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Ok I decided to take my desktop apart since my psu is in the mail. Decided to take off the heat and to my surprise i find thermal paste on my cpu even though i didn't put any. Probably didn't notice the stock HS came with some on there.

Anyways since i don't have any alcohol or thermal paste cleaner, what else can I use? How about water? Windex doesn't sound like a smart idea which my friend said works. I don't trust windex on my desk so i definitely wont use it on my CPU.
    
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go out and get some rubbing alcohol. you'll get a big bottle for less then $2. the 99% really cuts through the paste. and any other crap. drys really fast too.
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I just use paper towel.
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Isopropyl alcohol will be your best bet. It's extremely versatile as a cleaning product, and it's dirt cheap.
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Isopropyl alcohol will be your best bet. It's extremely versatile as a cleaning product, and it's dirt cheap.
i cant stress enough on the versatility of Isopropyl alcohol....
i clean almost everything with it. kills bacteria too. just dont drink it...
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yeah i used a rag t-shirt, and wiped it clean.
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ur stock hs does come with TIM. however is garbage and why are u using stock HS? get a better aftermarket HS. back to topic: yeah isopro alcohol is better than :t-shirt,paper towel,napkins etc. isopro eats TIM like cookie monster does cookie.
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eats TIM like cookie monster does cookie.
cuts through TIM like how emos cuts themselves...
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