Some things to pick up would be:
- Some good heatsink compound, though I hear the Hyper 212's compound is pretty good.
- Some isopropyl alcohol >70% alc by volume. This will let you clean the CPU's surface prior to putting heatsink compound on it.
- Get coffee filters! The paper ones from a store are lint-free for the most part and don't leave a residue.
- You might want to also snag ArctiClean.
The way I usually use ArctiClean is:
- Use the white-capped one (number 1) to de-gunkify the old heatsink compound. The stuff really gets in there and just wipes off using a coffee filter.
- Once the CPU surface is totally clean, use the blue-capped one (number 2) to do a preliminary prep of the surface. Again, use a coffee filter.
- Finally, I use the aforementioned isopropyl alcohol to really clean the surface and get it ready. Again, coffee filter.
You can do the same for the base of your heatsink, but if you're using it out of the box all you really need is the alcohol with, of course, a coffee filter to clean it.
I also recommend washing your hands before, during, and after heatsink compound sessions; use soap and not-quite-piping-hot water. This will help keep oil on your fingers from affecting your CPU or the heatsink application, since you're going to have to hold the CPU in one hand while you clean it with the other.
During? Your fingers WILL get messy. I've had it happen, and the last thing I want to do is contaminate anything so I'll carefully get everything in a safe spot, go wash up, then return to my task (e.g. if I'm cleaning off a CPU, the old heatsink compound can get pretty grody when it's still a slurry due to the ArctiClean).
After? same deal, you don't want heatsink compound junk all over your fingers, do you?
Rubber gloves might also be a good idea if you're very concerned about this - and TBH I would invest in them as you have a 975, which is a very expensive CPU.Edited by Quantum Reality - 4/17/11 at 9:52am