Originally Posted by cutty1998
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.Edited by Bulldozer72 - 4/19/14 at 5:44pm