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Sempron64 & heatsink cleaning query - urgent

Discussion in 'CPUs' started by clemenzina, 3 May 2006.

  1. clemenzina


    Joined: 12 Apr 2006

    Posts: 27

    New CPU with AMD heatsink/fan. I put it on a duff motherboard so it had to come off and I'm about to put it on another mobo.

    I couldn't take off the SempronCPU+HSF "in one piece" because the lever to remove the CPU is tucked away under the heatsink, so they had to come off separately. I read Arctic Silver's instructions and bought acetone to clean the existing thermal compound off both items, but now that I'm about to re-paste (with much trepidation, have never done it before) I've read the instructions right thru to the end and it says:

    "If you use acetone to clean, finish off with isopropyl alcohol"...

    which I don't have. Do I have to? It will delay me considerably :(

  2. welshtom


    Joined: 17 Aug 2004

    Posts: 3,463

    Location: Pencoed

    no not at all.

    Just use a tissue. I have done it millions of times.

  3. clemenzina


    Joined: 12 Apr 2006

    Posts: 27

    Thanks {{{{Tom}}}}

  4. Minstadave


    Joined: 8 Jan 2004

    Posts: 27,745

    Location: Rutland

    Same here, none of this alochol/TIM cleaner nonsense.
  5. w3bbo

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    Joined: 14 Nov 2005

    Posts: 10,663

    Location: Up North

    You don't HAVE TO use Isopropyl but I would recommend it for best results. I used acetone (nail varnish remover) for years and while it does an 'ok' job of removing old paste it dosn't get it all off. It might look clean but if you give it another go with isopropyl you won't belive the extra crap it gets off. If you want the very best temps then use it, thats why AS recommend it. You will however be fine without it though so don't worry too much about it. Golden rule for applying the paste is 'less is more'.
  6. jdc


    Joined: 16 Sep 2003

    Posts: 190

    Location: Location, Location (Berks)

    Pure acetone is ok - but if it's nail varnish remover it has additives and oils that leave a residue, hence the final pass with alcohol. At a pinch vodka will do instead of isopropyl - though it does seem a terrible waste :p
  7. welshtom


    Joined: 17 Aug 2004

    Posts: 3,463

    Location: Pencoed

    I dont have anything left on my cpu's after using tissue.

    No need for all this cleaning solution nonsense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!