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Old May 19, 2008, 04:43 AM
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Default Thermal Compound Removal Help

I'm going to be removing the thermal compound off my CPU and Chipsets to re-apply a better thermal compound and install better heatsinks.

I would like to make sure the process goes smoothly as possible, so I would appreciate if someone could post tips or help on the process.

I bought Artic Clean to remove the thermal compound. Is it ok to use q-tips to remove the thermal compound after applying Artic Clean? And could Artic Clean ruin a chip if it runs off the side of the chip and onto the other side of the chip?

Also whats the best method of applying a perfect layer of thermal compound on CPU's and Chipsets? Some web sites suggest applying a pea size amount of thermal compound to the centre of the CPU or Chipset and mount the heatsink. Others suggest you apply a pea size amount of thermal compound to the centre of the CPU or Chipset and then use a credit card to spread the compound evenly on the chip. Whats the best method for applying a perfect layer of compound?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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