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I recently cleaned out my system, and in the process took off my heatsink and CPU to reapply the thermal paste. I used the ArctiClean two-step clean/purify solutions to clean the old stuff off, and in the process got some of the solution on the bottom of the chip (i7-920). After cursing a bit, I was able to clean it off with the purifier solution, stuck it back in, fired it up, and things worked just fine.

Just wondering now if this will cause any problems - should I worry if it'll heat up, burn off any residual solution, and start to stink up the place? Or even short things out at some future date?
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post #2 of 11
I wouldn't worry about it.
Let it dry overnight if you're worried, it might smell citrusy though
    
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As the poster above person said you will be fine as long as it didn't take a bath in the stuff!
     
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post #4 of 11
next time use 99% alcohol on a swab or something. That's what I do and it cleans thermal paste off well.
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next time use 99% alcohol on a swab or something. That's what I do and it cleans thermal paste off well.
Plus alcohol dries up pretty fast. If you can find 90%+ isopropyl, works like a charm and it's cheap

Glad everything is working fine, I've heard a lot worse outcomes
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use 99% iso alcohol n q-tips works the best
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post #7 of 11
some qtips leave residue.

coffee filters are nice. I've found that even 70% alcohol works fine.
    
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post #8 of 11
You shouldn't buy those more-expensive, brand-name TIM removers. Isopropyl or acetone will do the job wonderfully, and both easily evaporate as well (much quicker than normal water).

Personally, I'd advise you in the future to just buy a bottle of isopropyl; it'd work for a ton of TIM removals. After you're done removing TIM, blot-dry and you should be good to go. No worries of whether the alcohol will cook off or if it'll affect your thermal performance.
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I just use wd-40 on 99 cent store q-tip swabbs. : ) for real.
Then wipe it off with cheap alchohol. dun.
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i use googone can be found almost anywhere that sells paint
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