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August 18, 2007 8:27:20 PM

i about to clean the cpu and heatsink and reaply thermal paste

is alchool 70% good enough to take out the old thermal paste or shouild i get some higher one

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August 18, 2007 8:35:42 PM

deadly_knife said:
i about to clean the cpu and heatsink and reaply thermal paste

is alchool 70% good enough to take out the old thermal paste or shouild i get some higher one


The alcohol you have is fine. Just get a soft cloth and carefully wipe the heatsink and the top of the cpu clean. Reapply new paste sparingly.
August 18, 2007 8:58:17 PM

run out to your local grocery store and get some 90%+... it hardly costs anything.. and will leave less residue.
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August 18, 2007 9:04:55 PM

While your at the grocery, buy some distilled water and clean off the alcohol residue.
August 18, 2007 9:17:44 PM

Without being too anal about it, just use the 70% stuff. Apply it to a cloth and rub the goop off the cpu. Try not to get any liquid on the motherboard. Repeat the cleaning process using a clean part of the cloth until all the paste is gone. Let it dry completely and then apply the new paste.
August 20, 2007 8:24:49 AM

You don't need to overdo it. While I probably should have used a cleaner, I took a dry paper towel and wiped it down when I reseated my HS, and it is working well. Just try to be thorough about it.
August 20, 2007 9:59:47 AM

I just ordered some special CPU cleaner along with my new thermal paste, no idea how good it works but it seemed a good idea at the time. It was called Akasa Heatsink + CPU cleaner or something, I'll tell you how well it works once I've used it. :p 
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