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Old March 20, 2009, 10:46 PM
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Whenever I have cleaned out thermal paste from my cpu in the past, I used a paper towel, and 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Today I learned, that I was supposed to be using a microfiber cloth, and 99% isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Would what I have done, have caused my CPU any serious damage, or am I alright?
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Old March 20, 2009, 10:50 PM
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You're fine. The 99% is recommended because it dries quicker, and the microfiber because it doesn't leave fluff behind like paper towel can.

I use cotton balls and q-tips myself, with 99% iso.
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oh ok. lol thats a relief!
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You're fine. The 99% is recommended because it dries quicker, and the microfiber because it doesn't leave fluff behind like paper towel can.

I use cotton balls and q-tips myself, with 99% iso.
Seconded, this is pretty much how I do it.
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99% + coffee filters. :)
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Ew, you guys use iso? Paper towels ftw.
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I've always just used brake cleaner. It's got isopropyl and hexane in it. It's meant to not leave a film and I've never seem to have any problem. It's a pressurized can so it cleans in between pins or anywhere it might get. Usually I get it "wet" and leave it a sec, then give it a good blast.
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I've always just used brake cleaner. It's got isopropyl and hexane in it. It's meant to not leave a film and I've never seem to have any problem. It's a pressurized can so it cleans in between pins or anywhere it might get. Usually I get it "wet" and leave it a sec, then give it a good blast.
My only concern with that would be what effect the hexane would have on non-metal components. When I want something aerosol I go with a contact cleaner (electrical cleaner) which allows me to give something a good soaking without worrying about plastic / rubber components.
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I use a three step process. First I blast the old TIM with aerosol contact cleaner, then rub off any remaining TIM with a q-tip soaked with contact cleaner. Next I wipe the chip with a new q-tip soaked with isopropyl 99.9%. Final step is to hit the chip with a blast of canned air to make sure there is no fibers anywhere. I tend to error on the over-kill side. :D
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I use acetone and an old t-shirt and have for years.
Caned air after to remove dust if any.
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