Removing heat sink glue

June 12, 2009 at 17:43:59
Specs: Windows XP Pro, P4 3.0/2gig
I have rubbing alcohol (recommended from the computer place) to remove the old heat sink glue, my question is does it matter what I use to absorb the alcohol or is paper towel or a q-tip alright to use.

Also what should I use to spread the new heat sink glue on with and does it matter if I put it on the Proc or the heat sink and fan?

Sorry I know that was 3 questions but I appriciate your help.

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June 12, 2009 at 22:19:53
I often use a Q-tip. A clean coffee filter is also often recommended. Usually it is recommended to put a small amount of the thermal paste on the cpu itself, though I have sometimes seen the recommendation to put it on the heat sink(and some HS/F assemblies come with the paste on the heat sink already). I wouldn't put it on both, and DO NOT PUT IT ON THE FAN.

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June 13, 2009 at 05:29:52
Hopefully you're using thermal paste, not thermal "glue". You only need a tiny dab about the size of a grain of rice & you do NOT have to spread it.

Select which CPU you have & follow the instructions:

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June 14, 2009 at 23:10:08
Thanks I used a qtip and it worked great

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