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Super quick question, replacing thermal compound.

post #1 of 8
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What's the correct procedure here? do I clean the old thermal paste off with the CPU in the socket or do I take out the CPU first? (maybe there's the danger of bending some pins while applying pressure/cleaning).
post #2 of 8
Clean in place. You don't need much pressure to clean.
post #3 of 8
interesting question, i have always removed it so i dont make a mess around the socket..
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post #4 of 8
first remove the existing cooler. leave the CPU i the socket and if you can get a microfiber cloth then get 70-90% rubbing alcohol then rub. then reapply new thermal compound
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post #5 of 8
I always clean on socket since the CPU is clipped in and won't bend pins

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post #6 of 8
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So clean in-socket, got it, thanks guys. +rep to all
post #7 of 8
I cleaned a 775 cpu's ihs with a cotton swab and isopropyl alcohol, and didn't apply much force at all...
I'd go for it, but use isopropyl alcohol and something lint free. wink.gif
post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by ivanlabrie View Post

I cleaned a 775 cpu's ihs with a cotton swab and isopropyl alcohol, and didn't apply much force at all...
I'd go for it, but use isopropyl alcohol and something lint free. wink.gif

Yes,isopropyl alcohol, not rubbing alcohol wink.gif
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