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    Cleaning Thermal Paste off CPU?

    Hi,

    What's the best way to get thermal paste off a CPU core (AMD AthlonXP TbredB)? I was thinking nail polish remover and a glasses cleaning cloth, but if anyone has a better idea I'm open to suggestions.

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    If i remember correctly nail polish remover isn't advisable because it contains scent or something similar. I never cleaned one my self but I think 'rubbing alcohol' is suggested ?
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    Some contain a polish, which can cause problems.
    I either use alcohol (ethnol), or some TCP (you know, the medial stuff).

    Both seem to work fine
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    Can you buy this pure alcohol at chemists then?

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    Not sure, i got my little bottle from somone who works with it.
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    And by trying to force me to like small pants, they've alienated me.

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    I've always used nail polish on mine with no problem! Although your not meant to... might have to stop that soon.

    From the artic silver site:

    CPU Core:
    Use high-purity isopropyl alcohol, acetone or Akasa TIM-Clean and a bit of careful rubbing.
    Do not use nail polish remover as it contains fragrance oils and other contaminants.
    (If you use acetone, do a final cleaning with isopropyl alcohol.)


    Ethos

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    i use white spirit tbh

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    Isopropynol Alcohol - you can get it in a spray can from Maplins - will either be labelled Universal Head Cleaner, or Tape Head Cleaner.

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    Im a bit weird......(you knew that tho)

    So I use the edge of a CD to scrape off the thick glop that heatsinks and some CPU's have on them from new (and vid card heatsinks)

    then I use GIN and kitchen roll

    works good for me 40% alcohol and it smells nice

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    you can use acetone aswell you can get it at any hardware store...

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    Originally posted by digitalis
    Isopropynol Alcohol - you can get it in a spray can from Maplins - will either be labelled Universal Head Cleaner, or Tape Head Cleaner.
    How much do they charge for that then? Akasa TIM-clean is £4.50 at OCers.co.uk.

    But GIN! Come on, it's got better uses than that!

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    Isopropyl Alcohol. Walk into a camera shop and ask - they use it in developing. Or a chemist will have some.

    Or, best yet, have a friend doing some kind of biosci job / course.

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    Isopropyl Alcohol - As long as you are over 18 you can get it from the chemist in reasonably big bottles, just use it with cotton buds and it will only takes a few minutes.

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    I use alcohol medical wipes that contain 70% isopropyl alcohol. Otherwise known as "Medi-Swabs" ... In fact I use this to clean anything thats greasy/hard to rub off.

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    gin? i always found vodka to be crap at cleaning CPUs, is gin any better?

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    a bit of white spirit on a Q-tip always works for me.
    Last edited by matt31; 30-11-2003 at 03:04 PM.
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