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I'm in the process of installing an Arctic Accelero Twin Turbo II on my GPU and I am currently removing the thermal paste off of the GPU. The paste applied apparently was too much (the factory one), and it overflowed. Picture here i.imgur.com/C01Sdlg.jpeg

Am I allowed to use Q Tip and Alcohol to remove the thermal paste on the sides as well or is it okay to leave it there?

Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 12
You can remove it with no worries.
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I've always used a paper towel to remove thermal paste, some people use coffee filters if I recall. basically you just don't want to leave any fibers or any oil from your fingers because they will impair the transfer of heat. pretty badly

so if you do use cotton, make sure there are no strands left on the surface. and do make sure you get it all off, make it as clean and as shiny as possible. it will be part of the reason your new heat sink works well.

let me know if you need any help applying new paste thumb.gif
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post #4 of 12
you can use rubbing alcohol
I usually use kitchen paper towel and alcohol to clean thermal paste

to just let you know, rubbing alcohol evaporates quickly, so close the lid after you use it

if you are rich, you can use microfiber cloth (used to clean glasses, screen etc)
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post #5 of 12
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Okay, here's another picture of it. i.imgur.com/SfjVOS3.jpeg

Thanks for all the help so far. I really appreciate it.

Should I go ahead and try to remove the left over? There is still a little bit on top of the transistors.
post #6 of 12
Let it sit for a while to dry and use a very soft tooth brush (VERY SOFT) to GENTLY remove the dried up residue in between the pins.
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Let it sit for a while to dry and use a very soft tooth brush (VERY SOFT) to GENTLY remove the dried up residue in between the pins.

Would leaving it there be okay? I'm a little worried I might screw up the pins.
post #8 of 12
What pins..??


Use a cotton swab with 90 degree or rubbing alcohol, clean gently, leave no residue, nothing bad is gonna happen..
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post #9 of 12
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What pins..??


Use a cotton swab with 90 degree or rubbing alcohol, clean gently, leave no residue, nothing bad is gonna happen..

Around the silver small plate, there are tiny little pins surrounding it. Mostly where the thermal paste is still there.
post #10 of 12
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Another question: the tape that comes with it, do I cut small pieces and apply to each circuit component? (The black looking chips I assume)
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