Cleaning CPU?

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  1. chinkiwinki

    chinkiwinki Member

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    How would you clean the old thermal paste off the CPU when your replacing the fan?
     
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    Using a very strong alcohol like isopropyl, it's like 98% or 99% alcohol. Use that and a lint free cloth and that should do the job :thumbup:
     
  3. terrabyte

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    I use Isopropyl Alcohol (or however it's spelt), other people use metho, Nailpolish remover (provided it's not scented),

    Pretty much anything that has a really high alcohol content (~99%)
     
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    Can i use Paint Thinner?
     
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    It might work, but I wouldn't want to try it
     
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    A good cloth to use, is those spectacles clothes u get when u get glasses. They are lint free and can wipe the past of really well.
     
  7. Alfonzo

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    Second the Isopropyl. When I have none of that Metho works well.
     
  8. Midnight Rider

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    I've always used turps and a tissue. Works a treat.
     
  9. Azsen

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    It will leave a slight residue though because it's not pure alcohol. Might affect cooling performance when you re-apply the thermal paste maybe?

    $3 from a chemist anywhere should get you some Ispropyl alcohol. Mine is 100%. :)
     
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    A nice clean bit of loo paper works well , I don't bother with anything else LOL
     
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    metho works for me, with a serviette. if its really stubborn i might pull out the turps... ive had no problems with it
     
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    LMFAO Grafton26 :lol:
     
  13. Andrew357

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    metho and paper towelling
     
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    Isopropyl Alcohol and a lint free cloth, could even use a cotton tip if you wanted.
    Its strong enough to dissolve thermal paste but safe enough not to cause harm to other componets like PCB, plus it will totally evaporate leaving no residue.

    I noticed DSE had some on there shelf the other day other than that your local hardware store should have some. (just remember you want the pure stuff)
     
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    hmm. i dont think its a good idea
     
  16. Enkidu

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    I got some 100% iso propyl alcohol from the paint thinner section at Mitre 10
     
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    For more info do a search, this has been asked a fair bit...
     
  18. petercr

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    Combine the isopropyl alcohol and clean cloth and go to your local DSE/Jaycar and buy some isopropyl wipes.

    I haven't had to do it for a number of months but what I normally do is get some orange-based cleaning agent in a spray bottle, give the core a good spray as the AS5 (in my case) breaks up easier, wipe off with a clean cloth then rinse with isopropyl (to get rid of any oil residue from the orange cleaner) and dry using a hair dryer set on warm...
     
  19. Roman209

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    If i were you, i would only use iso proply stuff or nail polish remover.
     
  20. mcsacks

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    Just go to the chemist and get isopropyl alcohol or however its spelt.

    Works great and only cost like 2 bucks.

    I just use cotton tips to wipe of the Arctic Silver 5 then I clean the rest of with cotton tips and the alcohol.

    Gives me a brand new looking CPU which I admire and then cover it back in the grey shit that I am gonna wipe of again at a later date anyway...
     

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