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What is the best method for cleaning Thermal paste from a CPU....???

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post #2 of 34
Use rubbing alcohol and a coffee filter or paper towel.
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Don't cheap out, go and buy some proper TIM remover - I use Akasa stuff, have split half the bottle and used it on loads and loads of cores and its still going strong
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Sweet..........Thanks guys...........
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post #5 of 34
isopropyl alcohol (higher the alcohol % the better) + lint-free cloth
Arctic Cleaner works too.
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cue-tips always work if you have nothing else
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post #7 of 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by Firestorm252 View Post
isopropyl alcohol (higher the alcohol % the better) + lint-free cloth
Arctic Cleaner works too.
Exactly what i use

Most places that sell AS5 will do a deal that comes with lint free and isopropyl anyways.
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post #8 of 34
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Originally Posted by prosser13 View Post
Don't cheap out, go and buy some proper TIM remover - I use Akasa stuff, have split half the bottle and used it on loads and loads of cores and its still going strong
Cheap out? It's called wasting money when you're using the powerful stuff such as ArtiClean and the Akasa citrus cleaner.

Trust me, I've had both, and the price does not make up for how much "better" TIM removers are.
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post #9 of 34
Err, I paid £3 for a bottle of Akasa TIM Remover around 2 years ago and must have used it on 30 or so CPUs and GPUs, as well as spilling half of it over my desk, and its still got a load left...

Its just so much easier, just put some on an old cloth and wash and it'll work great
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post #10 of 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by prosser13 View Post
Err, I paid £3 for a bottle of Akasa TIM Remover around 2 years ago and must have used it on 30 or so CPUs and GPUs, as well as spilling half of it over my desk, and its still got a load left...

Its just so much easier, just put some on an old cloth and wash and it'll work great
Aha, if you get it THAT cheap, it's worthy picking up. I got 2 ArtiClean bottles (50ml each IIRC) for like 4 quid.
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