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December 17, 2012 8:12:01 PM

Hi guys,

I know this is a dumb Q but it's something I've been wondering for a while...

I'm trying to remove thermal paste that I wrongly applied on the CPU and from what I've heard, most people seem to use isopropyl alcohol and coffee filters to wipe it off.

My problem is I don't drink coffee so I'm not sure which filters to use. Should I use cloth or paper? Bleached or unbleached?

I'm I over thing the whole thing? Probably. :lol: 

Thanks,

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a b à CPUs
December 17, 2012 8:24:40 PM

i use alcohol and a q-tip. works just fine.
a b à CPUs
December 17, 2012 8:26:36 PM

used tequila once. worked surprisingly well.
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a b à CPUs
December 17, 2012 8:29:38 PM

I am another user of cotton swabs and isopropyl alcohol.
December 17, 2012 9:05:55 PM

^+1
a c 188 à CPUs
December 17, 2012 9:13:42 PM

I have used Q-tips and than wiped it with a used dryer sheet.
December 17, 2012 9:25:33 PM

Yeah, I was only going to use q-tips as well, until someone came along and convinced me the lint from them will affect my temps. :o 

I've just got an irrational fear of somehow damaging the CPU whilst removing the paste. Anyways, if you guys think q-tips will be fine, that's great. I've got plenty of those in the house. :D 
a b à CPUs
December 17, 2012 9:27:47 PM

Just make sure they aren't the cheap ones, I have quite a variety of Q-tips and the more expensive ones don't leave lint whereas the cheaper ones that seem "fluffier" leave quite a bit of lint on stuff.
December 17, 2012 9:33:48 PM

Eh, they're kinda fluffy but what q-tip isn't? I can just blow any fluff off when I'm finished right?

Also, could the friction from rubbing off the paste create static that could damage the CPU?
a b à CPUs
December 17, 2012 9:35:49 PM

Pmckenna said:
Eh, they're kinda fluffy but what q-tip isn't? I can just blow any fluff off when I'm finished right?

Also, could the friction from rubbing off the paste create static that could damage the CPU?


I've rubbed the processor with a Q-tip in a reasonable way and no damage was ever done. And I've cleaned numerous processor and none have been damaged by static. Just make sure you are grounded and have no static on yourself and your good to go.
December 17, 2012 10:40:12 PM

I just used a lintfree microfiber cloth, it took just a couple of wipes because of the larger surface area and was all done.
a c 141 à CPUs
December 18, 2012 12:48:10 AM

X2 on the microfiber wipes!! Thats what I use!
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