Originally posted by KingAustin
Well, you can, but you probably don't want to Lesson learned the hard way.
HA! Nice, that sucks.
I advice against the thermal pad, as do most people. Granted, it gets the job done, just not as good as some other things. Get some Arctic Silver 5, it is worth the $12, as it does lower your temps 10-15%. I dont think [i]ISOPROPYL[i] rubbing alcohol is going to be enough to take off that pad, you have to use something slightly abrasive to take it off. Just get a brillo pad and scrub it off with that. Dont use too much pressure, and make sure you go in the same direction.
EDIT: Someone is going to yell at me for saying that, but that pad isnt really the easiest thing to take off. I just used a flathead screwdriver and was very careful, lapped the heatsink a little bit afterward, and used a little bit more AS5 than I usually would. Say 2 grains of rice worth rather than a grain and a half. Thats what I would do. To tell you the truth, if you arent overclocking, than that pad is enough to work, so dont even spend the money for the AS5.