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I'm about 2 hours from installing my GeminII and I have a question. I know that a pencil eraser or some isopropyl alcohol (probably a better idea) is the norm for removing thermal paste like AS5, but what about the heat pad that comes stock with my CPU heatsink? Same thing?
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I used some alcohol and cotton swabs and just left the cpu in the socket while cleaning.
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Same thing.
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yeah alcohol and cotton or tissues. something soft to prevent scratches
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another member for the Gemin II club
remeber to evenly tighten your bolts
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Alcohol would do. If you do not have a lint free cloth, after you have removed the paste, ball up a piece of newspaper and rub it on the CPU and HSF to remove any micro dust.
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Thanks guys. Also...when I remove the stock heatsink, will it stick to the CPU? How hard should I expect to pull? I hope I'm not asking stupid questions, I just don't want to screw up :/
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post #8 of 10
Kinda rotate it back and forth 90 degrees and rock the hs back and forth. Thats what I had to do a couple of times on my computers. Hard to explain over text, would be easier to show you
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post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by Guruboy View Post
Thanks guys. Also...when I remove the stock heatsink, will it stick to the CPU? How hard should I expect to pull? I hope I'm not asking stupid questions, I just don't want to screw up :/
My favorite tip for HSF removal: Run your system at maximum load (to generate maximum heat) for about five minutes, then shut down, then remove the HSF. The high temperatures will greatly soften up the TIM and will make removing the HSF much easier.

If possible, twist the HSF prior to lifting it off the CPU.

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I'm about 2 hours from installing my GeminII and I have a question. I know that a pencil eraser or some isopropyl alcohol (probably a better idea) is the norm for removing thermal paste like AS5, but what about the heat pad that comes stock with my CPU heatsink? Same thing?
yup, just scrape it off.
then rub it down with some Rubbing Alcohol.
(the reason you use rubbing alcohol is because rubbing alcohol evaporates faster than water.)
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