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post #1 of 11
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I have touched and smudged my oily fingers all over my new heatsink, i know thats bad for the heatsink, how do i make sure my surfaces of my heatsink and cpu are absolutely clean before applying AS5?
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I believe you can use Q-tips and rubbing alcohol.

Hope it helps.
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ok cool i have these alcohol wipes thats designed for wiping LCD monitors and electronics, also how safe is it to clean the CPU with arcticlean liquid? i have a truckload of AS5 on my CPU and im trying to reapply it and the existing AS5 is a real pain lol.
post #4 of 11
try to find a dust/lint free cloth and use alcohol like bombf1rst suggested. any alocohol should work but i heard 70% or higher was better? can anyone confirm this and a reason why?

dont put too much as5 on there. it can have negative effects.
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Yes use the articlean then follow up with high purity rubbing alcohol.
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post #6 of 11
use naphtha (lighter fluid) and a clean rag...
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Bah if you have the ArtiClean, then yes it's perfectly safe. That's what it's made for silly
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post #8 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by spacegoast View Post
try to find a dust/lint free cloth and use alcohol like bombf1rst suggested. any alocohol should work but i heard 70% or higher was better? can anyone confirm this and a reason why?
because the other % is water... and heatsink compound is normally silicone based... which is water resistant...
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post #9 of 11
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because the other % is water... and heatsink compound is normally silicone based... which is water resistant...
i'm pretty sure it's because less pure alcohols will have vitamins and other things in them you don't want. i don't think water is a problem, as the alcohol helps everything evaporate pretty quick.
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post #10 of 11
Use Alcohol and ArticClean if you have it like said above.

What I like to do if you don't have a lint free cloth is to take a piece of newspaper, ball it up and rub it in circles on your heat sink and CPU. This will remove the dust and micro things.
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