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Use 99% Isopropyl Alcohol and a coffee filter. Don't really use Q-tips or Paper towel or shirt or anything like that. They leave tiny things like lint and those little cloth strands.
so you think a 70% isopropyl is to little of a %
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Use 99% Isopropyl Alcohol and a coffee filter. Don't really use Q-tips or Paper towel or shirt or anything like that. They leave tiny things like lint and those little cloth strands.
so you think a 70% isopropyl is to little of a %

99% to me is better. It dries instantly and leaves a perfect shine.
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the only time i use 99.593% percent alky is when doing soldering or reflowing.
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Isopropyl alcohol is multi-purpose. smile.gif And it's a whole lot cheaper than the other cleaners I think. I mean a big bottle to use to clean other things and disinfecting wounds for only like $4.
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Water cannot damage your CPU. It's perfectly safe to wash the things, and I regularly use hot tap water, dish soap, and a toothbrush to remove more stubborn compound. As long as everything is dry before you attempt to use it, there is very little computer hardware (mostly drives) than can be damaged by water.

I generally use medical pads and 91% isopropyl or 100% acetone to remove any residues from the contact pads or IHS surface. 70% will work, but often has to be dried manually due to its high water content.

Regarding Ivy Bridge and other CPUs that do not have soldered IHSes, avoid submersion in stronger solvents (water is ok, acetone or high purity alcohol is not), as they can get in via the vent and will attack the TIM between the die and IHS.
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Water cannot damage your CPU. It's perfectly safe to wash the things, and I regularly use hot tap water, dish soap, and a toothbrush to remove more stubborn compound. As long as everything is dry before you attempt to use it, there is very little computer hardware (mostly drives) than can be damaged by water.

I generally use medical pads and 91% isopropyl or 100% acetone to remove any residues from the contact pads or IHS surface. 70% will work, but often has to be dried manually due to its high water content.

Regarding Ivy Bridge and other CPUs that do not have soldered IHSes, avoid submersion in stronger solvents (water is ok, acetone or high purity alcohol is not), as they can get in via the vent and will attack the TIM between the die and IHS.

Out of pure curiosity (not being sarcastic), so will it be okay if I drop my CPU in a swimming pool and dry it off completely before seating it?
   
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Out of pure curiosity (not being sarcastic), so will it be okay if I drop my CPU in a swimming pool and dry it off completely before seating it?

Yes. Though I would rinse the pool water off before drying it.

You could probably flush the CPU down the toilet, fish it out of your septic tank (or the local sewer), rinse it, and it would work fine.

They are made of durable, largely non-reactive materials, and LGA CPUs don't even have any parts that are easy to physically break off.
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I use pre injection swabs u can get 100's for a pittance on ebay, good to wipe all sorts thumb.gif

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70% alcohol is OK :thumb.gif:
 
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