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February 3, 2011 12:01:18 AM

I need to rma my motherboard, so I need to remove the cpu and remove the thermal compound fromthe cpu and heatsink.

I have searched for how to clean a cpu but I can't seem to find a answer where some specifically says how to clean it off (they just give q list of materials to use,) and I am one of those people who needs specific instructions on how to do stuff.

Please help me with my problem. Also I already have 90% isopropyl alcohol to clean the thermal compound from the CPU and Heatsink

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February 3, 2011 1:41:49 AM

If you go to the artic silver web site they have a good process for doing this listed.
They list lintless pads and 90% alcohol or i believe its a xylene cleaner.
I think this is one of the links http://www.arcticsilver.com/instructions.htm
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February 3, 2011 2:30:55 AM

The 90% alcohol is pretty uch the minimum. I use 99% alcohol though since I am very crazy about cleaning my CPU/heatsink. But you want to use a towel like this:

http://www.championjanitorialsupply.com/products/towels...

That way it will clean up the old thermal paste but not leave anything behind.

I normally will wet a area of the towel and then clean the CPU until its pretty much brand new looking.
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February 3, 2011 3:01:16 AM

1. Remove CPU
2. Set area aside with newspaper just in case
3. DISCHARGE STATIC ELECTRICITY FROM BODY BY TOUCHING A GROUNDED METAL SURFACE
4. Using (1) coffee filter, dunk it in preferably 99% isopropyl alcohol
5. Wipe CPU until all thermal paste is gone
6. Profit.

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February 3, 2011 3:38:33 AM
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razercultmember1 said:
1. Remove CPU
2. Set area aside with newspaper just in case
3. DISCHARGE STATIC ELECTRICITY FROM BODY BY TOUCHING A GROUNDED METAL SURFACE
4. Using (1) coffee filter, dunk it in preferably 99% isopropyl alcohol
5. Wipe CPU until all thermal paste is gone
6. Profit.





Put #3 at the top of the list, and add it between every step. Kinda pointless to discharge static after you've already removed and handled (and possibly already killed) the processor.


February 3, 2011 9:19:16 PM

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February 4, 2011 9:36:22 AM

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