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Do I Really Need Rubbing Alcohol To Remove CPU Paste?

post #1 of 12
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^^... I just got a new heatsink+paste but I just found out about this rubbing alcohol crap... I used a couple of tissues to wipe the old paste off... Is this not enough?
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I find it to be easier with the alcohol.
    
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I use just bare coffee filters. Works like a charm
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Definitely use some alcohol to get that gunk off. Microscopic pits etc.

It definitely helps that it turns into a vapour pretty quickly as well.
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post #5 of 12
Rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover will get any excess residue left behind...

The leftover will affect temps if not removed, and a dry cloth just doesnt get it all...

If you dont have it and have no way of getting it, just wipe the cpu alot with the dry cloth til you think you got it all...
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post #6 of 12
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...grgh!! I used a couple of q-tips in pressure against the CPU to check and I'm pretty sure its clean...

NOOO!! I can't wait another week!!!
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post #7 of 12
you dont have to but the alcohol removes any residue or grease that may have been left behind
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post #8 of 12
If I run out of rubbing alcohol, I just use paper towels, they work just as good.
post #9 of 12
Do you have any liquor in your house that you wouldn't mind sparing? Just enough to get the end of a Q-tip wet?

It's not the difference of life and death for your CPU if you don't get off every single bit of thermal compound, but it definitely helps to keep your CPU cooler which increases its lifetime/overclockability.
    
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post #10 of 12
I use my girlfriends nail polish remover and it works, but of course alcohol is a lot easier to use.
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