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Old 12-27-2009, 01:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have an Amd phenom 9950 Be with the stock heatsink, stock paste, i was wondering how do i get it to come off?
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idk if i have enough room for this but id like to use it but i have 2 cases a mid tower rosewill wind knight (questionable fitting), and a xcilo fulltower case should fit no problem, but i have a biostar tforce TA790GX Am2+ mobo and cosair xms2 ram,

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835106114

wondering if this is any good, rather go with this if its still effiencent over the corsair
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835233011

would like something cheaper but i want something very cool.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835181010
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103055 also looked at this one
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How do you take the grease off? i just use a paper towel.
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Do you mean how to take the heatsink off or how to take the thermal paste off? For the heatsink, there should be two metal tabs on either side of the sink, try to push one of those tabs down and out of the lip on the plastic mount that's on the motherboard. After that pull the heatsink off. To take the thermal paste off, get some isopropyl alcohol and put a little on either a lint free cloth (like a cloth to wipe off eye glasses), a cutip, or some people just use a papertowel and wipe the paste off of both the processor and the heatsink until both are clean.
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it seems like its stuck on pretty good
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The heatsink? Sometimes the thermal paste creates a suction between the CPU and heatsink, you might have to use a little force to break that suction.
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You can use a air dryer to heat the area up, it can loosen the paste.
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I've used a flathead screwdriver once before, but i wouldn't recommend it
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twist it....breaks the seal. as for the Thermal paste, i use like said alchol ...but i use a coffe filter, seems to work better then paper towels, i pu some on it and rub off the cpu and heatsink
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edge of the credit card/ gift card to scrap it off works well too
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Well, these days I use my "grease" knife, which is dull as you'll ever get. It's great for both applying and removing thermal paste. Just slide it across, and wipe it onto a towel or piece of paper.

Yes, as said above, alcohol works great. Just put some on a paper towel, and dab it onto the paste. Be sure not to get anything on the board wet. I learned my lesson years ago
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