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I just bought a slightly used E6420 and the seller mess up and sent a new HSF. I assumes the new HSF means I don't need to go buy some arctic silver paste, but there is already some of the goo on the processor form the HSF. I assume i should remove the goo before attaching the HSF, but I don't know what to use, and i don't know if I have to be careful when cleaning it.

(My first custom build and my first time touching a computer chip )
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Originally Posted by Dethredic View Post
I just bought a slightly used E6420 and the seller mess up and sent a new HSF. I assumes the new HSF means I don't need to go buy some arctic silver paste, but there is already some of the goo on the processor form the HSF. I assume i should remove the goo before attaching the HSF, but I don't know what to use, and i don't know if I have to be careful when cleaning it.

(My first custom build and my first time touching a computer chip )
Use cotton swabs. Just use some rubbing alcohol and gently wipe the top clean.

edit: Wait for the Alcohol to evaporate, then apply AS5.
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Use cotton swabs. Just use some rubbing alcohol and gently wipe the top clean. Then use some clean water and a cotton swab to wipe away the alcohol residue.
the whole point of using the alcohol is to make sure the liquid evaporates, using water after defeats the purpose.. If you use water after, make sure you let your chip sit for awhile to make sure all the water is gone.
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the whole point of using the alcohol is to make sure the liquid evaporates, using water after defeats the purpose.. If you use water after, make sure you let your chip sit for awhile to make sure all the water is gone.
You dont get a film residue on your IHS when you use alcohol? I'll try that nex time and edit the above post!
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You dont get a film residue on your IHS when you use alcohol? I'll try that nex time and edit the above post!
Not if you use polypropaline alchohol -_-
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Alright Ill see if i have any of that stuff in my house. Doesn't the default HSF already that arctic silver 5 or something similar?
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Not if you use polypropaline alchohol -_-
...I don't know what to say...
polypropylene is a kind of plastic, not alcohol.
There is isopropyl alcohol. There is ethyl alcohol. There is methyl alcohol.
Please, please know what you are saying before you say it.
Also please use proper spelling, as there are two misspelled words in that post.

On topic, some heatsinks have TIM applied, but most are not very good. And a coffee filter is much better than cotton, and cotton can leave fibers, while coffee filters are lint-free. Avoid using citrus-based cleaners (id est Goo-Gone), as those are the ones that leave film.
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...I don't know what to say...
polypropylene is a kind of plastic, not alcohol.
There is isopropyl alcohol. There is ethyl alcohol. There is methyl alcohol.
Please, please know what you are saying before you say it.
Also please use proper spelling, as there are two misspelled words in that post.
Wow, tough crowd. I guess we all better start using spell check! But that is a great idea about the coffee filter. I’ll try that next time.
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post #9 of 15
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Ok, so should i use just water, or alcohol and water?

And if i get arctic silver, do I remove the original TIM, or just apply the arctic silver on top?
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always remove the old TIM first. try and use 99% pure alcohol if you dont have that then use rubbing alcohol or surgical spirits. if you still dont have any of that then use vodka or any other non coloured alcohol but the higher the percent the better.
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