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cleaning CPU cooler heatsinks

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July 9, 2014 3:35:55 AM

Hi

For 6 months I have been hating to look at my greasy heatsinks on my CPU cooler, I have been wanting to clean them for several months but haven't been bothered. What is the best way to clean just the top of them without having to take it out of the case?

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a b à CPUs
July 9, 2014 3:45:44 AM

Use a can of compressed air, available quite cheaply. Just hold about 20 cm away and spray in 1 second bursts. Should do the trick!
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July 9, 2014 3:47:31 AM

I think he means fingerprint marks not dust.
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July 9, 2014 3:48:43 AM

are you reffering to the dust on the heatsink ?
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July 9, 2014 3:49:33 AM

unknownofprob said:
I think he means fingerprint marks not dust.


blacksheep123 said:
are you reffering to the dust on the heatsink ?


yes for top and no, the fingerprint marks on the heatsink that I made during installation....
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July 9, 2014 3:50:50 AM

alcohol
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July 9, 2014 3:51:29 AM

What type?
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July 9, 2014 3:54:55 AM

DelroyMonjo said:
alcohol


do i need to take out the CPU cooler to clean it that way? I only want to clean the top surface of the cooler.
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July 9, 2014 4:01:33 AM

one way you can do is spray alcohol and compressed air on the device.... like a body spray...it will work
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July 9, 2014 5:17:11 AM

gooddayz said:
unknownofprob said:
I think he means fingerprint marks not dust.


blacksheep123 said:
are you reffering to the dust on the heatsink ?


yes for top and no, the fingerprint marks on the heatsink that I made during installation....


Ok if fingerprints, it won't really affect performance, only aesthetics. If its really bothering you use the 99% isopropyl alcohol on a cotton bud and rub it on. You may even be able to use the dry cotton bud as it is and it might remove them.
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July 9, 2014 5:18:12 AM

gooddayz said:
What type?


(preferably over) 90%, isopropyl alcohol.
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July 9, 2014 9:24:32 PM

tambeshakunt said:
gooddayz said:
What type?


(preferably over) 90%, isopropyl alcohol.


yes, and there is no need to take the cooler out of the case, just apply on the closest heatsink (First top layer, not the whole thing)
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