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Do i need to to clean CPU before installing new cooler

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September 5, 2013 7:20:14 PM

I am upgrading from a stock 8350 fx cooler (which didn't use thermal paste), to a hyper 212 cooler master.

Do i need to wipe it with the alcohol stuff, or is that only if your previous cooler had thermal paste? as my stock one didnt.
a c 180 à CPUs
September 5, 2013 7:25:22 PM

If the previous cooler didn't have paste, it used a thermal pad....that pad was solid and room temp and then turned to goo the 1st time ya turned it on. So yes, wipe it clean w/ 99% isoprophyl alcohol.

a c 112 à CPUs
September 5, 2013 7:26:51 PM

Whatever was there need to clean it to bare metal.
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September 5, 2013 7:32:08 PM

wipe with alcohol rag/wipe, air dry, apply new thermal paste, spread evenly with credit card.

(learned the hard way)