How do you clean the thermal paste on the CPU?

jincuteguy

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Im planning to buy a Zalman 9500LED cpu cooler but I have one question before i go and buy it. Right now I have the Intel stock heatsink/fan from the E6750. So if i take out the Intel stock one, the thermalpaste will be left over on the cpu. I heard a lot of ppl say use the nail polish to clean it but will it damage the CPU? Cause I thought any water that touches the CPU will damage it? or?
 

Evilonigiri

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Rubbing alcohol will evaporate real quick like, so you don't need to worry. Use a 100% lint free cloth (like 100% cotton) so that lint doesn't get on the cpu which will decrease surface area and so on. Clean both the cpu and the heatsink properly before applying new paste.
 

bobbknight

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I just wipe it off with a paper towel, there is no need to get all anti-septic on it.
But if you have something that needs a bit more strength use 90% Isopropyl.
 

ziegemon

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The artic clean 1 + 2 combo works pretty good, but it's a bit more expensive than rubbing alcohol, which works fine also.
 

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