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    Removing Thermal Paste on 7800GT

    I bought myself an Arctic NV5 (rev3) for my 7800GT, everything seems pretty straight forward, but i need advice on how to remove the thermal paste from my 7800GT, and what tools are best for the job.

    Its my first time doing something like this, and I really dont want to damage the card.

    Thanks.

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    Akasa TIM-clean will eat just about any kind of thermal paste/interface material and give your GPU a nice sheen
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    or just use surgical spirit?

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    I used special remover stuff on my x800xt but it says just use a tissue
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    Nail polish remover

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave87
    or just use surgical spirit?
    You really shouldn't use alcohol based solvents on computer hardware.
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    I've used Nail Polish remover on loadsa TIMs and it always comes up great even stuff thats been stuck down for years comes up beautifully with a little cotton wool and cheap Nail Polish Remover.
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    I use TIM-clean, a tissue, cotton bud, and a toothbrush. Great for shifting silver particales.
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    Oh yer, i used cotton buds on my x800xt
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    White Spirit works fine for me.

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    some crappy cotton buds loose strands easily though, and its a nightmare trying to get them off. gotta watch for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aidanjt
    some crappy cotton buds loose strands easily though, and its a nightmare trying to get them off. gotta watch for that.
    Yeah - I tend to use blue J-cloths, which don't seem to moult...

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    I can't say a toothbrush is a good idea . When I did my 7800GT I used the same process as I do with processors. Kitchen roll, Q-Tips (cotton buds) and a can of Isopropyl Alcohol I got from Maplins. Isopropyl Alcohol is much better than nail polish remover as it doesn't leave any residue and totally evaporates (it's also normally a component of what Nail Polish remover is made up of anyways). Just use a squirt of Isopropyl Alcohol on the core, remove the bulk of the thermal paste with the kitchen roll and finish up using the Q-Tips and more Isopropyl Alcohol.

    In an ideal world I would use coffee filters instead of kitchen roll, but (although I have not looked) I'm guessing they won't be cheap.

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    Akasa Tim-clean is well worth a purchase, its only a few pounds but cleans stuff really well and smells nice too! Has lasted me for ages aswell, maybe 1/8 of the way through after a very busy year of maybe 10 graphics cards cleanings and 20 processor cleanings as well as a few chipsets and random other dirty computer things! Also excellent at removing AS5 and other silvery compounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speed
    I can't say a toothbrush is a good idea .
    Toothbrushes are amazing actually, the bristiles are soft, fine and ridged enough for your gums, so they're perfect for scrubbing off traces of silver away from cache's on the GPU/CPU package. That coupled with TIM-clean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aidanjt
    Toothbrushes are amazing actually, the bristiles are soft, fine and ridged enough for your gums, so they're perfect for scrubbing off traces of silver away from cache's on the GPU/CPU package. That coupled with TIM-clean.
    Fair enough, not something I'd use/recommend though.

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