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I was just wondering what the best way to remove thermal paste from a cpu and heatsink is since i plan on replaceing the heatsink on my Phenom II x4 955. Also i was wondering if since this heatsink comes with pre-applied thermal paste that i just remove thermal paste from the CPU and then just put on the New heatsink and im good too go? (Never put on a heatsink by myself).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...6835186134#top
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post #2 of 23
Cotton Swabs and 90% or greater isopropyl alcohol. Or Arctic Silver Cleaner.

Also get this instead of that cooler:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103065

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103099

Also, follow this guide for TIM application on the 212+ if you decide to go this route:

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.ph...1&limitstart=5
Edited by importflip - 10/11/11 at 3:11pm
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Q-tips and isopropyl alcohol.
 
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Q-tips and isopropyl alcohol.
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Arctic Silver cleaning kit is the best and leaves a nice spot free finish... if you wanna put out a few more dollars
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post #6 of 23
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Originally Posted by importflip View Post
Cotton Swabs and 90% or greater isopropyl alcohol. Or Arctic Silver Cleaner.

Also get this instead of that cooler:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103065

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103099
This. I had the Arctic Freezer and it was a disappointment. The CM 212 on the other hand will not be a let down.
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Alcohol and coffee filters have worked really well for me. And my vote for the aftermarket heatsink is still the mugen2.
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post #8 of 23
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Originally Posted by h4344 View Post
I was just wondering what the best way to remove thermal paste from a cpu and heatsink is since i plan on replaceing the heatsink on my Phenom II x4 955. Also i was wondering if since this heatsink comes with pre-applied thermal paste that i just remove thermal paste from the CPU and then just put on the New heatsink and im good too go? (Never put on a heatsink by myself).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...6835186134#top
Yeah, you just remove the thermal paste off the CPU and put in the new heatsink if it already has a thermal pad / paste applied to it.

The articlean kit has worked well for me, and you get a lot of uses out of it too.
post #9 of 23
Some 90%+ isopropyl alcohol,coffee filters. Dont get that cooler.
post #10 of 23
I usually wipe off the bulk of it with a rag or paper towel, then with a lint free cloth use 70% or better isopropyl alcohol. 90% is desirable, but 70% will do just fine and wont leave any residue.

And as others have mentioned, don't get that Arctic cooler, it's not that great.
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