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Removing artic silver

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Removing artic silver

Please could someone advise me of the best way to remove Artic Silver (Thermal Paste) from a processor and heatsink.

I have seen cleaning products at overclockers.com but spending £12.00 for a full bottle isn't economical. Is there any other product I can buy that is safe and does the same job.

Thanks for your help. Wink
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Go to your local chemist and ask for Isopropyl alcohol.

Here is a search I did on Ebay: http://search.ebay.co.uk/Isopropyl-alcohol_W0QQfromZR8QQfsooZ1QQfsopZ3QQsbrsrtZd have a look.

Laters
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I have always used Nail Varnish REMOVER lol, keyword being remover.

Ps. its not mine, honest Smiley

Although you can use white spirits, or anything similar. Most people buy stuff like articlean etc when they really want to clean it good, have too much money and/or are worried about it breaking the CPU.

If you are one of the above, here is the link:

http://www.quietpc.com/gb-en-gbp/products/intelcooling/acl60

Just use cotton swobs, like make-up swobs or paper towel etc. You can probably remove most without any sort of fluid. I know I only ever need fluid for the heatsink and thats to really make it shine before seating it onto the CPU.

I mean using artic silver or anything similar only makes between 2-5c difference depending on what was used before . I cant see how 1-2c difference by giving it the best clean ever would make much difference. So no I have never bought *professional* tools to clean anything in/on my computer lol.

I would just use paper towels on the CPU and nail varnish remover on the heatsink. Leave 30 minutes for them to dry and you should be alright. If you want to lower temps consider a new CPU cooler rather than cleaning, re-cleaning, re-applying thinner blah blah etc lol. Obviously if your cleaning it to sell it on ignore this hehe Wink
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The problem with using nail varnish remover for this is that it may contain oils, which is bads news for heat transference - even the oil from your finger tips will reduce efficiency. If you're just going to re-apply the AS5 then a good wipe with a clean cloth is enough as you are just effectively pushing it deeper into the microscopic pits, thus increasing surface area contact upon re-application - sad but true.


*edit* I just found this - http://www.arcticsilver.com/arctic_silver_instructions.htm
holdtight
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Registered: 15-06-2007

Removing artic silver

I swear by surgical spirit it works a treat its dead cheap and any residue left over evaporates very quickly leaving a very clean finish
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Thanks for that barber

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/product.php?sku=803698

Looks pretty cheap too!
jagger
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Registered: 25-06-2007

Removing artic silver

I use methylated spirit.

But it tastes horrid. Tongue
holdtight
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Registered: 15-06-2007

Removing artic silver

I think you might be doing something wrong are you licking it clean Wink
jagger
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Registered: 25-06-2007

Removing artic silver

lmao Cheesy

Should I stop doing that? :roll:
The_10th
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Registered: 08-04-2007

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Quote
I have always used Nail Varnish REMOVER lol, keyword being remover.

Ps. its not mine, honest Smiley

:lol: Used same remark myself shortly (very shortly) after buying it - ahem!!


I have used this or Isoclene. Best to use lint free wipes if possible. Kitchen towel works ok too. Good luck!!