Re: Advice changing CPU cooler
yeah, use isopropyl alcohol (the purer the better) to clean off the old thermal paste.
and yes, you won't need to remove the motherboard, the push pins allow you to use the holes already drilled in the motherboard.
just add a rice sized drop to the processor in the future in the center. for a quad core you might want to move to a pea size or maybe a line?
the silver plate you speak of is actually I think aluminum? Anyways... your obviously not cleaning the chip itself... but lol yes clean the plate.
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