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Old 01-09-2007, 12:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, my brother's fan and heatsink on his computer recently died and he's been using a desk fan to keep it running ghetto style. So I was going to buy him a new fan and heatsink, but I've never replaced one before!

His computer is Socket A and kind of old, so I was just going to buy a cheaper one.

My question is, when I take his old one off, will I need to clean the old thermal paste or whatever was used off? Is there anything that I should or should *not* used to do this?

Anything else I should know?
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Old 01-09-2007, 12:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I suggest you buy a new thermal paste with the new heatink.Clean the old thermal paste and apply some of the new thermal paste and then install the new heatsink..
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An old plastic card (credit card, ID, etc.) is great for spreading the new thermal paste on there.
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I suggest you buy a new thermal paste with the new heatink.Clean the old thermal paste and apply some of the new thermal paste and then install the new heatsink..
Haha, yeah, I just reread what I wrote and realized I wasn't totally clear.

I meant, do I clean the old thermal paste off with water or something so I can put new thermal paste on.

A friend suggested windex... but he's one of those friends that would like to think he knows more than he actually does.
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OMFG windex!! LOL, no. Use isopropyl alcohol and a cotton swab to get rid of unwated thermal paste.
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LOL Windex. Suure, if you wanna see right through it !


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