Yes its my first time assembling a computer. So do i use a regular alcohol? like a vodka or something? Can i cause any damage to the CPU or the heatsink while rubbing off the paste?
No Smirnoff. Use Isopropyl rubbing alcohol, or pure denatured alcohol, or an expensive thermal paste cleaner (not my choice).
Rubbing alcohol can be found at supermarkets and drug stores for less than $1 per quart.
You will be very gently
be rubbing the paste off the cpu, and since it is firmly mounted in its socket, no damage will occur.