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Is it better to leave the CPU plugged into the socket holder and clean off the top with thermal grease remover or must one actually REMOVE the CPU from the socket to clean it?

Pretty silly question but I was just wondering if there is an optimal method?

Also, I remember I usually leave it plugged in and just clean the top, but I get some grease of the area on the motherboard surrounding the CPU which kind of makes it look dirty....
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Either way will work fine, but remember as you pop the CPu back in, some skin particles may drop and you might need to clean again, I normally do a good clean out of the case, then pop it in and another final clean
     
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I've always just left in in the socket. I figure that leaving it in minimizes chance of harming the pins as long as you clean gently. If you you have a bit too much thermal paste on you last application and need to remove it then i wouldn't think that was a big deal. Just remove it carefully and clean what you can without touching the pins. I don't know exactly what situation you have but generally just leave it in I would say.
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I leave the cpu in the socket at all times, unless I am upgrading.
Get some of this and I like to use cotton swabs that are on the long wooden sticks to clean around the socket with. I break one and use the pieces like a pick and the cotton to swab it up.

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I leave the cpu in the socket at all times, unless I am upgrading.
Get some of this and I like to use cotton swabs that are on the long wooden sticks to clean around the socket with. I break one and use the pieces like a pick and the cotton to swab it up.

http://www.Newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=35-100-01

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Hmm works fine for me..

I also leave the CPU in the socket. I'd rather not bend pins by mistake. Clean up around on mobo with q-tips/isopropyl alcohol and air can after grease removal.
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No matter if it is applying or removing thermal paste...if you ask ten people you will get ten different answers, but in the end they all will probably be good techniques. You just have to figure out what works for you. It isn't a science.

I personally clean off the CPU in the socket because I don't want to touch the slimy, silver nitrate poison covered thing with my hands until it is at least cleaned off a little bit. Once it is out and on the bench I will detail clean it, but if it is a CPU I put in there won't be any excess thermal paste on it so it will be pretty clean already.
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I remove the CPU whenever I'm cleaning thermal paste off it, it's easier to clean that way. I can't really see how you can bend CPU pins just by taking it out of the socket and sticking it back in unless you somehow manage to put it in the wrong way or something.
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No matter if it is applying or removing thermal paste...if you ask ten people you will get ten different answers, but in the end they all will probably be good techniques. You just have to figure out what works for you. It isn't a science.

I personally clean off the CPU in the socket because I don't want to touch the slimy, silver nitrate poison covered thing with my hands until it is at least cleaned off a little bit. Once it is out and on the bench I will detail clean it, but if it is a CPU I put in there won't be any excess thermal paste on it so it will be pretty clean already.

Maybe it's just your colourful description, but it sounds like you're using more thermal paste than you need.
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I remove the CPU whenever I'm cleaning thermal paste off it, it's easier to clean that way. I can't really see how you can bend CPU pins just by taking it out of the socket and sticking it back in unless you somehow manage to put it in the wrong way or something.
Maybe it's just your colourful description, but it sounds like you're using more thermal paste than you need.

Well I work on a lot of PCs that I didn't put together...some of them I swear it looks like some one put a whole 1 gram tube on the CPU. Plus a lot of the OEM heat sinks go a bit heavy on their TIM compound too.
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