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Thermal paste to clean the cpu

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a b à CPUs
September 13, 2012 2:32:26 PM

hi im wondering what be a good lint free cloth are the tv and pc screen cloths ok to use for cleaning the thermal paste and i know this is a dumb question
a c 149 à CPUs
September 13, 2012 4:23:45 PM

IMO coffee filters are great for cleaning thermal paste from the CPU and heatsink. I use a dry coffee filters to get off as much of the junk as possible then wet filters to finish the cleaning.
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September 13, 2012 6:10:17 PM

I just use Q-tips, surprisingly they clean the chip surface to a mirror finish if you spend the time.
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September 13, 2012 6:26:25 PM

Like RDS1220 said, coffee filters are about the best household item you're going to find. I'm not too keen on the use of a Q-tip because the cotton likes to clump or leave pieces of lint behind. As long as it's soft and has a very tightly-knit construction, then you cannot go wrong. For the solution though, I'm a big fan of heptane, it evaporates within a second or two and leaves absolutely no residue.
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a b à CPUs
September 13, 2012 6:27:16 PM

rds1220 said:
IMO coffee filters are great for cleaning thermal paste from the CPU and heatsink. I use a dry coffee filters to get off as much of the junk as possible then wet filters to finish the cleaning.


Coffee filters dampened with 95% isopropyl alcohol works great. Lint free and dries quickly. Most clothes leave microscopic fibers behind that interfere with the heat transfer and leave dead air spaces between the CPU and HSF
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a c 134 à CPUs
September 13, 2012 6:27:32 PM

I use regular paper towels with 70% isopropyl alcohol.
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a b à CPUs
September 14, 2012 5:48:58 AM

so paper towel wnt damage my cpu
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a c 149 à CPUs
September 14, 2012 5:58:35 AM

No but it's not non lint so it could leave little fibers behind that could affect temperatures.
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a b à CPUs
September 14, 2012 6:01:19 AM

i was going to get the cloth tht u use to clean computer screen cleaning cloths will they be ok ?
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a c 134 à CPUs
September 14, 2012 12:39:34 PM

rds1220 said:
No but it's not non lint so it could leave little fibers behind that could affect temperatures.

Air is full of dust that will land on your lint-free PSU, HSF and paste between the time you are done cleaning and the time you are done putting it together. If lint particles are too small to be visible to the naked eye under normal lighting conditions, it is unlikely to have any measurable impact on cooling performance.
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a b à CPUs
September 17, 2012 2:20:52 AM

Best answer selected by skitz9417.
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