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    Question Cleaning a CPU

    I want to remove my old cpu cooler and replace it with a better one, could sombody please tell me what i can use to clean off the old Thermal Paste from the CPU . I've never done this before so am not sure how to go about it but i know i have to get the old paste off and apply new for a good Thermal Contact. Any advice would be most appreciated thanks inadvance

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    Isoprophyll alcohol with a lint free cloth to rub the old stuff off.

    A razor blade or something similar might be handy if you're having a tough time with it (note that it's for the thermal paste, not your wrists.)
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    Theres been loadsa posts asking about this lately, maybe we should have a sticky?

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    isopropyl, ethanol (what i use, 80-90% stuff), meths, or even white spirit will do but the latter 2 contain other stuff in them so u may get a residue form on the surface of the chip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ethos
    Theres been loadsa posts asking about this lately, maybe we should have a sticky?
    May I now introduce you to - http://forums.hexus.net/showthread.php?p=121731

    It's not perfect, but I'm sure many will find it useful as it covers the key points.
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    Thanks for all the advice guys, just one thing what and where do i get Isoprophyll alcohol i have no idea what this product is thanks all

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    Chemists might do it; I'd have thought boots would have it (you might have to ask at the counter)

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    You can ask for Isopropyl Alchohol in chemists, most of them stock it.

    If they ask what it's for say it's for cleaning VCR and cassette deck heads, as you repair them, as that's it's most common use for over the counter purchasers.

    Be aware though, that if you look a bit like a dosser, they may refuse to serve it to you, thinking you're going to drink the stuff and get (literally) blind drunk.

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