Topic Title: Storing CPU for possible later use
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Created On: 10/16/2013 04:43 PM
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 10/16/2013 04:43 PM
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Hello All......Quick question......I recently upgraded my motherboard/CPU combo from ASRock A55M-HVS/AMD APU A8-3850 CPU to ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0/AMD FX 6300 CPU. I put aside my ASRock/3850 APU for a "rainy day", in the event I need a spare mobo/CPU unit if I have any problems with my upgraded unit. How long can I keep the CPU/APU installed onto the mobo?.......Is there maybe a certain time period (6 months, a year, 2 years, etc)when I should reinstall the APU with thermal paste? THANX!!!Jimmy ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 motherboardAMD FX 6300 6 core CPU 3.5 GHzAMD Radeon HD 5670 Graphics Card 2 Gbs DDR3 PCIEx16WD Caviar Black 750 Gbs Internal Hard Drive 7200 RPMCoolMax v600 600Watt power supply unitWindows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM version 

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You can leave the CPU in the socket forever, but you need to clean off the old thermal interface material and reapply it every time you remove the heatink.

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