how would i remove it? i'm going to be using ACETONE to remove it. some people told me it was bad to use acetone but some said it was good.. i'm a bit lost there.
also what are the procedures to removing an AMD stock heatsink then cleaning the CPU and installing the new HSF. i just know how to install the new HSF but i might have problems removing the old fan/cleaning CPU.
Acetone? No, scrape off what you can with a plastic knife or other disposable plastic object with a flat edge. Then use rubbing alcohol and a clean coffee filter to clean off the thermal remaining residue.
netix, the best way to remove thermal paste is to firstly use toilet paper to remove the excess amounts of the paste off the surface. Then when that is done, use Isopropanol (found here) to really clean the rest of the paste off (most of which will be in the micro-cracks on the surface) using an anti-static cloth (such as a cleaning cloth for monitor screens). Acetone is something i really wouldn't advise...
use rubbing alcohol not acetone, much nicer on anything that it touches, acetone is a much stronger solvent and is often used to dissolve strong glues, it has the potential to cause harm to items or you if you arent in a well ventilated area. Depending on how the paste is applied you may just be able to wipe it off with a paper towel, if its the more solid stuff a plastic putty knife would do quite well, you can then use rubbing alcohol and a soft cloth to remove the rest.
dont take the CPU out because you dont wanna get any chemicals on the pins, use a q-tip and dip it in some chemical so its moist not dripping, apply it and let it sit for a few seconds, then take a softmicrofiber cloth or coffee filter and rub the residue off, DO all that after you scrape as much as you can off with a plastic knife or something like that.
DON'T do the job when your not prepped to do it. its stupid to do something like that half assed without the right tools at hand. wait and get the right things, whats another day? don't be lazy.