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Hi guys, so i have just taken my heatsink off for the very first time since i have bought the PC and the thermal paste that the company used is horrible. I have cleaned the heatsink and it smudged alot before i got it clean and it went in tiny gaps. Here is a pic of the CPU:

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Im using 99.9% rubbing alcohol and coffee filters. Any advice on what to use to get it out of the tiny gaps?

Do i have to clean it with anything else after rubbing alcohol? Or do i leave it to dry/evaporate off afterwards?

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Edited by 8564dan - 8/15/11 at 4:23am
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Use a coffee filter with that alchohol. Thats how i do it, then i fold up the coffee filter so it has a point to it and get the access TIM on the processor. Hope this helps.
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Just use paper towels and Q-Tips with the alcohol. Give it about 30 seconds or so to fully dry, and you're good to go after that. thumb.gif

EDIT:
Coffee filters are MUCH better than paper towels though. Q-tips will help with the tighter areas though.
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Wow, they did a great job. /idiots

Take the CPU out (handle carefully) and clean it and the socket. Rubbing alcohol is fine, just wipe and let it dry.
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Thanks guys, guess i was doing it right then lol.
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Originally Posted by Crack_Fox;14588437 
Wow, they did a great job. /idiots

Take the CPU out (handle carefully) and clean it and the socket. Rubbing alcohol is fine, just wipe and let it dry.

I wish i had the original packaging fot the cpu so i could put it in its protective packet or whatever to clean it.

Yeah, since having bought this PC and being on this forum, i have learnt my lesson in allowing a company to build it for me. Some of the things ive found eek.gif. Im all for doing it yourself now lol. smile.gif
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you're supposed to use the alcohol later after 99% of the crap is gone, not put a damp cloth on all that paste coz that would just make a mess like on the pictures tongue.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by hazarada;14589094 
you're supposed to use the alcohol later after 99% of the crap is gone, not put a damp cloth on all that paste coz that would just make a mess like on the pictures tongue.gif

Yeah lol, i didnt soak it with alcohol first smile.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by 8564dan;14588486 
I wish i had the original packaging fot the cpu so i could put it in its protective packet or whatever to clean it.

Trust me on this, you do not need to worry about touching anything on the CPU. Just don't break the components off on the back and you are OK.

Even water doesn't matter one bit, they are waterproof and this has been proven over and over again... you can even throw the CPU in the washer and it will be fine if you let it dry out. It sounds really dumb but it is NOT.

To give you an example (and I should have taken pictures but at the time I just wanted to get my CPU cleaned and installed again):

Recently I water lapped my CPU and heatsink. I had nothing to protect the CPU. I did the best I could covering it in foil (which does not build static, be ultra careful of this, there can be 10s of thousands of volts when you rub socks on carpet), knowing that water or a little bit of metal dust wasn't going to be a threat in the end.

But the foil turned out to RETAIN all the water/dirt, so when I removed it the gold leads were so brown it literally looked like someone wiped **** all over it.

I still wasn't really concerned, all I needed to do was clean it off. After an hour of isopropyl I really hadnt gotten ANYWHERE, this just goes to show you I really stained the connections really F-ing badly.

Eventually I found that the xylene based cleaners Articlean 1 and 2 were doing a lot better than the isopropyl alcohol. 5 or 6 hours later, it was shiny like new. Yay. I went over it a final time with isopropyl (I literally poured it on top of the components on the back as well as the front) to make sure there wasn't any residue left over, and finally I set it on a flat surface underneath my ceiling fan for the night.

The next day I ran a hair dryer over it carefully (they can get really hot so you gotta be careful) for a few minutes, let it sit for a few more hours, and then installed it a total of 14-16 hours after finishing cleaning. While I had a headache after the 5-6 hours of inhaling isopropyl and xylene fumes, everything worked just fine later (and I got a really big temp drop from lapping smile.gif).

Moral of the story is you do not need to baby your CPU. Just get it clean, and prioritize cleaning ALL TIM off... TIM and static have the potential to damage hardware while water/alcohol really cannot, provided you don't install it like an idiot when there's water still on the outside of the chip.

[ame]www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahhSDEgkqQ8[/ame]
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Quote:
Originally Posted by 8564dan;14588486 
I wish i had the original packaging fot the cpu so i could put it in its protective packet or whatever to clean it.

It's an LGA chip, it doesn't need protection.

If the paste is really bothering you, get a tooth brush, some dish soap, and take it over to your sink and scrub it clean, rise well, dry it, then wipe it down with a lint free cloth and residue free solvent.
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is it really that important to rub the paste off with alcohol or does it just make it come off easier? i usually just use a tissue and water, works fine on all of them so far...
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