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Old December 2, 2012, 06:46 PM
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Just to be clear... while putting stress on the memory/memory slots is not a good thing at all, the bigger concern is that the contact is preventing your heatsink from fully mating with the top of your processor.
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Is there any trick when applying the thermal paste and mounting? I just applied a bit of paste in the center of the top of the CPU, then firmly placed the cooler on top of it. I tried to evenly distribute the pressure when pushing down on the cooler.

When I'm reapplying the thermal paste, do I need to remove the old thermal paste? Or can I cover it over?
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Old December 2, 2012, 06:53 PM
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You will want to remove the old paste with a lint free rag and maybe a bit of rubbing alcohol. Then just put a little bead the size of a cooked grain of rice in the centre of the cpu, then let the heatsink spread it out naturally.
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