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So heres the thing, I recently got a new PC, and I'm about to get a dual core for it, hopefully, but I want to clean off the thermal paste from the other processor (for storage, or reselling, no idea yet)
What's the best way to clean thermal paste off used processors?
I will also do this to my other CPU's that I don't use, and some of them are pretty old (up to 8 year for one of my intels)
So, best way to clean a processor of old thermal paste?

The processor I'm replacing is good, but I changed my mind and want a dual core now, the system is only about a month old though. (It's not too good, just a basic PC for gaming and file storage, specs in my signature)
 

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This has been asked over and over again. The most common method is by using cotton swabs and isopropyl alcohol.
 

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I'm not a fan of cotton swabs, they tend to leave hairs everywhere.
Yeah, but you can clean those off afterwards. They can be extremely helpful if the TIM is a bit stubborn at coming off.
 

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Yes, rubbing alcohol, as high % as possible. Nothing below 90%.

Cotton swabs don't leave hairs as far as I know...be sure to use plenty of alcohol so the thermal paste isn't sticking to the swab.
 

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seriously..just a normal piece of tissue is fine..just wipe the stuff off until its clean...ive always done it like that.
 

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seriously..just a normal piece of tissue is fine..just wipe the stuff off until its clean...ive always done it like that.
Linty much. I strictly use coffee filters. The things are cheap enough.
 

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I use alcohol wipes, the kind that you use on cuts and stuff. They are usually %100 and take everything off with no leftovers. BUT I ONLY USE THAT FOR CERAMIC COMPOUND. For Silver-based compounts I use Arctic clean and a coffee filter.
 

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Originally Posted by onelivestarfish View Post
alright a final answer for you:

coffee filter

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Isopropyl alcohol (90% or higher)

done.



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Linty much. I strictly use coffee filters. The things are cheap enough.

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I use alcohol wipes, the kind that you use on cuts and stuff. They are usually %100 and take everything off with no leftovers. BUT I ONLY USE THAT FOR CERAMIC COMPOUND. For Silver-based compounts I use Arctic clean and a coffee filter.

Are you sensing a pattern?
Use anything you want to get the majority of the goop off;
You can wipe it off on the Cat if ya want to


Then finish up with a Coffee filter and High % Isopropyl.

For even better result, then proceed with the ArcticClean -You'll be surprised at how much more comes off what appears to be a "spotlessly clean" surface -that you just did with Iso- when you use ArcticClean.

If you use the Iso first - You save on the ArctiClean and one $5 set will last you ages.\\
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I always found brake cleaner to remove everything.
 

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i use a sock, just turn it inside-out, and scrub away. if it's clean, it wont leave any hairs!
 
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