Results 1 to 12 of 12

Thread: Quick question regarding cleaning off old thermal paste

  1. #1
    Senior Lurker
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    1,038
    Thanks
    202
    Thanked
    59 times in 58 posts
    • Englander's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming
      • CPU:
      • i5-6500
      • Memory:
      • 2x8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 2666MHz
      • Storage:
      • SanDisk 128GB SSD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Intel HD 530 Integrated Graphics
      • PSU:
      • Be Quiet! Straight Power 10 400W
      • Case:
      • Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10 64bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell U2515H
      • Internet:
      • Plusnet 38Mb/2Mb

    Quick question regarding cleaning off old thermal paste

    I read that isopropyl alcohol is the best thing to use when cleaning off thermal paste, however I don't have any. My father has suggested vodka as a replacement, will that be ok?

    I'm just planning installing my shiny new Xigmatek

  2. #2
    DILLIGAF GoNz0's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Derby
    Posts
    10,866
    Thanks
    632
    Thanked
    1,190 times in 943 posts
    • GoNz0's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus Rampage V Extreme
      • CPU:
      • i7 something X99 based
      • Memory:
      • 16gb GSkill
      • Storage:
      • 4 SSD's + WD Red
      • Graphics card(s):
      • GTX980 Strix WC
      • PSU:
      • Enermax Galaxy 1250 (9 years and counting)
      • Case:
      • Corsair 900D
      • Operating System:
      • win10 64bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell 24"
      • Internet:
      • 220mb Cable

    Re: Quick question regarding cleaning off old thermal paste

    its not perfect, but will do the job.

    nail varnish remover would be the 2nd option so long as it doesnt contain conditioner.

    you will need a large glass of vodka and some ear buds.

    dip a couple of ear buds in the vodka, clean up the mess and down the rest

  3. Received thanks from:

    Englander (28-05-2009)

  4. #3
    Flat cap, Whippets, Cave. Clunk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    11,056
    Thanks
    360
    Thanked
    725 times in 459 posts

    Re: Quick question regarding cleaning off old thermal paste

    Some dry kitchen paper will do the trick unless it's that cement type stuff.
    Quote Originally Posted by Blitzen View Post
    stupid betond belief.
    You owe it to yourself to click here really.

  5. #4
    It's good to be bad pauldarkside's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Cornwall
    Posts
    2,930
    Thanks
    295
    Thanked
    378 times in 259 posts
    • pauldarkside's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ASUS Maximus VI Hero
      • CPU:
      • Intel Core i7-4770K & Corsair Hydro H80i
      • Memory:
      • Corsair Vengeance 32GB (4x8GB) 1600MHz DDR3
      • Storage:
      • Corsair Force GS 128GB, Crucial M500 480GB, WD Black 4TB
      • Graphics card(s):
      • EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Superclocked
      • PSU:
      • Corsair Professional HX850W
      • Case:
      • Corsair Graphite 780T (White)
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 8.1 Pro 64bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • Asus ROG Swift PG278Q
      • Internet:
      • BT Infinity @ 78Mbps

    Re: Quick question regarding cleaning off old thermal paste

    Quote Originally Posted by Clunk View Post
    Some dry kitchen paper will do the trick
    That's what I use - no need for anything fancy, put the spare cash the extra towards some decent paste
    My only concern is should I hide my true identity? A costume maybe?

    0iD: Plus weeing in it every now & again does it good
    scaryjim: 10" is just a little large to hold comfortably in one hand, which makes it a lot harder to tap, swipe and generally interact with.

  6. #5
    Banned
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    116
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked
    3 times in 3 posts

    Re: Quick question regarding cleaning off old thermal paste

    I use adhesive remover

  7. #6
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Newcastle Upon Tyne
    Posts
    121
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    5 times in 5 posts
    • Grymdawg's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ASUS Rampage II Extreme
      • CPU:
      • i7 920 C0 @ 3.2ghz
      • Memory:
      • 12gig DDR3 1600Mhz
      • Storage:
      • 74gig WD Raptor, 1TB F1 Spinpoint
      • Graphics card(s):
      • ATi 4870X2
      • PSU:
      • Corsair HX1000w
      • Case:
      • Silverstone TJ09 Black with window
      • Operating System:
      • Vista Home Premium 64bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • Samsung Syncmaster T220
      • Internet:
      • BT Infinity

    Re: Quick question regarding cleaning off old thermal paste

    I use TIM cleaner, as its 4 quid for a bottle and it lasts ages.

  8. #7
    Senior Member Hicks12's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Plymouth-SouthWest
    Posts
    6,554
    Thanks
    1,066
    Thanked
    331 times in 287 posts
    • Hicks12's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus P8Z68-V
      • CPU:
      • Intel i5 2500k@4ghz, cooled by EK Supreme HF
      • Memory:
      • 8GB Kingston hyperX ddr3 PC3-12800 1600mhz
      • Storage:
      • 64GB M4/128GB M4 / WD 640GB AAKS / 1TB Samsung F3
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Palit GTX460 @ 900Mhz Core
      • PSU:
      • 675W ThermalTake ThoughPower XT
      • Case:
      • Lian Li PC-A70 with modded top for 360mm rad
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 Professional 64bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell U2311H IPS
      • Internet:
      • 10mb/s cable from virgin media

    Re: Quick question regarding cleaning off old thermal paste

    I just use isopropyl that i get free from the lab, great stuff.
    Quote Originally Posted by snootyjim View Post
    Trust me, go into any local club and shout "I've got dual Nehalem Xeons" and all of the girls will practically collapse on the spot at the thought of your e-penis

  9. #8
    Will work for beer... nichomach's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Preston, Lancs
    Posts
    6,133
    Thanks
    527
    Thanked
    137 times in 98 posts
    • nichomach's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3
      • CPU:
      • AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 95W
      • Memory:
      • 16GB DR3
      • Storage:
      • 1x250GB Maxtor SATAII, 1x 400GB Hitachi SATAII
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Zotac GTX 1060 3GB
      • PSU:
      • Coolermaster 500W
      • Case:
      • Coolermaster Elite 430
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell 20" TFT
      • Internet:
      • Virgin Media Cable

    Re: Quick question regarding cleaning off old thermal paste

    'Nother one for TIM Cleaner; also love the smell...

  10. #9
    Gentoo Ricer
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Galway
    Posts
    11,034
    Thanks
    1,013
    Thanked
    944 times in 704 posts
    • aidanjt's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus Strix Z370-G
      • CPU:
      • Intel i7-8700K
      • Memory:
      • 2x8GB Corsiar LPX 3000C15
      • Storage:
      • 500GB Samsung 960 EVO
      • Graphics card(s):
      • EVGA GTX 970 SC ACX 2.0
      • PSU:
      • EVGA G3 750W
      • Case:
      • Fractal Design Define C Mini
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10 Pro
      • Monitor(s):
      • Asus MG279Q
      • Internet:
      • 240mbps Virgin Cable

    Re: Quick question regarding cleaning off old thermal paste

    Quote Originally Posted by nichomach View Post
    'Nother one for TIM Cleaner; also love the smell...
    ++

    I've used the stuff for many years, never fails to do a good job. I'm actually on my second bottle after cleaning over 50 ICs and *PUs.
    Quote Originally Posted by Agent View Post
    ...every time Creative bring out a new card range their advertising makes it sound like they have discovered a way to insert a thousand Chuck Norris super dwarfs in your ears...

  11. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Posts
    6,512
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    236 times in 200 posts

    Re: Quick question regarding cleaning off old thermal paste

    I use Articlean here. If I feel like it, I also use isopropyl alcohol. Articlean works best for first pass though as it dissolve the paste with greater ease than isopropyl (TIM Cleaner probably works the same way).

  12. #11
    Senior Member roorooroo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Cheshire cat country
    Posts
    1,266
    Thanks
    80
    Thanked
    78 times in 55 posts
    • roorooroo's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ga-z170-Gaming 3
      • CPU:
      • Skylake i7 6700k
      • Memory:
      • 16gb corsair vengeance
      • Storage:
      • 4 TB (3xHD), 3xSSD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • GTX 980ti
      • PSU:
      • tX 850w Corsair
      • Case:
      • cooler master haf92
      • Monitor(s):
      • 32" Panasonic
      • Internet:
      • "up to" 152mb

    Re: Quick question regarding cleaning off old thermal paste

    I use Akasa tim-clean...it last ages as you say..and the smell is mmmm..lemony

  13. #12
    Admin team peterb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Southampton
    Posts
    19,378
    Thanks
    2,892
    Thanked
    3,401 times in 2,691 posts
    • peterb's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Nascom 2
      • CPU:
      • Z80B
      • Memory:
      • 48K 8 bit memory on separate card
      • Storage:
      • Audio cassette tape - home built 5.25" floppy drive
      • Graphics card(s):
      • text output (composite video)
      • PSU:
      • Home built
      • Case:
      • Home built
      • Operating System:
      • Nas-sys
      • Monitor(s):
      • 12" monocrome composite video input
      • Internet:
      • No networking capability on this machine

    Re: Quick question regarding cleaning off old thermal paste

    IPA isn't that expensive from Maplin.

    http://buy.maplin.co.uk/Free_UK_Deli...ohol_28994.htm
    (\__/)
    (='.'=)
    (")_(")

    Been helped or just 'Like' a post? Use the Thanks button!
    My broadband speed - 750 Meganibbles/minute

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Thermal Paste Removal
    By shkm in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 62
    Last Post: 25-03-2008, 10:09 PM
  2. Thermal paste question
    By Taz in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 19-11-2007, 02:34 AM
  3. What's the best thermal paste to use for CPU and GPU?
    By 8bit in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 23-01-2006, 11:45 PM
  4. Applying thermal paste
    By XA04 in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 21-12-2005, 10:21 PM
  5. Thermal grease or paste?
    By Crazy Fool in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 21-07-2004, 09:00 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •