3 Replies Latest reply on Oct 23, 2009 10:57 AM by MarkJohnson

    reusing processor? help please!

      Hello~ a friend of mine built my new computer with a new i7 920 processor.  It was working great, but then we took out the processor (the actually chip?) from the housing.  If the processor wasn't damaged when it was taken out, will it still work if I put it back in?  Do I need my friend to redo any of the setup/config? I read somewhere that it will not work at, and another place that it will work with new thermal paste.  I appreciate your help and time reading/answering my post!!!!


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        • 1. Re: reusing processor? help please!

          If its working and its completely clean it will work fine and yes you will need to add some new thermal paste but what did you take i out for in the first place!

          • 2. Re: reusing processor? help please!

            Ithink you can reuse your existing thermal paste...once the processor has been replaced, let it sit for a while so the fan and processor can mate...I know this sounds wierd, but if you turn the power back on, it will recycle, meaning the power will shut down then start up, then shut down.  Don't do a thing..walk away, for a few hours then try again and the power will be stable...


            If you don't want to wait, then clean the old thermal paste, apply a dab on the middle of the processor and you're ready to go...


            I assume Intel has thermal paste to sell...

            • 3. Re: reusing processor? help please!

              Yes, you can reuse the processor, but be careful.  it can be damaged from static electricity easy.


              you also MUST replace the thermal paste.  make sure to clean the old off really well.  use 90% isoproponol alcohol or acetone.  don't use stuff like fingernail polish remover or other specialty cleaners as they may mix othher harmful chemicals.