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Hey guys I am rma'ing my motherboard so I have to take out my cpu and xp-120. I will be puting on a new heatsink so my question is do I need to remove the arctic silver or can I leave it on the cpu for a week or two until I put the cpu back into the motherboard and put the heatsink on. If I need to remove the arctic silver how do I do that? Thanks for any help/suggestions.
post #2 of 13
I personaly just use some Q-tips and some Isopropyl Alcohol.
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post #3 of 13
use artic cleaner from newegg.com ittl clean it off also u can artic adhesive to attach a stock cooler from a cpu to a video card the company artic make good thermal stuff for computers
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well, you just wipe it off the cpu with a paper towel or something like that, until almost all of it's off, and then you can use some rubbing alcohole to wipe off the rest of the AS5..and then you'll be fine
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Yes, rubbing alcohol works great, I perfer cotton balls though, q-tips get used up too fast.
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post #6 of 13
yeah wipe it off with a cloth with artic clean so you can have it nice and clean for ur new motherboard coming in
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post #7 of 13
Don't use cotton or anything that can leave lint on the surface. It will prevent proper contact between the HSF and CPU. Use a coffee filter, because it doesn't leave lint.
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I have never had any problems with cotton balls, if the cotton balls do leave lint, just wipe the lint off with your finger.
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I took off the xp-120 and the cpu has only about less than half of the cpu surface area covered with arctic silver, did I not put enough arctic silver on it or is that right. Anyways, I will now try to remove the arctic silver: isopropyl alcohol with a coffee filter, right?
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I took off the xp-120 and the cpu has only about less than half of the cpu surface area covered with arctic silver, did I not put enough arctic silver on it or is that right. Anyways, I will now try to remove the arctic silver: isopropyl alcohol with a coffee filter, right?
Yep , don't leave any appearances, because some CPU's warranty's are voided when you put AS5 on it.
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