Could thermal paste in CPU socket keep me from overclocking?

So a while ago I got some thermal paste in my cpu sockets and pins. Turned out it was still okay but proceeded to overclock. I couldn't overclock for the life of me, is it the power draw pins that are getting blocked by the thermal paste or something. I was wondering if it was the PSU, the CPU, the MOBO or the thermal paste in the CPU socket that was keeping me from overclocking. RIght now I think it is the PSU but who knows. Appreciate the help.
BTW I have:
AMD FX 6300
32 gb of ram
GTX 960
and GA-78LMT-USB3
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  1. Overclocking is not a guarantee, despite what some fans of it post in the forums. Your CPU is not the strongest overclocker out there. Thermal Paste in a CPU socket is never good; most of the time this requires a replacement motherboard. How bad depends on which pinholes and how much paste.

    How far in to the OC did you get? Did you change the multiplier? Did you raise the voltage? You mention suspecting your PSU is crap but failed to mention what your PSU is.

    Also, I have no experience with your particular motherboard, but I have read others had OC issues with it due to voltage instability at fairly mild overclocking levels.
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  2. bjornl said:
    Overclocking is not a guarantee, despite what some fans of it post in the forums. Your CPU is not the strongest overclocker out there. Thermal Paste in a CPU socket is never good; most of the time this requires a replacement motherboard. How bad depends on which pinholes and how much paste.

    How far in to the OC did you get? Did you change the multiplier? Did you raise the voltage? You mention suspecting your PSU is crap but failed to mention what your PSU is.

    Also, I have no experience with your particular motherboard, but I have read others had OC issues with it due to voltage instability at fairly mild overclocking levels.


    Hi, thanks for the reply.
    There is a bit of thermal paste that got in, its as small as a bread crumb maybe. I actually don't know what part of the pinholes got thermal paste on them.
    I can never overclock at all, if I do the BIOS spits a message saying "the system has experienced issues from overclocking". To over clock I only change mulitplier and increased voltage. The PSU is a EVGA 550w 80+ certified(It' pretty cheap)
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  3. Have you tried just a minimal increase in the multiplier and no change to the voltage?
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  4. bjornl said:
    Have you tried just a minimal increase in the multiplier and no change to the voltage?


    Yes I have tried almost every possible combination for overclocking. At stock voltage, at different multipliers and voltages.
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