CPU clean up

By kahos_angel
Jan 9, 2006
  1. What is the best, safest way to remove old thermal compound from a cpu core before applying new compound to it?
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Isopropyl alcohol, or 90% rubbing alcohol will clean off old thermal paste.

    Once finished, just make sure the surfaces are dry, before applying new thermal paste.

    Regards Howard :)
  3. luvhuffer

    luvhuffer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 443

    I personally use Denatured Alcohol, as it dries quick without any residual moisture. I get it at the hardware store. Sometimes it is sold as shellac thinner.
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