I spent yesterday and last night building a new system and some hours ago I installed a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. I used Arctic Silver 5 for the paste.
I was about to get ready to turn on the computer and prepare the DVD drive to load the operating system disk but I didn't take into account that the motherboard that I have doesn't have an IDE connection to it. The DVD drive was given to me from a friend, some time ago.
My question is: by not turning on the computer as soon as I thought I would be, would this harm the computer in any way? I have read, from some place else, that once the paste is on you probably should begin by turning on the computer and let the compund start to bond? I used a small pea sized amount of the paste and attached the hyper 212 to the CPU.
It is a little after 3am and Walmart doesn't open up until 8 or 9am. Do I need to take off the CPU cooler or can I just leave it there for a little while longer? This was my first time installing a cooler such as this. I had some struggles trying to get it on..
Thanks for any suggestions anybody may have.