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Removing Thermal paste ?


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#1 apexshay

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 05:06 AM

I will be removing the stock cooler off my pc in order to fit on my Noctua cooler , is it good to use pure isproypl alchol? and also what cotton swabs should I use?

 

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 06:04 AM

Use a lint free cloth vice a cotton swab.



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Posted 09 July 2014 - 06:14 AM

ok cool and generally when you work inside a computer , you must ground yourself ... is it sufficient to simply touch your pc case with everything unplugged to ground yourself before working on the pc? 



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Posted 10 July 2014 - 05:43 PM

As Elf-bane says, use a lint free cloth. If you can't lay your hands on one just make sure there are no bits of fluff sticking to the surfaces when you have finished cleaning. Iso-propyl alchohol is the ideal cleaning substance but if you haven't got any, methylated spirit (methanol) will do almost as well.

 

You may fine that there is a thin gasket between the heat sink and the CPU. These are made - I think - of neoprene and if there is one ideally you should replace it with a new one. So long as it isn't torn you can re-use it, but you need to clean both sides carefully. Then apply a thin even smear of paste to both sides of the gasket, re-position it and clamp the heatsink down on top of it. In this case, you apply the paste to both sides of the gasket and not to either the CPU or the bottom of the heatsink.

 

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