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Can thermal paste on a pcie slot cause resets?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hi, i upgraded my old build and i realised i dripped thermal paste on the pcie slot , when i first built my system. I went to change my 1060 with a 1080 but it keeps on reseting, when playing games. Not the cpu over heating, 50degrees while playing, and not the psu, since its a new one, and not the graphics card, since it is new. Could the themal paste on the slot be causing resets?

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yah that can cause all sorts of problems, clean it off


I spent $2500 on building my PC and all i do with it is play no games atm & watch anime at 1080p(finally)...

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#1. Treat others as you would like to be treated.

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#3. There is nothing "wrong" with being wrong. Learning from a mistake can be more valuable than not making one in the first place.

 

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5 minutes ago, Johnprogamez said:

Hi, i upgraded my old build and i realised i dripped thermal paste on the pcie slot , when i first built my system. I went to change my 1060 with a 1080 but it keeps on reseting, when playing games. Not the cpu over heating, 50degrees while playing, and not the psu, since its a new one, and not the graphics card, since it is new. Could the themal paste on the slot be causing resets?

What do you mean resetting? like the PC restarting?

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I did the same mistake on the RAM DIMM slot, I cleaned it by dipping a tooth brush into 80% alcohol then brushed the mess, let it dry and install all the components, and I got no problems till now.

 

 

 

I had other problem and it was an unexpecting miss-suspected issue. It was a Displayport cable affecting the motherboard to turn the CPU debug LED on, and unable to boot with intermittent power blinks.

 

I suspected that my PSU or the CPU are the ones which might fail, but after the long tries and never give up curiousity to search the real suspect, I ended up found that my Displayport cable is the root cause of my PC problem, you might see this as nonsense, because why on earth a DP cable can caused a system not to boot? But it was real and happened to me.

 

After I ditched that crappy DP cable and use my previous slightly damaged DP cable and also tried to use the DVI cable instead the problem is gone and I never see it come back again till now.. This is one of a strange PC problem. I was about to RMA my PSU though, but luckily I sorted it out before it happen..


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Anything that gets stuck in a slot/socket could cause resets.Some thermal pastes can be electrically conductive as well which for sure would cause resets/shut offs. Clean out the slot and it should fix the issue.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
6 minutes ago, Astarore said:

Anything that gets stuck in a slot/socket could cause resets.Some thermal pastes can be electrically conductive as well which for sure would cause resets/shut offs. Clean out the slot and it should fix the issue.

My arctic mx-4 is non conductive

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Posted · Original PosterOP
52 minutes ago, _Hustler_One_ said:

I did the same mistake on the RAM DIMM slot, I cleaned it by dipping a tooth brush into 80% alcohol then brushed the mess, let it dry and install all the components, and I got no problems till now.

 

 

 

I had other problem and it was an unexpecting miss-suspected issue. It was a Displayport cable affecting the motherboard to turn the CPU debug LED on, and unable to boot with intermittent power blinks.

 

I suspected that my PSU or the CPU are the ones which might fail, but after the long tries and never give up curiousity to search the real suspect, I ended up found that my Displayport cable is the root cause of my PC problem, you might see this as nonsense, because why on earth a DP cable can caused a system not to boot? But it was real and happened to me.

 

After I ditched that crappy DP cable and use my previous slightly damaged DP cable and also tried to use the DVI cable instead the problem is gone and I never see it come back again till now.. This is one of a strange PC problem. I was about to RMA my PSU though, but luckily I sorted it out before it happen..

Ill try it!

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