Overclock.net › Forums › Cooling › Other Cooling Discussions › Cleaning chips with alcohol
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Cleaning chips with alcohol

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
I've in the past used alcohol to clean heatsinks and CPUs with the little piece of metal on them and that's all fine, but I'm now fixing an old laptop and it really needs a fresh load of paste... just to be sure, though, there should be no harm in using alcohol to clean the old paste off the chips, right? These are bare chips, no shims or integrated heatsinks or anything of the sort.
post #2 of 8
Yeah, you should be fine. Millions wash their chips down with beer. tongue.gif
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 Asus P6T deluxe v2 MSI 660 Ti PE 12 GB Corsair XMS3 6 x 2GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Agility 3  WD Black 2TB WD Green 2TB WD Black 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
LG Blu Ray RW Noctua NH-D14 Windows 8 Dell 2405FPW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ducky Shine II, Cherry MX Blues, White LED full... Corsair HX850W Corsair 600 T White special edition MS touch mouse 
Mouse Pad
Steelseries 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 Asus P6T deluxe v2 MSI 660 Ti PE 12 GB Corsair XMS3 6 x 2GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Agility 3  WD Black 2TB WD Green 2TB WD Black 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
LG Blu Ray RW Noctua NH-D14 Windows 8 Dell 2405FPW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ducky Shine II, Cherry MX Blues, White LED full... Corsair HX850W Corsair 600 T White special edition MS touch mouse 
Mouse Pad
Steelseries 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 8
This source: http://www.anyclean.co.uk/articles/how-to-clean-your-electronics.html , says that you can. I often see my computer science professor cleaning off computer chips with rubbing alcohol, so to my extent of electronics knowledge you should be fine doing so. Just be careful, you don't want to ruin any good electronics.
Tugboat
(18 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-6600K 4.7 GHz Core/4.0 GHz Uncore ASUS Z170-A 1 GHz FCLK MSI RX 480 8 GB 1425 MHz Core/8150 MHz Memory G.SKILL 2x8GB 3733 MHz 15-15-15-34 2T 645 tRFC 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Samsung 840 Pro 128 GB Noctua NH-D15 2 x Cougar CF-V12HP Top Intake Noctua NF-F12 2000 RPM Rear Exhaust 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
2 x Phanteks F140SP Front Intake Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut TIM Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Acer G257HL 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ducky Shine 5 MX Brown EVGA SuperNOVA 550 G2 Corsair Carbide Air 540 EVGA Torq X3L 
AudioAudio
Sennheiser HD 598 SE Audioengine D3 
  hide details  
Reply
Tugboat
(18 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-6600K 4.7 GHz Core/4.0 GHz Uncore ASUS Z170-A 1 GHz FCLK MSI RX 480 8 GB 1425 MHz Core/8150 MHz Memory G.SKILL 2x8GB 3733 MHz 15-15-15-34 2T 645 tRFC 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Samsung 840 Pro 128 GB Noctua NH-D15 2 x Cougar CF-V12HP Top Intake Noctua NF-F12 2000 RPM Rear Exhaust 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
2 x Phanteks F140SP Front Intake Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut TIM Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Acer G257HL 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ducky Shine 5 MX Brown EVGA SuperNOVA 550 G2 Corsair Carbide Air 540 EVGA Torq X3L 
AudioAudio
Sennheiser HD 598 SE Audioengine D3 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
Alright, thanks guys biggrin.gif
post #5 of 8
(Having worked as a Pharmacy Tech....) I would recommend going to a pharmacy or some place similar and looking for the highest-percentage Isopropyl Alcohol you can find. 90, 92, 92.5, 94, 95 percent are all very common, and also very inexpensive. These will all do fine for cleaning CPU's, althoughI wwould not recommend anything below 90% as the lower stuff is more likely to have impurities as it's held to lower standards.
However, I personally get the 97/98/98.5 percent stuff, which is extremely pure and as it has some specific medical uses is required to be filtered using much more stringent methods. Now, not all of it is made this way, but look for a certification on the bottle.

Also, the high-percentage Isopropyl Alcohol WILL pull water from the air if the relative humidity is at or aabove a certain level (ashamed I can't recall), so I would suggest NEVER leaving it open for more than literally a few seconds.
I have found that using 98.5% will allow for the chip to literally be soaked and not suffer any consequences. It also evaporates extremely quickly, and unlike some of the cheaper stuff, leaves absolutely no residue behind. It is all I will use for cleaning chips that have the little holes in their IHS, too.
   
Z77 Bench-a-lot
(31 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7 3930K @ 4.92Ghz Asus Rampage 4 Extreme EVGA GTX670 FTW 2GB  EVGA GTX780Ti Classified K|ngp|n Edition @ 1483... 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveHard Drive
EVGA GTX780Ti Classified K|ngp|n Edition @ 1483... 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws-Z @ DDR3-2248 9-10-9-26 1T Samsung 830 256GB SSD WD10EZEX 1TB HDD 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
WD10EALX 1TB HDD Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB WD3200AAKS 320GB HDD WD5000HHTZ 10krpm 500GB VelociRaptor 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
LG/Hitachi Slim DVD-R/W Custom MB-Backside VRM-sinks (Copper) 3x NZXT RF-FX140LB 1-2krpm 98.3CFM Case Fans 2x Corsair SP120-PE Case Fans 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Heatkiller GTX680 "Hole Edition" Block + Backplate XSPC Single-Bay Res (Single 5.25 bay) EK Multioption Res X2 - Advanced 150 DD "Fill-Port Res" + Fill-Port Fitting (Red) 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
2x MCP35X + Heatsinks/80x15mm Fan XSPC EX420 Alphacool NeXXos UT60 240 6x Bgears Blasters 140mm 1800rpm Fans 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
4x Koolance 120x25mm 2600rpm Fans Comp/Rotary Fittings (BP/XSPC/Monsoon) Primoflex Pro LRT - White (1/2x3/4) Windows 7 Professional 64bit  
MonitorMonitorMonitorMonitor
Dell P2210Hb 21.5" 1920x1080p Viewsonic VA2012WB 20.1" LCD 1680x1050 Dell U3014 Eizo 27" 1440p 10bit RGB-LED Backlit AH-IPS Panel 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
55" LG HDTV (their top 2014 model) Ducky Mechanical (Browns) NZXT HALE90 850W + 8 blown-up AX1200/i's NZXT Switch 810 (White) 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
R.A.T.3 + MX510 My Desk GRADO RS1i Headphones Grado PS1000 Headphones 
OtherOtherOtherOther
Bitfenix Hydra Pro Fan Controller 5ch 30W/ch Bitfenix Alchemy Individually-Sleeved Extension... NZXT Individually-Sleeved Front Panel Wires (Bl... Phobya Sleeved 1x3pin-to-4x3pin Fan Splitter 
OtherOtherOther
Sleeved Wires w Paracord myself (no Heatshrink) Custom Front and Top Panels w HexxMesh *In Prog... Working on Custom Pedestal Prototype 
  hide details  
Reply
   
Z77 Bench-a-lot
(31 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7 3930K @ 4.92Ghz Asus Rampage 4 Extreme EVGA GTX670 FTW 2GB  EVGA GTX780Ti Classified K|ngp|n Edition @ 1483... 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveHard Drive
EVGA GTX780Ti Classified K|ngp|n Edition @ 1483... 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws-Z @ DDR3-2248 9-10-9-26 1T Samsung 830 256GB SSD WD10EZEX 1TB HDD 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
WD10EALX 1TB HDD Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB WD3200AAKS 320GB HDD WD5000HHTZ 10krpm 500GB VelociRaptor 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
LG/Hitachi Slim DVD-R/W Custom MB-Backside VRM-sinks (Copper) 3x NZXT RF-FX140LB 1-2krpm 98.3CFM Case Fans 2x Corsair SP120-PE Case Fans 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Heatkiller GTX680 "Hole Edition" Block + Backplate XSPC Single-Bay Res (Single 5.25 bay) EK Multioption Res X2 - Advanced 150 DD "Fill-Port Res" + Fill-Port Fitting (Red) 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
2x MCP35X + Heatsinks/80x15mm Fan XSPC EX420 Alphacool NeXXos UT60 240 6x Bgears Blasters 140mm 1800rpm Fans 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
4x Koolance 120x25mm 2600rpm Fans Comp/Rotary Fittings (BP/XSPC/Monsoon) Primoflex Pro LRT - White (1/2x3/4) Windows 7 Professional 64bit  
MonitorMonitorMonitorMonitor
Dell P2210Hb 21.5" 1920x1080p Viewsonic VA2012WB 20.1" LCD 1680x1050 Dell U3014 Eizo 27" 1440p 10bit RGB-LED Backlit AH-IPS Panel 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
55" LG HDTV (their top 2014 model) Ducky Mechanical (Browns) NZXT HALE90 850W + 8 blown-up AX1200/i's NZXT Switch 810 (White) 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
R.A.T.3 + MX510 My Desk GRADO RS1i Headphones Grado PS1000 Headphones 
OtherOtherOtherOther
Bitfenix Hydra Pro Fan Controller 5ch 30W/ch Bitfenix Alchemy Individually-Sleeved Extension... NZXT Individually-Sleeved Front Panel Wires (Bl... Phobya Sleeved 1x3pin-to-4x3pin Fan Splitter 
OtherOtherOther
Sleeved Wires w Paracord myself (no Heatshrink) Custom Front and Top Panels w HexxMesh *In Prog... Working on Custom Pedestal Prototype 
  hide details  
Reply
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
Oh, damn. I used denatured alcohol my dad bought from a hardware store, probably not quite the stuff you would recommend. It seems to have worked without any ill effects, though.
post #7 of 8
I am sure it is absolutely fine. I just recommend the high-grade stuff because of the (miniscule) chance that the other 3-8% (which is water) leaves behind some kind of residue; the REALLY junk-y stuff leaves an "oily film" behind, but I haven't seen stuff that bad for a long time.

Basically, I am just OCD about this stuff wink.gif
   
Z77 Bench-a-lot
(31 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7 3930K @ 4.92Ghz Asus Rampage 4 Extreme EVGA GTX670 FTW 2GB  EVGA GTX780Ti Classified K|ngp|n Edition @ 1483... 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveHard Drive
EVGA GTX780Ti Classified K|ngp|n Edition @ 1483... 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws-Z @ DDR3-2248 9-10-9-26 1T Samsung 830 256GB SSD WD10EZEX 1TB HDD 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
WD10EALX 1TB HDD Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB WD3200AAKS 320GB HDD WD5000HHTZ 10krpm 500GB VelociRaptor 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
LG/Hitachi Slim DVD-R/W Custom MB-Backside VRM-sinks (Copper) 3x NZXT RF-FX140LB 1-2krpm 98.3CFM Case Fans 2x Corsair SP120-PE Case Fans 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Heatkiller GTX680 "Hole Edition" Block + Backplate XSPC Single-Bay Res (Single 5.25 bay) EK Multioption Res X2 - Advanced 150 DD "Fill-Port Res" + Fill-Port Fitting (Red) 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
2x MCP35X + Heatsinks/80x15mm Fan XSPC EX420 Alphacool NeXXos UT60 240 6x Bgears Blasters 140mm 1800rpm Fans 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
4x Koolance 120x25mm 2600rpm Fans Comp/Rotary Fittings (BP/XSPC/Monsoon) Primoflex Pro LRT - White (1/2x3/4) Windows 7 Professional 64bit  
MonitorMonitorMonitorMonitor
Dell P2210Hb 21.5" 1920x1080p Viewsonic VA2012WB 20.1" LCD 1680x1050 Dell U3014 Eizo 27" 1440p 10bit RGB-LED Backlit AH-IPS Panel 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
55" LG HDTV (their top 2014 model) Ducky Mechanical (Browns) NZXT HALE90 850W + 8 blown-up AX1200/i's NZXT Switch 810 (White) 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
R.A.T.3 + MX510 My Desk GRADO RS1i Headphones Grado PS1000 Headphones 
OtherOtherOtherOther
Bitfenix Hydra Pro Fan Controller 5ch 30W/ch Bitfenix Alchemy Individually-Sleeved Extension... NZXT Individually-Sleeved Front Panel Wires (Bl... Phobya Sleeved 1x3pin-to-4x3pin Fan Splitter 
OtherOtherOther
Sleeved Wires w Paracord myself (no Heatshrink) Custom Front and Top Panels w HexxMesh *In Prog... Working on Custom Pedestal Prototype 
  hide details  
Reply
   
Z77 Bench-a-lot
(31 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7 3930K @ 4.92Ghz Asus Rampage 4 Extreme EVGA GTX670 FTW 2GB  EVGA GTX780Ti Classified K|ngp|n Edition @ 1483... 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveHard Drive
EVGA GTX780Ti Classified K|ngp|n Edition @ 1483... 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws-Z @ DDR3-2248 9-10-9-26 1T Samsung 830 256GB SSD WD10EZEX 1TB HDD 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
WD10EALX 1TB HDD Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB WD3200AAKS 320GB HDD WD5000HHTZ 10krpm 500GB VelociRaptor 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
LG/Hitachi Slim DVD-R/W Custom MB-Backside VRM-sinks (Copper) 3x NZXT RF-FX140LB 1-2krpm 98.3CFM Case Fans 2x Corsair SP120-PE Case Fans 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Heatkiller GTX680 "Hole Edition" Block + Backplate XSPC Single-Bay Res (Single 5.25 bay) EK Multioption Res X2 - Advanced 150 DD "Fill-Port Res" + Fill-Port Fitting (Red) 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
2x MCP35X + Heatsinks/80x15mm Fan XSPC EX420 Alphacool NeXXos UT60 240 6x Bgears Blasters 140mm 1800rpm Fans 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
4x Koolance 120x25mm 2600rpm Fans Comp/Rotary Fittings (BP/XSPC/Monsoon) Primoflex Pro LRT - White (1/2x3/4) Windows 7 Professional 64bit  
MonitorMonitorMonitorMonitor
Dell P2210Hb 21.5" 1920x1080p Viewsonic VA2012WB 20.1" LCD 1680x1050 Dell U3014 Eizo 27" 1440p 10bit RGB-LED Backlit AH-IPS Panel 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
55" LG HDTV (their top 2014 model) Ducky Mechanical (Browns) NZXT HALE90 850W + 8 blown-up AX1200/i's NZXT Switch 810 (White) 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
R.A.T.3 + MX510 My Desk GRADO RS1i Headphones Grado PS1000 Headphones 
OtherOtherOtherOther
Bitfenix Hydra Pro Fan Controller 5ch 30W/ch Bitfenix Alchemy Individually-Sleeved Extension... NZXT Individually-Sleeved Front Panel Wires (Bl... Phobya Sleeved 1x3pin-to-4x3pin Fan Splitter 
OtherOtherOther
Sleeved Wires w Paracord myself (no Heatshrink) Custom Front and Top Panels w HexxMesh *In Prog... Working on Custom Pedestal Prototype 
  hide details  
Reply
post #8 of 8
We're all a little bit OCD, else we wouldn't be here on OCN. wink.gif
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 Asus P6T deluxe v2 MSI 660 Ti PE 12 GB Corsair XMS3 6 x 2GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Agility 3  WD Black 2TB WD Green 2TB WD Black 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
LG Blu Ray RW Noctua NH-D14 Windows 8 Dell 2405FPW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ducky Shine II, Cherry MX Blues, White LED full... Corsair HX850W Corsair 600 T White special edition MS touch mouse 
Mouse Pad
Steelseries 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 Asus P6T deluxe v2 MSI 660 Ti PE 12 GB Corsair XMS3 6 x 2GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Agility 3  WD Black 2TB WD Green 2TB WD Black 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
LG Blu Ray RW Noctua NH-D14 Windows 8 Dell 2405FPW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ducky Shine II, Cherry MX Blues, White LED full... Corsair HX850W Corsair 600 T White special edition MS touch mouse 
Mouse Pad
Steelseries 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Other Cooling Discussions
Overclock.net › Forums › Cooling › Other Cooling Discussions › Cleaning chips with alcohol