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Processor cleaning liquid

Discussion in 'CPUs' started by Jay1986, 11 Jul 2006.

  1. Jay1986


    Joined: 28 Jun 2006

    Posts: 45

    Can I buy anything to clean my processor in a local shop or do I have to buy from an online retailer? I need to reset my processor, and clean off the old thermal grease.
  2. cyborg

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 25 May 2004

    Posts: 1,423

    Location: Belfast

    Its called TIM clean, I know that a nationwide electronics store stocks it.
  3. Gibbs

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 22 Jun 2006

    Posts: 1,117

    Location: Belfast

    i use Methylated spirit which works well. not the best i know but its cheap and works well in very little amounts.
  4. Jay1986


    Joined: 28 Jun 2006

    Posts: 45

    Ooh sorry I forgot you can't post about competition on here. I read somewhere you can use lighter fluid. Is this true?
  5. Rokusho


    Joined: 23 May 2005

    Posts: 299

    Location: In my chair

    Yeah pretty much any kind of sprit (not whisky though) can do the job, some much better than others, I believe lighter fluid can do it. But try to get proper cleaning stuff as you are then asured it will work.
  6. Tetras


    Joined: 22 Jun 2006

    Posts: 4,220

  7. Ghuraba

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 1,156

    Location: Leeds

    You can use Isopropyl Alcohol. Electrical shops normally sell it.

  8. Jay1986


    Joined: 28 Jun 2006

    Posts: 45

    Not slagging overclockers off or anything, but I'd have to pay like 8 pounds postage on that. Not worth it if I'm not buying anything else and can buy it just down the road from me.
  9. Gimpmaster3201


    Joined: 23 Jan 2004

    Posts: 106

    Location: UK

    Although it is not usually recommended, I've used nail varnish remover that was lying around the house in the past. Most nail varnish remover is said to contain additives, colourings etc... but I've had no problem using it with this CPU that has been running flawlessly for 1-2 years. If you can't be bothered ordering some TIM online or have some nail varnish remover lying around the house i would give that a try.
  10. MDPlatts

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 4,422

    Location: 2nd City - Manchester.

    fairly liquid works well - but only on robust CPU's - like Athon XP's and S775's and earlier - don't try it with S940/AM2, S939, S754 or S478'ers. Drip it on, add a bit of water, rub with fingers, stick under tap to rinse and dry with kitchen roll and allow to air off for 10-15 mins. I've done it dozens of times in the XP days and since with S775's.
  11. FrankJH


    Joined: 6 Jun 2005

    Posts: 22,581

    ok so what do you use to apply the TIM or alcohol?
  12. Zefan


    Joined: 15 Jan 2006

    Posts: 31,099

    Location: Tosche Station

    Something lint free is best.
  13. Corasik


    Joined: 5 Jan 2003

    Posts: 5,001

    Location: West Midlands

    I've got a bottle of the Akasa tim clean, works very well, while I was on holiday visiting a MMORPG friend in Olso Norway, I added a few fans, and replaced his cpu cooler, as his 3.2 Prescott was 80+ degrees!.

    We popped to the 'local' olso high street computer store, and they had the Arcticlean. Its very good the 2 bottles one cleaner, and one surface preparation. I know what I'll get when my huge bottle of Akasa finally runs out :)

    Both for sale at OcUK
  14. hp7909


    Joined: 8 Jun 2003

    Posts: 4,956

    Yes good old IPA, get it also at any pharmacy :cool:
  15. hyper_piper45


    Joined: 12 Oct 2003

    Posts: 2,703

    Location: Leicester

    I have used lighter fluid before and that worked well.
  16. booyaka


    Joined: 19 Jan 2006

    Posts: 13,892

    agreed - used nail polish remover before and it works just as well! no problems
  17. benjo


    Joined: 4 Sep 2005

    Posts: 12,777

    Location: London

    I found that face cleaning pads worked quite well :p
  18. sachinbadiani


    Joined: 27 Mar 2005

    Posts: 745

    Location: Kent, England

    i've used acetone and cotton buds to clean grease of the processor. Works a treat. Only £1.50 from your local pharmacy.
  19. w3bbo

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 14 Nov 2005

    Posts: 10,661

    Location: Up North

    I used to use nail polish remover and hve lso used TIM cleaner but I have fund IPA to be the best. I clead a HS with TIM cleaner and although it looked clean I then gave it a go with IPA and got more gunk off that I couldn't see.
  20. Iraklis F.C.


    Joined: 16 Nov 2003

    Posts: 6,449

    Location: Thessaloniki

    ethanol is the daddy :D