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pad and paste? oO?

this was my first time building a computer from scratch and i made of mistake of putting on the heatsink witht he pad on it because i thought it was stock paste on the bottom of the heatsink... well i had a friend come over and he put on paste. The thing is what was left on the pad transfered onto the surface of the processor and now it goes HEATSINK > THERMAL PASTE > PAD from stock heatsink > to CPU? Is there any serious problem to this????

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hmm i dont really think so

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however, i think u were suppose to clean off the remains of the old pad thing...but i dont think it'll pose a problem.

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Paste & pad are the same thing.

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But you should remove one before applying the other. Use pure isopropyl alcohol (NOT rubbing alcohol) and a q-tip to carefully remove both the factory grease and the new grease. Clean up around the proc, don't want excess paste shorting things out. Then place ONE BB-SIZED dot of thermal paste in the center and smear it around w/ a CLEAN instrument, like a toothpick. You're not making a PBJ sandwich, its only job is to fill the gaps between the heatsink & processor, it should not ooze out everywhere. Do this carefully! Should be good to go.

BTW I wouldn't want both, I'd clean & reapply. If there's a factory pad in the future, use it. It's every bit as good as Arctic Silver.

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did i mention?

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did i mention i was really lazy and don't feel like cleaning? rofl... well i only did apply a tiny bit of paste when i put it on but when i finish building my computer i'll be sure to clean up the mess i made on the processor... So all i need to do is what... dip the q-tip into the pure alcohol thing and then just rub and it shuold just come off?? or do i need to scratch it off with some blunt object?

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Q-tip should work fine.

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Just take it slow & easy, the wooden q-tips you can get at Radio Shack have less lint, but I've used generic too. You can also use their Tape Head Cleaner (if they still make it). Use lots of swabs, should take 3-4 to get it off. The only reason I'd bother to check is if there's a lot oozed out it could be future trouble.

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