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Windows 7: Cleaning heat sink

18 Nov 2015   #1
cabinboy

Windows 7 32 bit home premium
 
 
Cleaning heat sink

Is it ok to clean between the heat sink fins using a small artists paintbrush (natural animal hair type), I usually use a compressed air can but I notice there is still a fine dust layer left behind. I know not to use nylon etc brushes because of the static but is static a problem for just between the sink fins.


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18 Nov 2015   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

If the heat sink is still attached to the cpu; yes static can be a problem.
They do make static free brushes for just such a job.

I would recommend removing the heat sink and then clean it.
It would also be a good time to clean and replace the thermal compound between the heat sink and the cpu.
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18 Nov 2015   #3
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Which cpu cooler do you have ?
I have with a cheapo stock cooler used a horse hair paint brush worked okay.
I believe the paint brush cost more than the cheapo cpu cooler
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19 Nov 2015   #4
cabinboy

Windows 7 32 bit home premium
 
 

Oh I didn't realise the heat sink could be detached, I thought it came with the chip attached. Does it unclip as I am always a bit wary of going near the motherboard.
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19 Nov 2015   #5
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 



A little better one :/
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19 Nov 2015   #6
cabinboy

Windows 7 32 bit home premium
 
 

Thanks for all the help, it has helped a lot
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19 Nov 2015   #7
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Neither one of those videos were very good but will give you an idea of what is involved good heads up on what not to do too

Most fans will be screwed on and removable without removing the heat sink
But if it's not it might be time to upgrade it to a better model now without messing with the factory stock one

Heck take a photo of it and post it here if you want too
Plus fill in your system spec's page too with the link above my signature.
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