[SOLVED] Thermal Paste Application

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I want to clean the dust in, under the CPU fan and its surroundings underneath. To do that, I'll need to take the cpu fan out. Do I have to re-apply thermal paste?
 

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Always, without thermal paste, the cooler is virtually useless. Clean the underside of the heatsink and the processor itself (don't take it out of the socket) with some isopropyl alcohol, then re-apply a dot of thermal paste on the middle of the processor. Once the cooler is clean, place it back and screw it back in with a X-pattern, constantly changing between screws. Don't screw it in too tight.
 
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justquant

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Always, without thermal paste, the cooler is virtually useless. Clean the underside of the heatsink and the processor itself (don't take it out of the socket) with some isopropyl alcohol, then re-apply a dot of thermal paste on the middle of the processor. Once the cooler is clean, place it back and screw it back in with a X-pattern, constantly changing between screws. Don't screw it in too tight.
 
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wm3797

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Apr 7, 2020
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Always, without thermal paste, the cooler is virtually useless. Clean the underside of the heatsink and the processor itself (don't take it out of the socket) with some isopropyl alcohol, then re-apply a dot of thermal paste on the middle of the processor. Once the cooler is clean, place it back and screw it back in with a X-pattern, constantly changing between screws. Don't screw it in too tight.
Can I use water and paper towel or tissue? Isopropyl alcohol is very limited now.
 

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