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    I accidently put the CPU bottom down into the socket and a little bit of Intel Thermal Compound went on the motherboard socket (very minimal and not fresh). Should I be worried about this?

    Also, when I'm cleaning the CPU, can I use 95% ethanol?

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    What I would do in that situation would be to use some Arctic Silver Thermal paste remover to get it all off, and then (personally) I'd rinse it out just to sure there's nothing left in there. Then wait a few days for everything to dry out. As long as there is no electric current running through it, it will be fine. I've actually heard of people who have taken their motherboard to a car wash and sprayed it out before, and they still work fine afterwards. They just make sure to let it dry.

    WARNING: I will not be held reponsible for any damages that may result from the above advice. If you try this advice and don't make sure that your motherboard is completely dry before hooking your system back up, then you will end up messing up your motherboard and probably your processor as well.

    Now as far as the ethanol goes, I have never used it before. Most people try to use 90% isopropyl alcohol to clean electronics, because it dries fast, and doesn't leave a residue.

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    If you intend to physically clean the socket pins maybe an artists paintbrush but beware the solvent may effect the brush....do not use any form of cloth...... it can get hooked up in the pins (says the guy who did that and bent some pins)
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    I went out and bought a very fine tip brush and cleaned in between the pins with 95% ethanol.

    I'll let the die and pins dry off tonight, and I'm going to install the Nepartak tomorrow.

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    To make sure there are none of every bit of the paste or traces of ethanol left, use a can of compressed air, spary the socket good and use a hair blow dryer to dry the socket then leave it for 24hrs at least before you reinstall everything back.

    If there are any paste left in the socket then you processor will behave franticly (crashes, weird thing will happens). This did happen to one of our member before, but I can't remember who now :confused:.

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    Do you know if Intel i7 Stock Heat Sink Thermal Paste uses a conductive material (metal-based) or non-conductive (like silicon). If it is silicon I don't think it should be a problem, since the only real problem the CPU can have is the conductive metal forming a new circuit within the pins and causing short circuits.

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    I called Intel today, and they said their thermal paste is not conductive and not dangerous if it gets onto the pins, and that I could continue!!

    I made sure to get techie's name in case something goes wrong, then I have a cause to RMA

    Installing my Nepartak today with stock silicon gel.

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