scrape the pad off with a razor blade and clean with high grade alcohol and a coffee filter
Well, its defiantly just thermal grease. It is all squished. I looked up thermal pads. I don't think out of the 20+ PCs I have made over the year, I have ever seen even 1. They sound terrible actually...
So if it is just grease, should I just clean it off with alcohol and a coffee filter. Or should I still scrape it off? How about a credit card, so I have less of a chance of scratching either the CPU or cooler? Finally, should I distill the alcohol any, or just use 100% alcohol?