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i kinda touch it to see if its how and now it has smudges all over it. Can i use like a baby wipe or water paper towel on it? i dont want to mess up my motherboard by doing this
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Are you asking how you clean the IHS of the CPU? Personally I use Arctic Silver's Arctic Clean 2 step remover and purifier. I remove the CPU from the socket in the motherboard, apply a drop or two of the remover, and then wipe off with a coffee filter (it works best for me). I repeat the process until the IHS has no more TIM left on it. I then place a single drop of the purifier on the IHS and rub it around with a clean coffee filter. I then place the CPU back into the motherboard socket ready to apply more TIM. I am the type of person who does the pea sized drop method where you place a drop, and then place your heatsink right on top of it and let the heat spread it out over time.
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i kinda touch it to see if its how and now it has smudges all over it. Can i use like a baby wipe or water paper towel on it? i dont want to mess up my motherboard by doing this

Christ on a bike man don't use water or a baby wipe! Alcohol based (say 90% isopropyl) so it evaporates or a dry paper towel is fine thumb.gif

edit: and I use AS5, it comes off quite easily TBH
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Are you asking how you clean the IHS of the CPU? Personally I use Arctic Silver's Arctic Clean 2 step remover and purifier. I remove the CPU from the socket in the motherboard, apply a drop or two of the remover, and then wipe off with a coffee filter (it works best for me). I repeat the process until the IHS has no more TIM left on it. I then place a single drop of the purifier on the IHS and rub it around with a clean coffee filter. I then place the CPU back into the motherboard socket ready to apply more TIM. I am the type of person who does the pea sized drop method where you place a drop, and then place your heatsink right on top of it and let the heat spread it out over time.


No not the inside of the CPU if you look back of it there a silver thing
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No not the inside of the CPU if you look back of it there a silver thing

This part? If not there, then can you take a picture of what you are talking about or find one so I can help?
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This part? If not there, then can you take a picture of what you are talking about or find one so I can help?

Yes that thing
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Yes that thing

90% isotropyl rubbing alcohol and a coffee filter if you do want to clean that piece or your CPU. The rubbing alcohol evaporates and the coffee filter does not leave any fibers behind like a paper towel may do. You do not really need to clean that back part though since it essentially a bracket for the CPU cooler.
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Alright thx
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90% isotropyl rubbing alcohol and a coffee filter if you do want to clean that piece or your CPU. The rubbing alcohol evaporates and the coffee filter does not leave any fibers behind like a paper towel may do. You do not really need to clean that back part though since it essentially a bracket for the CPU cooler.
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Alright thx

Yup, that should work. Coffee filters are insanely helpful when cleaning something that can be damaged by paper like fibers.
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