Is it safe to use my Ryzen 3 1200 processor after possibly over heating it?

Elf_Knight

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I didn't have any thermal paste for a few days and read online you could use tooth paste as thermal paste. In fact, I used it in an Intel PC ages ago with no problems. However, I ran out of thermal paste for this Ryzen build so I used toothpaste I had on hand for a few days. It was working fine and temps were normal but this morning I got a sudden urge to check on the processor and change it because I got my thermal paste last night just didn't have time to do that. However, this morning I tried unscrewing my processor and it wouldn't unscrew after a while. At first I thought that the screws were jammed or something. Then I realised it was unscrewed but the processor was stuck to the heatsink. I tried pulling it off and managed to pull it off but I heard this really strange sound of rushing air almost like a vacuum or something. There wasn't a bang or explosion though it sounded really scary for a minute.

Then I noticed tons of melted plastic around the CPU edges which I now realise are the tooth paste. The heatsink base that goes on the CPU is really stuck with burnt tooth paste though I can clean it off. I might have cleaning alcohol if not would just water and toilet paper work? I do have fresh thermal paste to install. I also noticed my graphics card was warm to the touch though all the temperatures on the AMD software were well under 80 degrees. My CPU was not overheating though I guess I got lucky that I checked on it today before it got totally destroyed. I am really worried about using it again. Would it still work? I Had a weird issue where my PC turned off randomly one time when I moved the tower on my desk while it was still on but that could have been a loose cable cause it worked fine. My case does not have greatest airflow. I might get a new case soon or some more fans. It's a budget cooler master micro atx case.

My specs:
Ryzen 3 1200
Gigabyte Micro ATX motherboard
8gb DDR4 2400 mhz ram dual channel
240gb Kingston SSD
1TB HDD Western Digital Blue
550 watt Corsair VS power supply
only 1 120mm exhaust fan (should I get two more for intake?)

I got the tooth paste off on the outside. Trying to clean the CPU now. Pins seem okay.
 

Elf_Knight

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Yeah the temps were fine! Also it looked like plastic but it was just the blue tooth paste that had melted. I checked before and I don't think there was any plastic on the heatsink or CPU. The CPU had pre applied thermal paste but I had to remove that due to changing a motherboard and stuff. So there was no plastic from the heatsink or processor. It was just the tooth paste which is a huge relief. Temps were fine though so I will go to the shop when in a bit and get some rubbing alcohol, clean it up and put on the fresh thermal paste. So relieved I found this out when I did and that I didn't try to overclock it or anything!
 

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I managed to get the processor mostly clean. However I noticed this goop on the pins which is most likely tooth paste. Is it safe to use the processor with that stuff on? I will go to the store to get tweezers and a magnifying glass so I can try to remove it but I don't wanna break the pins. Any thoughts on this?
 

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Thank you! I am waiting for my cleaning alcohol to arrive tomorrow. That 99% stuff.
 

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