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My buddy just got himself a new pc. We were piecing it together, so it is all different parts that we got. Well his cpu burned up. Right from when we started the computer. It didn't even work once. I was wondering if it would have been anything that we did. We coated the top with arctic silver just where we were suppose to. Will too much do anything?? It didn't look like it spread anywhere either. Plus we got some on the other part of the top of the CPU. We wiped it off really good. I didn't think it would have fried it. I mean i put together 2 and i did the same thing to one of them, but i cleaned it off. It is running fine. Well if i could get some input that would be great. My buddy is pretty upset about it and i feel really bad about his processor frying up.
Arctic Silver, unless it is a fake fabrication, isn't electric current conductive, so there is no worry if it spilled over, I think the CPU was DOA (it is impossible to mislead an Athlon CPU into the socket. Were there any pins bent/broken/missing on CPU?
PSU???? Well i think you are meaning the socket. Well i looked at it and looks all well. No pins looked like they were missing or anything. The Processor was OEM though. So does it look like it was DOA???? I sure hope so. I don't want to think it was anything i had done.
Originally posted by neo77777 Arctic Silver, unless it is a fake fabrication, isn't electric current conductive
I was under the impression that Arctic Silver WAS conductive. Isn't elemental silver the best conductor known to man? Even in the instructions it says to make sure none spills because it could bridge two connectors.
My father in law is an electrician, and according to him, pure copper is the best conductor known to man.
Just thought I would toss that in there...
And it could make a difference, I doubt it would, but it could. AMD approved PSU's are all I go for.
To check it, toss it in a working computer. huh huh, after saying that, it sounds like a very bad idea. ZAP! There goes the "working" computer, now what?, huh huh, maybe you should wait and see if someone has a better idea
RacerD, because I got curious, I decided to find a reliable source and find out for myself. You are very correct.
Gold is THE BEST solid conductor of electricity, but is not used for several reasons, 1 is mentioned above (is more expensive and hard to procure) another is that gold is very soft. Soft stuff moves. This is not good if it is not "covered" or coated with a more sturdy/solid metal or composite.
Silver is next. Silver is also very good, but falls under some of the same ideas of gold. It's soft.
Copper is 3rd in the chain game, and is 70 times more conductive than the next item on the list of conductive materials. Copper is stronger than the 2 above metioned, and is used in more cases because of it's extremely low price, and it's ability to last longer. It's less prone to corrosion than the other 2 listed, and is therefore more "universally" a better conductor.
Those are the best solid conductors.
Not that this would help you any, but it's good knowledge for anyone interested.