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Removing old thermal paste off cpu

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Quick question
im taking off the stock standard cpu cooler and installing my brand spanking new cpu cooler
whats the best way to get old thermal paste off the cpu?
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isopropyl alcohol
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post #3 of 14
yep Isopropyl Alcohol and an old rag
post #4 of 14
90%+ Isopropyl Alcohol.

Will clean it and any other oils off the chip. I use it before I apply ANY TIM to ANY chip.

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Originally Posted by Vegnagun666 View Post
yep Isopropyl Alcohol and an old rag
Preferably a Lint Free cloth (I use an old sunglasses polishing cloth thingy that came with my ski goggles). Lint isn't a good heat transfer .


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Originally Posted by Vegnagun666 View Post
yep Isopropyl Alcohol and an old rag
Or alcohol wipes if ya have some. I found my box of them in a first aid kit , and they work great for cleaning that thermal paste off
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i found some swabs in my first aid kit in my car that are 70% isopropyl alcool will this be fine?
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post #7 of 14
Coffee filters work very well because they don't leave fibers & whatnot.
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post #8 of 14
I've use those before and they do leave a residue as a opposed to the 90%
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post #9 of 14
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the first aid swabs worked nicely! cheers just i dont get paid for another 2 days so really didnt want to have to go buy something for it =D
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post #10 of 14
I use isopropyl alcohol and cotton swabs. Seems to work well for me.
 
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