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Best solvent for removing stock Intel Ivy Bridge TIM?

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I was thinking of getting these Arctic Silver Arcticlean Thermal material Remover & Surface Purifier ACN-60ML (2-PC-SET)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100010

waste of money? if so, what's the best way to get rid of the stock ivy bridge paste before applying some arctic silver/mx-4 on the 3570k?
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I was thinking of getting these Arctic Silver Arcticlean Thermal material Remover & Surface Purifier ACN-60ML (2-PC-SET)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100010
waste of money? if so, what's the best way to get rid of the stock ivy bridge paste before applying some arctic silver/mx-4 on the 3570k?
I just used some rubbing alcohol on a coffee filter, worked just fine. Took awhile to get off, but nothing to difficult or time consuming. I really dont think tim remover is necessary.
 
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i5 4690K 4.2ghz 1.15v Asus Z97I-Plus EVGA GTX1070 ACX 3.0 HyperX 16gb 1866mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 850 Evo 250GB Western Digital Caviar Black1TB NZXT Kraken X41 Windows 7 Ultimate 
MonitorMonitorMonitorPower
ASUS VN247H-P ASUS VN247H-P ASUS VN247H-P SPI Magna Gold 750w 
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Corsair Obsidian 250D Zowie EC1-A Steelseries QCK XXL Fostex TH-X00 Mahogany 
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post #3 of 9
a Q tip and some 70% by volume rubbing alcohol. just barely wet the q tip you dont need a lot. its most likely going to be dry and sometimes you can just peel it right off with a card or something, then clean up the cpu
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I won't use rubbing alcohol with oil in it. I use isopropyl alcohol which is pure, no oil. thumb.gif
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I won't use rubbing alcohol with oil in it. I use isopropyl alcohol which is pure, no oil. thumb.gif

this and use cottom cloth to clean it entirely
Edited by PontiacGTX - 11/30/12 at 2:52pm
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If I'm using same TIM to re-install I often just wipe the cooler clean with no alcohol. Just make sure there is no lint on it. Doing this can help new application spread and seat better. It's called tinting. wink.gif
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90%+ isopropyl alcohol(available at any drugstore) and a coffee filter(they don't lint). Total cost of a few bucks and you have to wait on shipping.
post #8 of 9
How about Acetone or Methanol? Both 99%+ of course.
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How about Acetone or Methanol? Both 99%+ of course.

I wouldn't advise acetone as it tends to eat plastic.
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