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Is this good to clean the CPU?

Went to Walmart to pick up some things to clean the CPU, bought a Hyper 212, and was wondering if this is what I need.

http://i.imgur.com/RyKNQ.jpg

Not too sure about them, the sponge looking things are microfiber on the back.
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    I prefer something "smoother" and only one layer, so that I can feel the surface of the CPU through the cloth.

    However, if that's what you have, it should "work". It may just take a little more time getting all the old paste off and fitting the sponge into the work area without hitting fans and RAM etc.

    Short answer: not what I would choose, but it will work fine.
  2. Z1NONLY said:
    I prefer something "smoother" and only one layer, so that I can feel the surface of the CPU through the cloth.

    However, if that's what you have, it should "work". It may just take a little more time getting all the old paste off and fitting the sponge into the work area without hitting fans and RAM etc.

    Short answer: not what I would choose, but it will work fine.


    The sponge was literally the only thing available. I'll go back and get a cloth.

    The alcohol is the correct one though right?
  3. Yes the isopropyl alcohol is what you want since it does not have added oils like rubbing alcohol. Honestly most cloths work as long as they don't leave any fibers behind. I usually just initially wipe of the thermal paste with a paper towel and alcohol. Then just buff it off with a microfiber towel but even a old t shirt would work.
  4. You know what you can use, coffee filters, I used them as recommended by Newegg tech and it works, it doesn't leave residue and they are cheap :)
  5. Paper towels work fine. No need for anything special. Could see coffee filters working well too

    I definitely wouldn't clean it with it in the board though...
  6. Paper towels may leave residue, coffee filters do not and work fine as I have done it many times,and yes remove the cpu and do it without the cpu in the socket, because you do not want to spill any alcohol into the motherboard.
  7. greddy23 said:
    Paper towels may leave residue, coffee filters do not and work fine as I have done it many times,and yes remove the cpu and do it without the cpu in the socket, because you do not want to spill any alcohol into the motherboard.

    Paper towels are fine, I've used them for years with no ill effects.

    Also, FYI, alcohol wouldn't hurt your motherboard. Rubbing alcohol is nonconductive and evaporates very rapidly. It's still a good idea to remove the CPU for cleaning, however. I like to get as much of the thermal paste off as possible before unclamping the chip, then clean it again more thoroughly before putting it back.
  8. Paper towels are PERFECTLY fine.
  9. Found a microfiber cloth and used the alcohol, worked great!

    First time working with replacing a heat sink.
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