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Cleaning 8800 GT chip?

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January 13, 2008 3:49:02 PM

Alright when i took apart my 8800 GT i noticed that the GPU is exposed. Im not sure how i should clean this. I can get the actually chip itself clean but around it its like a valley where theres a but of things sticking up.. and i cant get all the thermal paste out of it. Do i need to get the paste out of this area even though its not making contact? If so whats the best way, thanks.

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January 13, 2008 4:16:17 PM

90% rubbing Alcohol and some Q-tips work for me. Just try and get as much paste out of the surrounding area as possible.
January 13, 2008 4:26:12 PM

T8RR8R said:
90% rubbing Alcohol and some Q-tips work for me. Just try and get as much paste out of the surrounding area as possible.


+1 :) 
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January 13, 2008 4:31:27 PM

Arctic clean number 1 and 2 are the best for this.
January 13, 2008 4:35:32 PM

Agree with JJBlanche that stuff works a lot better then Alcohol.
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January 13, 2008 4:36:48 PM

If you leave a trace amount it should be ok. (after all, it was put there by the manufacturer, right?) Q-tips and rubbing alcohol is my cleaning method as well.
January 13, 2008 5:22:03 PM

I usually use acetone. It seems to really dissolve heatsink grease (much better than alcohol), then I usually finish up with alcohol either isopropyl (rubbing alcohol) or ethanol because I'm not sure if acetone leaves a residue, but I know that alcohol does not.
January 13, 2008 5:29:17 PM

I used the Isoproyl and a coffee filter (no lint/fibers etc) and it worked great for me.
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January 13, 2008 6:18:33 PM

bildo123 said:
I used the Isoproyl and a coffee filter (no lint/fibers etc) and it worked great for me.

I redid(the stock cooler) my 8800GTX that way.....but i finish off with qtips as well....for 1-2c cooler it was not worth it(for stock, BFG did a good job)....but at least i know its done my way....
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