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So heres the thing, I recently got a new PC, and I'm about to get a dual core for it, hopefully, but I want to clean off the thermal paste from the other processor (for storage, or reselling, no idea yet)
What's the best way to clean thermal paste off used processors?
I will also do this to my other CPU's that I don't use, and some of them are pretty old (up to 8 year for one of my intels)
So, best way to clean a processor of old thermal paste?

The processor I'm replacing is good, but I changed my mind and want a dual core now, the system is only about a month old though. (It's not too good, just a basic PC for gaming and file storage, specs in my signature)
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You can use Arctic Silver cleaner, but I just wipe it with a paper towel and then clean it with a paper towel whetted with high purity isopropyl alcohol.
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This has been asked over and over again. The most common method is by using cotton swabs and isopropyl alcohol.
    
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This has been asked over and over again. The most common method is by using cotton swabs and isopropyl alcohol.
I'm not a fan of cotton swabs, they tend to leave hairs everywhere.
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I'm not a fan of cotton swabs, they tend to leave hairs everywhere.
Yeah, but you can clean those off afterwards. They can be extremely helpful if the TIM is a bit stubborn at coming off.
    
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post #6 of 16
Best thing to use is 100% rubbing alcohol on a paper towel, then use a microfibre cloth to clean off the paper lint
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Yes, rubbing alcohol, as high % as possible. Nothing below 90%.

Cotton swabs don't leave hairs as far as I know...be sure to use plenty of alcohol so the thermal paste isn't sticking to the swab.
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seriously..just a normal piece of tissue is fine..just wipe the stuff off until its clean...ive always done it like that.
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post #9 of 16
alright a final answer for you:

coffee filter

+

Isopropyl alcohol (90% or higher)

done.

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post #10 of 16
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seriously..just a normal piece of tissue is fine..just wipe the stuff off until its clean...ive always done it like that.
Linty much. I strictly use coffee filters. The things are cheap enough.
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