A client of mine brought in a computer he wanted to get cleaned up, OS reinstall, and had a video card in hand he wanted me to install... no big deal.
So I open up the case and see this...
I've got most of it cleaned up, its looking great. The only problem area is inside the pin holes on the CPU socket.
I have a risky theory that this thermal paste is non-conductive, which would explain how he went all this time without an incident. Assuming this is true, it shouldn't necessarily matter that a little bit is still in the socket right?
Also, the thermal paste was in fact inside the socket when I first removed the processor.
Thanks for your time!!