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January 4, 2014 11:40:27 AM

Hi, I got a new cooler a week ago, and when I installed there was a little bit of the stock cooler thermal paste on my CPU left when I put the new thermal paste on. I don't know if this is bad but I wanted to remove my heatsink again to redo the process. But I don't know how to clean it completly. I have a bottle of blue ethanol, should I use that?

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January 4, 2014 11:43:41 AM

90% or higher isopropyl alcohol will do the trick
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January 4, 2014 11:48:03 AM

q-tips, dip in ^ and scrub
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January 4, 2014 11:49:40 AM

first remove with a cloth, change for a4 paper and for last clean cloth with alcohol
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January 4, 2014 12:03:24 PM

i use paper towels but i hear using coffee filters works good too.
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January 4, 2014 12:45:44 PM

But is blue ethanol good or will it damage something?
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January 4, 2014 1:01:34 PM

MisterFatDuck said:
But is blue ethanol good or will it damage something?


i dont know for sure but i wouldnt risk it. get some clear stuff.
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