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    Cleaning a CPU

    Hello all,

    I am in the process of building a new PC for the family and am planning on hopefully selling some of the items from the PC.

    CPU + Cooler.
    4GB DDR2 (I think, will check sticker later)
    And a 7950 (GT I think will check later)

    Was going to sell Mobo as well but looks like one of the components on the board has burnt out.

    So, my question is, how/ what is the best way to clean a CPU + Cooler?

    Want to get it as clean as possible in regards to removing the paste.

    Cheers!
    Quote Originally Posted by TAKTAK View Post
    It didn't fall off, it merely became insufficient at it's purpose and got a bit droopy...

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    Re: Cleaning a CPU

    Tissue or kitchen roll and wipe it off as much as you can if you have no TIM remover.

    If you do, then just one drop and wipe it off. Acetone can be used too.

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    Re: Cleaning a CPU

    Looks like it is going to be kitched towel..
    Quote Originally Posted by TAKTAK View Post
    It didn't fall off, it merely became insufficient at it's purpose and got a bit droopy...

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    Re: Cleaning a CPU

    Dont forget the vodka

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    Re: Cleaning a CPU

    Kitchen roll and cotton buds worked fine for me.
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    Re: Cleaning a CPU

    Cheers for the advice guys.

    Rather than start a new thread, how much do people think I can realistically get for the following: -

    512Mb EVGA GeForce 7950GT (OC'ed out the box if I remember)
    Corsair DDR2 TX 2GB 3200 is what it says on the sticker.
    AMD 4200 X2 S939
    Cooler Master HyperTX AMD HSF
    Asus DRW1608P x15DVD-1RW 8XDL

    Would sell the motherboard..but summets gone on it, so its not up for sale.
    Quote Originally Posted by TAKTAK View Post
    It didn't fall off, it merely became insufficient at it's purpose and got a bit droopy...

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    Re: Cleaning a CPU

    Depends of the thermal paste, it may be solid to to point of having to scrape off the worst of it, in these cases I tend to use a wooden cocktail stick to srape off the worst, then some kitchen roll to wipe it down, some vodka (or some medicinal rubbing alcohol from a chemist) and a cotton bud work very well for a final clean

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    Re: Cleaning a CPU

    Cheers, I have a feeling it will be solid.

    I cant turn the system on just to try and warm it up either..what a weekend.
    Quote Originally Posted by TAKTAK View Post
    It didn't fall off, it merely became insufficient at it's purpose and got a bit droopy...

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    Re: Cleaning a CPU

    can i ask....what motherboard is it?? and what is burnt out on it?? you know it may well have parts some people "myself" may want to salvage from it

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    Re: Cleaning a CPU

    Quote Originally Posted by Disturbedguy View Post
    512Mb EVGA GeForce 7950GT (OC'ed out the box if I remember)
    Corsair DDR2 TX 2GB 3200 is what it says on the sticker.
    AMD 4200 X2 S939
    Cooler Master HyperTX AMD HSF
    Asus DRW1608P x15DVD-1RW 8XDL
    I've received CPUs with the thermal paste still on so don't bother taking it off, you might be doing them a favour and saving them a bit of paste

    I'm not too good with GPU prices , about £25ish?
    CPU - 40ish
    Heatsink - 10ish
    DVDRW - 10ish
    RAM - 30ish
    Last edited by amjedm; 07-12-2009 at 12:46 AM.

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    Re: Cleaning a CPU

    Yup 2 x 2Gb
    Quote Originally Posted by TAKTAK View Post
    It didn't fall off, it merely became insufficient at it's purpose and got a bit droopy...

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    Re: Cleaning a CPU

    Not sure what it is that is burt out, I know aint a capacitor, its something smaller.

    It is/ was an Ip35 board.
    Quote Originally Posted by TAKTAK View Post
    It didn't fall off, it merely became insufficient at it's purpose and got a bit droopy...

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    Re: Cleaning a CPU

    Quote Originally Posted by Disturbedguy View Post
    Yup 2 x 2Gb
    See above post for price of RAM

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    Re: Cleaning a CPU

    Get yourself some isopropyl alcohol. It is dead cheap from your local chemist. I got a load for 79p. Use kicthen towels to get the majority of the gunk off, and then use cotton buds lightly soaking in isopropyl alcohol to scrub down the rest of the CPU. It will evaporate once it comes into contact with air, so work quickly, and make sure you keep the lid on the bottle. Unlike this muppet here

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    Re: Cleaning a CPU

    As Singh400 says:

    Isoprpyl Alcohol (you can also get it from Maplins).

    Personally I use TIM remover first, then clean that off with IPA.

    DON'T use nail varnish remover (contains oils) or acetone - it is an agressive plastic solvent.
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