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Preaplied thermal paste help

So I just got a Corsair H100x and I pulled it out of the plastic bag and the cover that was on the bottom fell of and stayed in the plastic bag. I took it out and looked at the cooler and the paste touched my shirt and smeared some paste over my shirt, there is now a spot on the cooler with no paste, can I still use it? I don't have thermal paste around.

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it will probably work but id clean it off and apply new stuff tbh

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You'll be fine. Monitor your temps after hooking things up just to be sure.

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Yeah, it will probably work because the mounting pressure will spread the paste that is still there out a bit in all directions.

But if it was me I would just clean it off, get new paste, and reapply. Just to be safe.

A little too much thermal paste is better than too little so I always err on that side of things.

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This is so easily done! Same happens to me with the first cooler I bought.

 

I just cleaned it off and applied my own paste and it works fine.

 

I will redo the paste one day but I need a new tube now as mine is very old (2011 I think)

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49 minutes ago, MaxMine10 said:

I don't have thermal paste around.

Everyone recommending he apply new paste didn't read the entire post.

That being said.  If you are going to be building or working on a computer you should have some on hand. Thermal paste, even the good stuff, is fairly cheap.

I agree with what others have said apply the block and check your temperatures.  If the temps are good you are, too.  If it's good or not you should buy a tube of whatever your favorite paste is.

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Theres enough on their, dont worry.

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