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How do I clean the thermal paste off of my cpu and heatsink?
    
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have you tried using rubbing alcohol, or you can buy tim clean which is good

http://overclockers.co.uk/showproduc...odid=OA-001-AK
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Thought about the alcohol, wasn't sure if it could hurt anything or not
    
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Alcohol or Acrtic silver sells a cleaner and purifier. I use them with coffee filters as they leave no lint.
    
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Acetone (nail polish remover - non fragranced, non moisturizing) and a q-tip or a lint free cloth.

*edit: I use straight acetone to clean off TIM...you can use nail polish remover, but follow up with isopropyl to remover residue left behind by the npr...some nprs have fragrant oils that can affect tim.
Edited by Mongol - 12/29/10 at 2:31pm
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Originally Posted by daltontechnogeek View Post
Thought about the alcohol, wasn't sure if it could hurt anything or not
It's fine on most metals. Keep it away from some plastics (ex: acrylic) as it can cause them to crack over time.

I use 91% isopropyl alcohol.
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99% isopropanol is cheapest and works very well. $4 at fred meyer. you just need to get as much residue from the old paste off of the chip and heatsink
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99% rubbing alcohol and paper towel.
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with alcohol, should i take it out of the socket or what?
    
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