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The title says it all. A friend wants to switch processors and neither of us has any idea what methods or chemicals are recommended for removing the goo gluing the heatsink to his processor. It's an Athlon XP 3000+. Any helpful suggestions would be appreciated.
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Iso alcohol and a coffee filter.
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rubbing alcohol will work just fine. The higher alcohol concentration the better. If you want the best and don't mind spending about $10. Get Arctic Silver ArctiClean. it is a two step process. It comes with a bottle of thermal material remover. You just put a couple drops on and wait about 30 sec and it literally eats the goo away. Then you use the purifier to prep the surface for your new thermal paste.

I second using coffee filters. They are cheap and lint-free which is important.

I would also suggest that you take the current heatsink off while the processor is still warm. This will make it much easier.
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Thanks for the suggestions! I gave my friend a link to this thread so he can check your answers.
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Get a high percentage isopropel alcohol like 90% + use something that wont leave residue, like a paper towl, or coffee filter.
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well not reconmended to drink but, if you get vodka place into a freezer so it becomes ice, you will lose the water in the vodka and have high concertrated alcohol, dont not drink it but, you could possibly use that as alcohol and it will be very strong... should also work with bacardi (white rum)
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Goo gone and alcohol work great.
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Originally Posted by nyarlotep
The title says it all. A friend wants to switch processors and neither of us has any idea what methods or chemicals are recommended for removing the goo gluing the heatsink to his processor. It's an Athlon XP 3000+. Any helpful suggestions would be appreciated.
Well, I guess I should be the one to tell you that it's not adhesive. Yes, it can get attached to the heatsink over time, but make sure he does NOT put on adhesive when he replaces the paste or grease.
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Alcohol baby!!!
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