Do i need to to clean CPU before installing new cooler Tags: Cooling Thermal Compound CPUs clean Last response: September 5, 2013 7:42 PM in CPUs Share Robwalters04 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. More about : clean cpu installing cooler JackNaylorPE 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. USAFRet a c 112 à CPUs September 5, 2013 7:26:51 PM Whatever was there before...you need to clean it to bare metal. Related resources Clean heatsink before install new cpu? - Forum Clean install with windows 8.1 oem disc on new ssd before formatting old hdd - Forum Did not clean CPU before installation - Forum New CPU Cooler, or clean stock cooler? - Forum Do I Have To Update BIOS Before Installing New CPU? - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer shadow32 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) JackNaylorPE a c 180 à CPUs September 5, 2013 7:42:01 PM oh yeah .... this will help http://archive.benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=co... Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedJust put thermal paste on CPU cooler and installed it, but had to take it out again to fit ram. Should I clean and apply again Forum SolvedSwtiching from MSI 7750 to GTX 760, do I need to uninstall the drivers of my MSI card before installing new gpu? Forum SolvedNeed a good CPU cooler with no installation of a new backplate Forum SolvedMy GPU is working, but I don't get a display after installing a new CPU cooler. Forum SolvedFormat HDD before installing new Mobo/CPU? Forum SolvedDo you need to format a new primary hdd before installing windows? Forum Should old thermal paste be removed before installing new cooler? Forum SolvedJust Bought a new EVGA Superclocked GTX 770...is there something I need to do before installing it? Forum Before install freezer xtreme cpu fan should i clean off existing thermal grease Forum SolvedNeed a new CPU cooler Forum SolvedWipe hard drive before installing new motherboard/cpu/ram? Forum SolvedComputer will not boot after installing new CPU cooler Forum SolvedNeed help getting a new CPU cooler Forum SolvedHELP i need a new cpu cooler under 31$ Forum Do I need to manually uninstall/use Driversweeper before installing new drivers? Forum More resources Read discussions in other CPUs categories AMD Intel Intel i5 Intel i7 Phenom Cooling Performance !