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How do I get rid of a fingerprint on my CPU? Does it even matter?

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My last part (my psu) comes tomorrow, so I said why not put together the test build outside the case so I can just get a headstart. Sigh..

 

Lever arm felt like it was going to snap when locking cpu in place, I'd be surprised if no pins are bent with the amount of force I used and number of times I took the cpu on and off to see if I placed it wrong or something.

 

 

But anyways, I have a bunch of fingerprints (oily hands I guess?) on the cpu and on the mobo. Should I clean this? And with what? How?

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Doesn't really matter, though it will come off with iso alc just like anything else will. It's a good idea to give your hands a good wash before touching your components to avoid this kind of thing. It's not really dangerous for the parts but if your like me and have really really oily skin it's basically a must to avoid making things gross.

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If you clean it, i should clean it wil ispropyl alcohol and some kind of toiletpaper or something. But make sure that no pieces toiletpaper are left behind. 

 

Good luck with your build anyways :)

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Little wipe with Isopropyl Alcohol always helps. just make sure there are no fibers left over on the components.

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Doesn't really matter, though it will come off with iso alc just like anything else will. It's a good idea to give your hands a good wash before touching your components to avoid this kind of thing. It's not really dangerous for the parts but if your like me and have really really oily skin it's basically a must to avoid making things gross.

Yeah...not really happy with myself atm.

 

it won't wreck the thermal paste when I put it on?

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Yeah...not really happy with myself atm.

 

S it won't wreck the thermal paste when I put it on?

No, I've never noticed any sort of issues, I tested it and after removing the paste several months later it all looked normal.

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Yeah...not really happy with myself atm.

 

S it won't wreck the thermal paste when I put it on?

The oils on your skin CAN inhibit the thermal paste from making full contact and transferring heat properly (meaning higher temps). Not sure how high of a likelihood this is, but it can happen. It's best to clean the fingerprint off.

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The cpu arm is supposed to feel like your going to snap the motherboard when you press it down, it holds the cpu in place really tightly. Other than that I think you should be fine, it's not a huge deal, but if you insist, clean it with rubbing alcohol and a coffee filter, you can use a paper towel but make sure there are no fibers left on the cpu.

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The oils on your skin CAN inhibit the thermal paste from making full contact and transferring heat properly (meaning higher temps). Not sure how high of a likelihood this is, but it can happen. It's best to clean the fingerprint off.

 

Well said, same applies to water-based paints, believe it or not, during curing phase, it might leave an airpocket too and starts to wrinkle and bubble. That said, it might not distribute heat properly on the CPU, I would wipe it down with alcohol for the rest of mind.

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