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Changing Thermal Paste

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October 11, 2010 4:41:16 AM

If i install my cpu and it's stock heat sink, will i be able to remove it and change the paste without a problem? I've never done it before so it would be good to know if i wish to upgrade my heat sink and paste quality later. IF there are any guides that go over how to do this or someone that can give a basic explanation that would be great.

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October 11, 2010 5:16:03 AM
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Yes. When you do, wipe the old compound off with a soft applicator or cloth using alcohol. There are lots of guides to be found on how to apply the new. In short you want to spread a very thin coating of the new compound on the processor surface. Then attach the new cooler.
October 11, 2010 5:23:43 AM

Alright that's what i thought, just wasn't sure if i had to purchase a special substance to remove it with, cloth and alcohol works fine then? Thanks ^.^
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October 11, 2010 6:37:33 AM

xurbanx said:
Alright that's what i thought, just wasn't sure if i had to purchase a special substance to remove it with, cloth and alcohol works fine then? Thanks ^.^


Alcohol does a fine job, even the 70% variety. Generally others would recommend the 90%+ purity as it dries pretty fast and leaves no residue. The 70% variety though, you'd need to wait just a bit more (around a minute or so for it to completely dry out).

Just be sure there's no particles left, and don't touch it with your hands (as your hands typically have a very thin layer of oil).
October 11, 2010 8:27:39 PM

Great, thank you both for the tips!
October 11, 2010 8:27:47 PM

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