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Replacing Motherboard and CPU glue

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February 21, 2013 9:35:18 PM

Hey so I think my motherboard died (i just sent it back) but have some questions about the glue i will need for the new board.
So when i pulled the default fan off my CPU i noticed there is a lot of the glue on the CPU and on the heat sink. I assume i need to buy some glue before the new motherboard comes, but how do i clean what is already on there off so i can re-apply it.
Then what should i use to clean my hand grease off?
Guess I just need some info on proper procedure for this
As always i appreciate the help!

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February 21, 2013 9:53:19 PM

Greetings friend, I hope by glue you mean thermal paste. Anyways Isopropyl alcohol and cotton swabs works fine for me. You just put a bit of the alcohol on the swab and rub to remove the paste away (takes quite a few swabs for me). Anyways take the time to read this well put guide by amuffin:
February 21, 2013 10:03:11 PM

Id recommend you use a lint free or micro-fiber cloth, you can purchase them online or in a eletronic store. The reason for this is the less fibers you leave behind, the more the thermal paste will bond to the the compoents. Good bonding allows tempatures to be lower and the lower the better. Also there is a tendancy to over soak a cotten swab with the a Isopropyl alcohol which can cause drip onto the motherboard. With a cloth its a litter easier to apply less liqid, you only need a drop or two on the cloth. When you are cleaning off the thermal paste be carefull about pulling it off the sides of the processor onto the main-board of the processor. You dont want to have the paste make contact with the circuits. If that happens use a clean microfiber cloth to clean off the residue.

You have to reapply new thremal paste, I recommend Céramique™ 2
Tri-Linear Ceramic Thermal Compound
Read instructions very carefully:
February 21, 2013 10:08:08 PM

You will also need to reapply the paste afterwards (i usually just put a couple thin lines on the CPU and spread it to make a thin layer). There's a variety of different pastes you can use, and it probably won't make a huge difference.

I've used Arctic Silver 5 a lot mainly because I heard a lot of good things about it. But for me, the main reason now, is i like the fact that it is easy to spread.