0PC Hardware CPU RAM UpgradeDon’t use too much TIM!

A quick note of warn­ing about apply­ing Thermal Grease / Heat­sink Com­pound to CPU’s. Don’t use loads! Not only will it not work very effect­ively, if you really go over­board it can leak over the sides of the cpu and get under­neath as it has in the image. This CPU (A pen­ti­um 4) was giv­en to me as “I think its broken”.


When I flipped it over I was­n’t sur­prised — there is so much arc­tic sil­ver com­pound on it that it got below the cpu and shor­ted out sev­er­al pins (mostly top left, some top right and bot­tom centre). The own­er in ques­tion was very lucky — after a thor­ough clean the “broken” CPU came fully back to lifeIntel Pentium 4 CPU with too much thermal compound TIM paste on pins

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