Wiping off thermal paste or keep TP? Tags: CPUs Thermal Compound Last response: December 1, 2009 6:34 PM in CPUs Share Bluescreendeath a b à CPUs December 1, 2009 3:45:58 AM My idle temps for my CPU are a bit higher than I like, and I suspect it's because I've used too much thermal paste. (I installed my HSF about 4 months ago) Can I just take off my CPU HSF and wipe off the excess thermal paste (and maybe reapply a very small amount) or should I just clean off the whole thing and reapply from scratch? I'm using the Artic Cooling MX-7 Thermal Paste, so I have no idea how hard it will be if I have to clean the entire thing off... More about : wiping thermal paste amnotanoobie a b à CPUs December 1, 2009 5:08:26 AM Well it is advisable to clean it off and start anew. It is hard to guarantee that there would be no air bubbles or dust if you don't start from scratch. jsc a c 172 à CPUs December 1, 2009 1:19:44 PM Isopropyl alcohol and a piece of coffee filter work nicely. Related resources Wiping thermal paste off a processor - anything that I shouldn't do? - Forum Alternative to alcoholic cloths to clean thermal paste off CPU - Forum In which method to apply thermal paste ? + PSU Confusion - Forum Do not use thermal paste - Forum Do I really need thermal paste ? - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer cyberkuberiah December 1, 2009 1:27:23 PM yeah , just start anew , u wont have used the entire paste anyway in the first go . wa1 a b à CPUs December 1, 2009 1:31:23 PM And what amount of thermal paste that i should use to applying to HSF? On both sides(cpu and HSF)? I'm using the GC-Extreme from Gelid solutions thermal paste... TheViper a b à CPUs December 1, 2009 2:47:47 PM Only use enough to draw a short line of paste in the middle of the CPU. Bluescreendeath a b à CPUs December 1, 2009 6:34:42 PM I tend to put a very thin layer on my CPU itself, then I put a tiny dot (maybe 1/2 3/4 the size of a rice grain) right in the center of the HSF plate. Last time I put TP equal to two rice grains on the HSF, and a very thin layer on the CPU, which I think is excessive? Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumThermal Paste Removal/Installation Guide ForumH100i Thermal paste questions ForumCleaning thermal paste for the first time ForumReplacing Thermal Paste - Remove CPU from socket? Forumwhat thermal paste should I use ForumThermal Paste Exposure ??? ForumThermal Paste Application Question ForumHyper 212+ and Thermal Paste Questions! ForumWill Alcohol Remover Work for Thermal Paste ? ForumBest Cpu cooler for ~40 Forum[Solved] If my heatsink has thermal grease on it, does my CPU need some too? ForumThermal paste well aplied? Forum[Solved] Applying Thermal Paste to AMD CPU Forum[Solved] Thermal compund ForumShould I keep my PSU? Can it run with a new graphics card? More resources Read discussions in other CPUs categories AMD Intel Intel i5 Intel i7 Phenom Cooling Performance !