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Can a pre system check be run without a thermal paste?

savionmi

38 months ago

Hi, I am building my first computer. I am trying to perform a quick out of the box basic system check, so basically running the computer with only the CPU, memory, PSU, and GPU connected. I have an Intel i5 6600k 3.5GHz and it does NOT come with a stock heatsink fan (that normally comes with pre-applied paste.) Instead I have a Hyper 212 EVO fan that would require a thermal paste when finally installing. For the test alone can I run the system without the paste?

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  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

To just check if it works it would be fine for that. However the Evo 212 comes with thermal paste.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your help. I have the paste just wanted a dry run first without. Anyways I connected it with the paste.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

I've pulled out motherboards and reinstalled them with the heatsink attached.

Yes, You can get away with it

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

You can get away with it for maybe test boots, but not intense gaming or video encoding or anything intensive

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