gpu remove thermal paste
Excuse me but I need you help me for removing thermal paste from GPU and ram. I want to install a Dissipator on my asus 8800gt graphic card
For the ram I can use a a pensil eraser And It is ok.
For the GPU someone tell me that I can use Alcohol for cleaning home and others tell me that I have to use only a dry cotton cloth and plastic phonecard.
I do not want buy expansive specific liquid as akasa or artic cooling cleaner but I do not want damage on my gpu
first of all, welcome aboard.
secondly, use a q-tip for both, then as pure alcohol as possible. if its a real mess you can 'thow' in a bit of googone, also with the q-tip.
when you install your new cooler, make sure to not apply too much pressure and dont overtighten the screws.
depending on the card, sometimes i put the cooler 'belly up' and then 'lower' the card onto it.
if its a big card, then you do it traditionally
discharge yourself first, always.
use mechanic gloves if you can,helps against zaps
Yep, purest alcohol you can get your hands on, but instead of a cotton cloth you can always use a coffee filter. Many GPU tims are baked on so you may find that you need to soak the tim for a while in order to soften it up.
I used to recommend aerosol electrical cleaners, but I've recently changed that opinion after having problems with certain types of plastic (cheap vid card cooler shrouds), so now I only suggest using them if you've used the specific product before and know that it won't affect plastics.
Cases and Cooling
There you have it. Isopropyl 99% is easy to get from a pharmacy(usually). it's also pretty cheap. Be sure to do this in a well ventilated area with no flames or open sources of heat as most solvents are quite flammable.
I would assume its harder to find in places where cooking drugs is common.
High concentration isopropanol is not necessary. Even 50% will do the job; you'll just need to use more of it. Get the highest concentration you can but don't be worried if you can't get 99%.
I just cleaned off my old 9800 GTX+, the hardest part was taking off the shroud. I just used this Polish Vodka (67%) I had laying around to clean the old paste off. After putting IC Diamond on it I went from 40C idle/66C load to 33C idle/60C load with 90% fan speed. Man there was a lot of furies on that fan shroud lol.
Not sure where the OP is from, but if you are in Alberta, you can buy Everclear. 190 proof, AKA 95% alcohol.
Otherwise, isopropyl is your best bet.
+1 for Q-tips
I use methanol and a shop cloth. $2.50 for a bottle at Home depot. People are so paranoid about cleaning off TIM lol, half the time I just wipe it off.
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