How to clean up TIM residue on the CPU?

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  1. Saeid

    Saeid Ancient Guru

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    Hey there,
    I just took my computer apart, and i had to remove the heatsink-fan from my cpu, and i was left with the TIM residue on the CPU and the heatsink-fan.

    What is the safest way to clean up the residue? I have heard of rubbing alcohal (medical alcohal which is 99%) and Acetone (the nail polish remover).

    Thanks.
     
  2. shodai

    shodai Ancient Guru

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    rubbing alcohol and a microfiber cloth. i use a paper towel to get most of it off then 'polish' it a bit with a microfiber cloth.
     
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    scoutingwraith Ancient Guru

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    If you can get your hands on Isopropyl (alcohol with 50% + ) it gets the job done.
     
  4. Andrés

    Andrés Ancient Guru

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    I you are cleaning metallic parts like the bottom of the heatsink or the heat spreader of the CPU (the metallic top), standard alcohol can be used. For other parts like contacts and plastic components, isopropyl alcohol suits better because it won't damage them.

    Btw, nice processor you have ;)

    Andrés
     

  5. Alkali

    Alkali Master Guru

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    I've got some TIM cleaner. Its made by Antec I think (at work so cant check).

    I believe its got citric acid in it among other elements, so I guess lemon juice would work if you cant get hold of any chemicals.
     

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