do i have to remove my cpu thermal compound?

Hey guys i have just got a intel i5 4670k, i would just try how it look with my stock cooler on the cpu now have there come thermal compound and i got a cooler master hyper 212 evo waiting to get ready for the build. now is the question: do i have to remove the thermal compound from the stock cooler or can i just let it stay and put the thermal compound from my cooler master over it?
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    If you leave lumps of the original stuff in there, it will prevent the HSF from settling properly with your new paste, you will likely have cooling issue and need to redo your installation. Spare yourself the trouble and do it properly on the first try.
  2. thank you CPUs master
  3. what can i clean it with?
  4. Rubbing alcohol and coffee filters work.
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