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Old 07-24-2008, 12:53 PM   #1
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Default Can I reuse a cpu heatsink/fan

I put too much thermal compound on my processor so can I reuse my thermaltake heatsink and fan and how should I clean the heatsink from the thermalcompund?
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Old 07-24-2008, 12:56 PM   #2
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I put too much thermal compound on my processor so can I reuse my thermaltake heatsink and fan and how should I clean the heatsink from the thermalcompund?
yes, I just use a rag and isopropyl alcohol, and sometimes a q-tip to get in some hard to reach places also...
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Default Re: Can I reuse a cpu heatsink/fan

What he said. As long as you clean the surface that touches the cpu/thermal paste thoroughly with alcohol. Once the surface is completely dry and shiny, the heatsink is ready to go.

EDIT: Be sure to reapply the correct amount of thermal paste to the heatsink before attaching the heatsink to the CPU. A rule of thumb is a drop the size of a B.B.
Here is an example on an GPU:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Thermalgrease.jpg
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Default Re: Can I reuse a cpu heatsink/fan

or if you dont like those ideas
then if you used AC Thermal Paste
they make a cleander specificly made to remove any traces of the paste from the cpu
i guess it just depends on what you want to do
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