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Thread: Heatsink/cpu cleaning help

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    Darth Sushi's Avatar Sushi Lord
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    I planning to replace my AMD64 Heatsink and fan because the stock fan (70mm) is just too loud. I going to replace is with an 80mm (or 92mm) fan as well as the heatsink. Can anyone suggest a proceedure on removing that sticky paste before I apply Artic Silver on the CPU? Can anyone suggest a solvent preferably non-toxic?

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    rubbing alcohol is what most use.

    i found that lighter fluid takes the paste off WAYYYYY better, but i'm not entirely sure if that's safe to use.
    i just do another quick wipe to get all of the lighter fluid off after removing the old paste.

    Use a q-tip.
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    Use your fingernail to remove what you can. I use an electronics cleaner that comes in a spray can. I don't spray directly on the parts but onto a Q-tip and it works perfectly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Virtualbody1234
    Use your fingernail to remove what you can. I use an electronics cleaner that comes in a spray can. I don't spray directly on the parts but onto a Q-tip and it works perfectly.
    That sounds good. Video head cleaner fluid sounds safe.

    Thanks for all the suggestions

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    Video head cleaner doesn't work as well as the cleaner I mentioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Virtualbody1234
    Video head cleaner doesn't work as well as the cleaner I mentioned.
    Thanks for pointing that out. I thought it was the same thing.

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    Video head cleaner and rubbing alcohol is the same shit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Virtualbody1234
    Use your fingernail to remove what you can. I use an electronics cleaner that comes in a spray can. I don't spray directly on the parts but onto a Q-tip and it works perfectly.
    are you refering to contact cleaner by chance

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    electrical parts cleaner/contact cleaner like VB said
    its non-conductive, which is a pretty good idea
    but i think its kinda semi-corrosive (some brands) so you cant spray it on plastics
    the q-tip thing is a good idea

    used alcohol before, it works, and it evaporates, which is good
    the parts/contact cleaner doesnt if i remember right
    (i havent touched none of that stuff for months)

    i usually just use a plain old shop rag to wipe the stuff off
    cant be fkd hunting down the alcohol or goin to the store for cleaner
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