Cleaning 8800 GT chip?

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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  1. 90% rubbing Alcohol and some Q-tips work for me. Just try and get as much paste out of the surrounding area as possible.
  2. 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 :)
  3. Arctic clean number 1 and 2 are the best for this.
  4. Agree with JJBlanche that stuff works a lot better then Alcohol.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. I used the Isoproyl and a coffee filter (no lint/fibers etc) and it worked great for me.
  8. 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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