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Im using a stock cooler trying to replace it with a CM one or something but how do i do that? If i take it out would i have to deal with some thermal paste residue?
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Im using a stock cooler trying to replace it with a CM one or something but how do i do that? If i take it out would i have to deal with some thermal paste residue?
Yes, assuming you know how to remove the old heatsink and can follow instructions on installing the new one, you just use some rubbing alcohol and a coffee filter (lint free) and/or Q-tips to remove the residue from the old TIM.

If you don't know how to remove a heatsink, just Google it. There are plenty of resources out there. It usually comes down to removing a couple screws or popping a clip or two and then removing the back plate, which requires removing the motherboard if your case doesn't allow you to get at it while installed.
Edited by Kaldari - 7/24/11 at 7:31pm
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To remove the stock heat sink, you will need a flat head screw driver. And you simple turn the latch the opposite way and it will unlock, you have to do it 4 times. Once you do that pull off on it and the snap locks will come out of the board. You may have to wiggle it from side to side to get it all the way out.

Grab some 91% isopropyl alcohol and some good paper towels or coffee filters as suggested and remove the old paste off the top of the cpu. Then read the instructions for your new heat sink and use the applied thermal compound that comes with it.

Don't forget you have to put the back plate on the back of the board. If your case doesn't have a cut out on the inside of the case, you will have to remove the whole motherboard to install it. Remember on the thermal paste to use a small rice grain size in the middle of the cpu. Good luck.
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To remove the stock heat sink, you will need a flat head screw driver. And you simple turn the latch the opposite way and it will unlock, you have to do it 4 times.
One time , for each connector ( just to clarify).
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post #5 of 10
Use a flashlight when doing it, and yes, it just like 1 turn, or a half a turn (180 degrees), you should be able to hear, and feel it un-snap/latch.

BTW...be real careful, with the isopropyl alcohol
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removing it physically isnt the problem, because i installed in the first place and im guessing its the same thing but in reverse. cleaning it sounds weird to me, has a CPU ever died from doing that? And installing a whole new CPU cooler i guess would depend on the what will go for.
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Just go slow, and don't drip any liquid! You'll be fine.
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removing it physically isnt the problem, because i installed in the first place and im guessing its the same thing but in reverse. cleaning it sounds weird to me, has a CPU ever died from doing that? And installing a whole new CPU cooler i guess would depend on the what will go for.
You only clean the top side where the TIM is. The tender bits are well protected by the cover.

If a little runs over, just let it dry for a couple minutes. Alcohol evaporates very fast anyway.
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Yeah I got a hyper 212+ coming tomorrow, I'm excited for it. I want to get on with OCing my CPU now that I've finished my GPU.

I hear installing the hyper 212+ is pretty confusing. We'll see about that though .

Yea youll need thermal paste, I really don't know which one is the best but I think Arctic Silver 5 has pretty good specs. Just search for the proper instructions on their website before you do it because they're fairly specific (but not complicated) and it's important to do it right. Don't overdo the amount of paste. It's not necessary... remember the surfaces are going to be pressed tightly right up against each other so you don't need a huge glob.

Clean with high concentration isopropyl alcohol (90% or more) and use coffee filters to wipe the surfaces. Don't use paper towels because they leave lint behind which is really really bad for heat transfer.
    
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Yeah I got a hyper 212+ coming tomorrow, I'm excited for it. I want to get on with OCing my CPU now that I've finished my GPU.

I hear installing the hyper 212+ is pretty confusing. We'll see about that though .

Yea youll need thermal paste, I really don't know which one is the best but I think Arctic Silver 5 has pretty good specs. Just search for the proper instructions on their website before you do it because they're fairly specific (but not complicated) and it's important to do it right. Don't overdo the amount of paste. It's not necessary... remember the surfaces are going to be pressed tightly right up against each other so you don't need a huge glob.

Clean with high concentration isopropyl alcohol (90% or more) and use coffee filters to wipe the surfaces. Don't use paper towels because they leave lint behind which is really really bad for heat transfer.
I made the mistake of buying arctic silver to use with my 212. From what i've read, it's an older generation and there's a lot that works better. I would try the one that came with the heatsink first. I've heard it's pretty good as well.
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