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Windows 7: How do you clean CPU thermal paste off the cpu????

06 Nov 2009   #31
Gamer1238

Windows 7 Professional (64 Bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by vram View Post
U use Goo Gone to remove the thermal paste and then clean the CPU, heatsink and fan with alcohol to to neutralize the Goo Gone (its greasy). If you try this, DO NOT soak the CPU in Goo Gone, just use a little bit and gently wipe it off a bit at a time till its clean. Go over everything several times with the alcohol to make sure its all clean. Also, make sure not to touch the cpu or the bottom of the heatsink once its clean as the natural oils on your fingers will contaminate the surface. Being your first attempt at this, I would take it to someone with experience or at at least get them to oversee you doing it.
awesome thanks for that Vram.... you guys totally rock with the info i am getting


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06 Nov 2009   #32
Gilly

 

simplist way is just use a firm piece of kitchen roll
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06 Nov 2009   #33
Gamer1238

Windows 7 Professional (64 Bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gilly View Post
simplist way is just use a firm piece of kitchen roll
hmmm ok thank you Gilly
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06 Nov 2009   #34
jasjeet

Windows 7 x64 RTM
 
 

I used ArctiClean by Arctic Silver to clean the Thermal paste off, then used Arctic Cooling MX-2 for the new compound. Idle at 30*C, Load at 60*c (Prime95) and general usage like gaming it gets to about 50*c. Q6600 OC'd to 3.4Ghz. Ambient is 21*c.

Dont buy an anti static wrist strap or anything. Just leave the Power supply cable connected, but turn the switches off. Then touch the unpainted part of your case to remove static/earth yourself.

Then do what you need.

Also at what load do you face 65*c? Whats the ambient/room temp?
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06 Nov 2009   #35
Frank80

vista, windows 7
 
 

i used Vodka the last time i cleaned my cpu
only problem was that there was a lot remaining in the bottle
*some for the food and some for the cook*

but worked like a charm.
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06 Nov 2009   #36
patio

Vista Ultimate X64/ Windows 7 Dual-boot
 
 

Arctic Silver, Inc. - Instructions

Best Instructions i've used...
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06 Nov 2009   #37
niteowl2k

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
thermal grease

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You don't really need anything substance to clean the cpu. Use a paper towel and q tips. Lap it carefully after if you want to be extra nice.
This is accurate. Slow and easy is the method - using paper towels and a lot of patience gets the job done. Just be sure to not bend any pins!

Oh, and WD-40 works very well to get grease off your hands afterwards. I would NOT recommend it to use on the CPU, though.
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06 Nov 2009   #38
Gamer1238

Windows 7 Professional (64 Bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jasjeet View Post
I used ArctiClean by Arctic Silver to clean the Thermal paste off, then used Arctic Cooling MX-2 for the new compound. Idle at 30*C, Load at 60*c (Prime95) and general usage like gaming it gets to about 50*c. Q6600 OC'd to 3.4Ghz. Ambient is 21*c.

Dont buy an anti static wrist strap or anything. Just leave the Power supply cable connected, but turn the switches off. Then touch the unpainted part of your case to remove static/earth yourself.

Then do what you need.

Also at what load do you face 65*c? Whats the ambient/room temp?
air temp would be able 18 to 20*c or there abouts
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08 Nov 2009   #39
Gamer1238

Windows 7 Professional (64 Bit)
 
 

I bow down to all who have posted thank you so very much, you are the best forum tech group cheers all

Gamer1238
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09 Nov 2009   #40
Prefontaine

Windows7
 
 

I used MEK, available at lowes, or acetone, which is basically fingernailpolish remover. Both are basically fingernailpolishremover. MEK evaporates much quicker and I like it. Not really-- terrible fumes. But I think it's safe to use. I've done it on 1 build to remove thermal tape, and just recently I did it on this computer because I needed to take the heatsink off to clean out the dust. So I figured I would redo the grease. Use a rag at first then ear swabs like someone mentioned, get some compressed air too, so you can blow off any small particles you may of gotten on the cpu surface while you were handling it.
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