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I want to clean off my x800xl heasink with denatured alcohol, is this alright?

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I asked my dad to get me some alcohol to clean my pc parts because all I have is stupid 70% rubbing alcohol, but I am unsure if I can use it, will my pc gpu be alright, and will it work better than 70% rubbing?
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I used regulsar old %91 Isopropyl alcohol from Wal-mart....I don't think that you have to have ID, but I'm 22 so maybe they just didn't ask. I used this to clean the GPU before adding Arctic 5 silver
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yeah, i use 70Z% ISO Alc. for cleaning, it works perfectly. just give it a minute or two to dry off. =)
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Yeah UberNoob's got it.
    
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Yea but will denatured work?
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As used in the phrase denatured alcohol, denatured means "a specific property of ethanol, its usefulness as a beverage, is removed". The ethanol molecule is not denatured in the sense that its chemical structure is altered.

-Wikipedia

Err, not too sure, im pretty sure as long as its above 70% Alchol, its good. the reason being that alchol evaporates very fast.
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Yea but will denatured work?
Nevermind, its ethanol, which is just really clean alcohol that comes from plants. I would think it would be okay.
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ok then thanks, I just told my dad what you guys were saying and he is wondering then is denatured comes from plants then where does isopropyl come from, or is it man made?
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Yea but will denatured work?
Ya.
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post #10 of 13
Denatured alcohol is ethyl alcohol with a little methyl alcohol or something else that is posionous or tastes terrible added to it to make it unfit for drinking.

It will work for cleaning but I'd try to keep it off the actual circuit board itself. It's a solvent and it may disslove something; I know it dissloves some types of varnish or shellac. Metal will be fine.

If you can visit Fry's Electronics; there's a section with all sorts of cleaners for electronics. Some are HFC based while others are base on isopropanol (the stuff in rubbing alcohol. You can get 99% isopropanol alcohol at Fry's.
    
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