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Best way to remove Thermal paste

Well i'm wanting to post my system with the reference heatsink that comes with my i5 3570k (because i was told not to use my after market one, I don't know why). I was wondering if i should just go ahead and use the aftermarket to post or the one that come with my CPU, and if the stock, what is the best way to remove the thermal paste. I have heard coffee filter, Q-tips (but wont that leave fibers), and a lint free cloth (would a case for my glasses work, i also doubles as the cloth to clean them). Are there any better product that clean a little better. And i will be using isopropyl alcohol.

Thanks.
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  1. I've used rubbing alcohol and Windex, both work well.
  2. mbreslin1954 said:
    I've used rubbing alcohol and Windex, both work well.


    What did u use to scrub it off
  3. Coffee filter is a good start.
    There are some cleaning products you can get that will dissolve the thermal paste, and then use the coffee filter to wipe it off.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100010 <-- this one works good for me

    not sure on the alcohol - but if you accidentally drip any on your motherboard im pretty sure it will cause problems.
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    I dampened a lint-free rag with either rubbing alcohol or Windex. Just enough to dampen the rag, then rub the compound off with it. If needed, when the compound has been removed, use a dry part of the cloth to dry off the chip, but alcohol evaporates very quickly, and we're talking a dampened rag here, not dousing it in liquid.
  5. Coffee Filter!
  6. i use chamois swaps mostly. they can be found at any electronics supply shop.
  7. Rubbing alcohol and coffee filters work well for me. Alcohol is good for cleaning around electronics because it evaporates and leaves no/very little residue. Get the higher concentration (97%) if you have an option. This will clean it completely, so I don't see a point in buying a more expensive solution.
  8. cool so ill do the rubbing alcohol, but what should i use to wipe it away
  9. I use one of the old diapers we have in the laundry room cupboard, but you can use any kind of lint-free dish cloth.
  10. Use a LCD wiping cloth
  11. sanilmahambre said:
    Use a LCD wiping cloth


    i heard about using one of those, how well do they work and will they leave and remanents behind
  12. They are softer so they do not scratch your processor. its an idle thing for this job and performs equally well without causing trouble.
    I use it to clean my processors and i have no complains.
    They have a very good cleansing property.
  13. sanilmahambre said:
    They are softer so they do not scratch your processor. its an idle thing for this job and performs equally well without causing trouble.
    I use it to clean my processors and i have no complains.
    They have a very good cleansing property.


    Great and thank you all for your very fast responses
  14. i use the cheap way out:

    rubbing alcohol, q-tips and a paper towel.

    works great and i have never had issues with fibers or other such trivial things.

    aftermarket thermal paste such as artic silver 5 is designed to fill any voids or scratches anyways.
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