Thermal paste removal is an important process that every PC builder should know. It’s a must-do if you are installing a new CPU cooler or simply replacing old thermal paste that has dried out. Leaving the old thermal paste on the processor will cause the new paste to be ineffective and your computer will not be as efficient at heat transfer.
Before you begin, make sure that the computer is turned off and that all devices are unplugged from it. This will ensure that you do not accidentally cause any damage to the components while cleaning or reapplying the thermal paste. Next, choose a clean workspace where you can work without worrying about dust or other debris falling into the computer.
If you have an AMD CPU, it may be a good idea to let it warm up for a while before you start the process of cleaning the CPU. This will help to soften the old thermal paste and make it easier to remove from the CPU socket.
The best way to remove the old thermal paste from a CPU is to use isopropyl alcohol, commonly known as rubbing alcohol. You can find this at most medical and utility stores and it is very cheap. A small amount of rubbing alcohol will go a long way in terms of cleaning the old thermal paste from both the CPU and the CPU cooler. If you are not comfortable using rubbing alcohol, there are dedicated thermal paste cleaner wipes that can be found at most PC stores. They can make the job a lot easier and will not contaminate your computer with any chemicals or oils.