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Yeah ,I have heard that diamond stuff is really dangerous,especially for de-lidded chips.Also,adhesive paste scares me ,as does anything that conducts electricity!
post #12 of 33
I splurged on a 30G tube of prolimatech PK-3. and got some Gelid GC extreme
way better than anything else on the market....

maybe pk-2 would be better for cpus but I got it for gpus and general purpose... Thermal paste isn't gonna change much in my system...

PK-2 is thin pk-3 is thicker

I guess both GC-extreme and PK3 are considered gooey still

Pk 3 was 35$ I think for 30G is good because I needed to do 3 gpus and a few cpus

basically just look around for thermal paste spec sheets and see what suits your situation best... Learn their principles and decide for yourself what you need to get...
post #13 of 33
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Originally Posted by cutty1998 View Post

Thanx for the replies! The paste on there is the Noctua stock stuff (I've heard it is high quality),also , I have the cleaning fluid,and residue removal kit,so I will use that,and I have a high pressure air blower to get dust out of fins. I just need to pick up some new goo! Guess I'm headed to my local Tiger store tomorrow. Thank you all very much.
It's not just dust that collects on the fins. Over time the fins get a film on them that reduces their cooling ability. This is why I suggest washing the cooler. Some peeps actually wash them in their dishwasher, but I worry about how hot dishwashers are.
post #14 of 33
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It's not just dust that collects on the fins. Over time the fins get a film on them that reduces their cooling ability. This is why I suggest washing the cooler. Some peeps actually wash them in their dishwasher, but I worry about how hot dishwashers are.
Wow.I didn't know anything about that.It makes sense.It is like with pool filters.You can clean them with a hose ,but after time ,they need an acid wash to really get them flowing again. I will definitely be giving it a shower. What about putting in the dishwasher,after blowing most of dust out? It seems like it could take the heat. I would think to use just a fraction of the liquid detergent would be enough.
post #15 of 33
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I dug through an old box of PC parts and found these bottles. The TIM tubes seem empty and crusty,maybe could squeeze enough out . I can use the cleaner on the heat sink.
post #16 of 33
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Wow.I didn't know anything about that.It makes sense.It is like with pool filters.You can clean them with a hose ,but after time ,they need an acid wash to really get them flowing again. I will definitely be giving it a shower. What about putting in the dishwasher,after blowing most of dust out? It seems like it could take the heat. I would think to use just a fraction of the liquid detergent would be enough.
Like I said, other have used dishwasher, but I don't tongue.gif
post #17 of 33
ArctiClean is great stuff
post #18 of 33
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Just don't use IC Diamond, I used that once, and after 6 months it was impossible to scrub off my chip... that stuff is junk.

Arctic MX-2 or MX-4 for life...

Sound like you don't know how to use IC Diamond. It's impossible to scrub off your chip because you tried to scrub it. If you had let the old paste soak in a bit of alcohol before, it would have come off cleanly without all the micro scratches. IC Diamond is an amazing paste but you have to apply it according to their site and remove it very gently.

If applied correctly (which is very easy to do), it is one of the best paste around. One application can last years and years, plus temps are very consistent between applications. By far my favorite paste.
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I dug through an old box of PC parts and found these bottles. The TIM tubes seem empty and crusty,maybe could squeeze enough out . I can use the cleaner on the heat sink.

That stuff works but is very over priced. A FYI for in the future. I dampen section of an old t-shirt and scrub the HS base. I have never taken more than two minutes cleaning a HS base with either of these two.

98% Isopropyl alcohol. Much better than the arctic clean system and costs iess than four dollars for a 12oz. bottle at Walgreens/Riteaid type drug stores.

Acetone. I use this to clean 10+ year old grunge off of Harley parts and I guarantee you it will get your HS base pristine. Use it only in a very well ventilated area and avoid prolonged exposure to your skin (wear some gloves if you really have to scrub the base). If not available at the local Napa, Pep Boys, Autozone type store, they should know where to get it. I just bought a quart at my local Napa store for $14.

Doyll is spot on with the high pressure shower head cleaning method. I have been using it for about twelve years now. My computer room does not have AC and I rarely have temp probs on my OC's, even in the middle of August. Cleaner runs cooler.

edit: After reading the post by Candy_Van I will elaborate on the procedure using acetone. Acetone is a very strong solcent. It eat's just about everything that is not metal. It melts plastic, so I can only imagine what it would do to PCB. I take my HS out of the case and then outside. The acetone is never in the same room as the PC. I only clean the base of the HS with acetone. When clean I then take a coffee filter, spray it with some Simple Green, and wipe the base down. I then take a clean coffee filter and give the base a last rub down. Next I take the air hose and blow out the fins and heat pipes. I then hang the HS in a warm place (I usually hang it in my paint drying room) for a bit. When it is dry, I apply some TIM and install the HS. Do not let any of your other PC parts be in the same room as the acetone. I do not use acetone inside a house. It is safer to clean with it outside.
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That stuff works but is very over priced. A FYI for in the future. I dampen section of an old t-shirt and scrub the HS base. I have never taken more than two minutes cleaning a HS base with either of these two.

98% Isopropyl alcohol. Much better than the arctic clean system and costs iess than four dollars for a 12oz. bottle at Walgreens/Riteaid type drug stores.

Acetone. I use this to clean 10+ year old grunge off of Harley parts and I guarantee you it will get your HS base pristine. Use it only in a very well ventilated area and avoid prolonged exposure to your skin (wear some gloves if you really have to scrub the base). If not available at the local Napa, Pep Boys, Autozone type store, they should now where to get it. I just bought a quart at my local Napa store for $14.

Doyll is spot on with the high pressure shower head cleaning method. I have been using it for about twelve years now. My computer room does not have AC and I rarely have temp probs on my OC's, even in the middle of August. Cleaner runs cooler.
You're so right! I bought that cleaning kit like 6 years ago ,for $25 !! I always like to get the stronger rubbing alcohol also ,as I knew it left like zero residue and is nice and flammable ,and has many more uses than the 70% crap ! Acetone is nail polish remover I'm pretty sure ?,or can get at the paint store much cheaper!
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