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theminiondude
Adept III

How long can CPU with thermal paste stay outside?

i built a pc and when i turned it on it didnt work, i am sending my motherboard for replacement. i had to remove the cpu and the cooler therefore i cant clean the thermal paste. i've order

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B016Y59W4E/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000BKP306/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0045JCFLY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I placed back the cooler and the ryzen chip how it came in the box and the plastic protector.

is this safe. the orders going to arrive between 19 to 22 may

Please help me out the ryzen 1700 is expensive and so my pc and i dont want a little scratch

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whiskey-foxtrot
Forerunner

Re: How long can CPU with thermal paste stay outside?

Relax. It should be fine for a few days. I generally use a paper towel or cotton swab and Isopropyl (or rubbing) alcohol without additives to clean off thermal paste, and then dust off any stray fibers on the surface. You have to be careful with the pins though - you don't want to bend those or get anything else stuck in them or your motherboard.

spinalfailed
Challenger

Re: How long can CPU with thermal paste stay outside?

Leaving TIM on a cpu will not harm it, no matter how long.  It is no different than it being on the CPU with a cooler.  The only issue you have, with regard to time, is the more it dries out the more difficult and time consuming it is to clean. 

jamesc359
Miniboss

Re: How long can CPU with thermal paste stay outside?

As has been said it won't hurt it at all. I'd recommend isopropyl alcohol and coffee filters for cleaning a CPU/Cooler for four reasons, one is that odds are good you've already got both in the house, two they're cheap, three coffee filters are lint free and won't leave any fibers behind and lastly coffee filters are disposable which makes cleanup a lot easier.

theminiondude
Adept III

Re: How long can CPU with thermal paste stay outside?

whiskey-foxtrot​, spinalfailed​, jamesc359

this is the only thing i could find and some ear cleaning cotton. is this fine?. check out the picture of the products!

http://imgur.com/I8BFO2l

http://imgur.com/XLAEhLV

i've also ordered these things

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B016Y59W4E/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1   Arriving 18 May - 22 May

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000BKP306/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1​  Arriving 17 May - 19 May

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0045JCFLY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1   Arriving 17 May - 19 May

can i wait for the things to arrive?

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derrickgott007
Miniboss

Re: How long can CPU with thermal paste stay outside?

Keep that nail Polish remover away from your PC at all costs.  You WILL KILL EVERY part it comes in contact with.

Quick question:  how old are you?  You may want to get someone older and more experienced with PC building to help you before you ruin some pretty expensive components.