Before install freezer xtreme cpu fan should i clean off existing thermal grease

cmparness

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I purchased a Freezer xtreme rev.2 cpu cooler. It came with thermal grease already applied. Before installing should I clean the existing thermal grease off the cpu?
 

edyn

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Yes but i recommend being extra-careful. Remember that any static could end your cpu's life, and any damage on the underneath connectors could make it unusable. Also avoid having grease ending up on sides or under the cpu, obviously.

I have not tried with alcohol yet, I usually just grav the softest tissue i can find arround.
 

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