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    removing thermal paste from cpu?

    Hi

    I'm about to re-sit my heatsink, have an akasa 965 and q6600, just wondering how should i remove the thermal paste on it? I have two bottle of that Arcticlean remover, and will be using mx2 paste, so how do i excatly use the arcticlean to rmeove the paste? im guessing i dont just pour it onto the cpu

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    Re: removing thermal paste from cpu?

    No, don't pour it onto the CPU =)

    Pour a little amount onto a lint free cloth and gently rub off any residue.

    Are there no instructions on the Arcticlean remover bottle?

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    Re: removing thermal paste from cpu?

    Quote Originally Posted by zaphox View Post
    No, don't pour it onto the CPU =)

    Pour a little amount onto a lint free cloth and gently rub off any residue.

    Are there no instructions on the Arcticlean remover bottle?
    ^ nope no instructions on the bottles, the text is in french

    I dont have a lint free cloth, so would a tissue do? or even some cotton material from an old tshisrt?

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    Re: removing thermal paste from cpu?

    I find kitchen roll works well when your in a pinch and need something that's readily at-hand.
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    Re: removing thermal paste from cpu?

    As Zaphox said, lol

    You can also use isopropyl alcohol instead of Arcticlean, you can buy the alcohol at a pharmacists for about £5.00 for 500ml, which will last you a long long time. It's also good for cleaning spectacles and other electronic equipment.

    Or if you're a real cheapster, use meths.

    PS, yep, any clean dry soft cloth will do.

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    Re: removing thermal paste from cpu?

    yeah a bit of tissue will be all right, Kitchen roll is better than bog roll

    Instructions in English!!!!

    http://www.arcticsilver.com/pdf/appi...arcticlean.pdf

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    Re: removing thermal paste from cpu?

    I use nail polish remover and toilet or kitchen roll

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    Re: removing thermal paste from cpu?

    Well I'm back online after rebuilding and cleaning out my the whole of my rig, so much dust

    The cleaning was easier then i thought! it was actually quite enjoyable ended up using a nomal kitchen towel/tissue, but putting on the thermal paste was a right old pain, tried doing the line thing that Arctic Silver recommend, but ended up wasting abit of paste cos its impossible to get a perfect thin stright line, so got frustrated and just used the method that AC MX2 recommends which is a small pea blob in the middle! and so far after 10 mins of running the pc the temps have gone down by 5-7c! Will have to monitor what its like in the next few days, but so far so good before it used to idle around 37-42c across the cores, now its 28-35c at this moment in time.

    I also discovered why the push pins can be an **** to fit sometimes! If the white bits arent pushed into the holes fully then it wont lock, once i aligned the whit bits properly, it locked into place perfectly and how they show them in the vids!

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    Re: removing thermal paste from cpu?

    Kitchen roll has never faulted me, i find using number 1 then 2 then 1 then 2 works a bit better than just 1 then 2 of the arcticlean

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    Re: removing thermal paste from cpu?

    kitchen roll then tim-clean and a coton wool bud has always worked for me
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    Re: removing thermal paste from cpu?

    Kitchen roll here too, definitely get the alcohol from the chemist or online.
    I have used little pads from screen cleaning kits too and they were good.

    I personally use Roccol Electra Clean, it is not ideal as it dries slower than the alcohol (it was free) but it I notice a huge drop is temperatures whenever I clean my CPU.

    I gently and lightly brush past the areas with paste on to remove as much as I can, and do the same if it has smeared elsewhere.
    Then I make sure I clean the contact area gently but with a little more force than before until it has a consistent mirror like shine to it.

    Make sure there is nothing visible, like fluff etc, and you are good to go.
    Check the heatsink too.

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