Accidentally touched bottom of cpu.

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I have bought an i5-8400 and I accidentally touched the bottom of the cpu (not in the middle). I could say that I rubbed it a little bit (without putting any significant pressure). Will this have any negative effect on my cpu. The cpu looks like nothing has happenned, but I want to ensure that everything is ok. (The cpu has conductive pads, not pins).
 
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Is this for sure? Won't dust have got into the cpu? Also, when I tried putting it back to the cpu, I placed it kinda not where it should be and I had to apply some pressure to put it into the plastic case. Wont anything have happened?
 

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Yes.

But if you're still concerned, to put your mind at ease...clean it.
Isopropyl alcohol and a coffee filter. Carefully, so you don't knock anything off.
 
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I asked a person who knows about pc's and stuff like that what I should do to ensure that my cpu is 100% ok and he told me that I should hold it and check if there are any finger prints on its bottom. I took it out of its plastic case, everything was normal, but i accidentally touched the top of the cpu, leaving finger prints (my hands were not wet or anything like that). Should I just clean it with alcohol after I put it on my motherboard?
 

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If there is a visible fingerprint, then yes...clean that off.
 
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Yes, it is visible.. Will everything be ok after i clean it off ? Also, should I put alcohol on the bottom of the cpu? I checked it and it seems ok (no finger prints or anything). Won't the fact that I rubbed the CPU affect its performance (because of static electrism)?
 

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Yes it will be fine.
And static electricity does not work like that.
 
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Are you sure that static electricity won't have affected anything... Cause I saw in many videos that you should not wear a jacket while touching pc parts(I was wearing a jacket).Does this only matter when you touch pc parts after they have been used on your pc?
 

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Am I 100% sure to an absolute totality that it was not affected?
No.

99.5%? Yes.


All you can do it put it together and see what happens.
 

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what if what if what if....

Your CPU is fine.
Don't stress.
 
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This is just my first build ever and I guess that I am worrying too much about everything... I hope that the CPU is fine. I can't do anything about it, so worrying wont help. I will just rub its top with alcohol after I place it into the motherboard and I will use an app which test whether or not your cpu is ok.
 

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