[SOLVED] How long does pre applied thermal paste on a Ryzen 5 5600x stock cooler last before installing it on the CPU?

rodres268

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Hello, I'm building a new PC, and the only components I have so far are the CPU and GPU. I opened my AMD Ryzen 5 5600x box because I wanted to verify the state of the CPU and Cooler and I took them out of the box, both seem fine. However, I can see the Stock CPU Cooler has pre applied thermal paste... Is it ok if I just leave the stock cooler in my building bench/open air? Can Air/Oxygen alter the state of pre applied thermal paste when it's out of the box? I'll recieve the rest of the parts next week.
 

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