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What do you use to wash your heatsinks with?

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  1. de.das.dude

    de.das.dude Pro Indian Modder

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    Generally i use normal clothes detergent. I tried the dishwashing stuff, but it seems to leave some kind of white residue on the aluminium of the heatsink


    So what do you use?
     
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    If you are using any more than air, you probably need to do maintenance more often. Unless you are talking about the heatsink contact, then I use a very small amount of dishsoap with hot water.
     
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    lyndonguitar I play games

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    I use air, imo its enough, if you want to use liquid i suggest using some Isopropyl alcohol with a brush
     
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    If it's gunked up with sludge from a nasty air environment, I use dish soap. Say for situations with weird pet dust goo or smoker homes. I've also seen corrosion/tarnishing from situations like strange sulfur air issues in basements but this is a real bitch to clean up.
     
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    Heh, when I have to clean a smokers hs, I remove all plastic parts, and use a commercial degreaser... only thing that works. Clean as a whistle after!
     
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    I like the citrus cleaners for the worst messes but they have to be followed up by dish soap because they leave residue. But I happily accept that instead of using stuff like Xylene.
     
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    For dust, I use this:

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    For thermal compund I use this:

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    Googone here. I spray it down and let it sit for about 5 minutes then I rinse down in the sink then let it sit to dry.
     
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    Isopropyl doesn't always take off heatsink compounds. Waxes for example. GooGone Citrus and then Isopropyl.
     
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    True that, though I've been using AS5 for years and alcohol cuts it quite well. Also has worked well on just about every stock TIM I've used it on.
     
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    Yup. Especially that pink crap they use to use on a lot of motherboard heatsinks. While alcohol would eventually take it off it was 50 times faster to use Googone or even WD40, then clean it a second time with alcohol.
     
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    He lives in a very industrial area of India. The build up can be rough no matter how clean he keeps it. Honestly its out of his hands. When I was in Pakistan years ago I saw people scrubbing car radiators once a week because of pollution in the air. I can only guess what India must be like.

    DD. Use rubbing alcohol.
     
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    de.das.dude Pro Indian Modder

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    let me show how bad it is:-

    cleaned two days ago :(
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    there is an ongoing underground meto construction in the neighborhood. :(
     
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    In two days it got dirty like this? Can you imagine all the shit you inhale?
     
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    de.das.dude Pro Indian Modder

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    yup. i have a perpetual nose block.
     
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    Welcome to central Asia.

    DDD get some pantie hose and stretch it over your tower. No joke. It works like a charm.
     
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    Wow man, get yourself a HEPA filter! That's not healthy and who knows what's in the construction dust.
     
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    Oh please, the only thing more resilient than an Indian is a cockroach. Not even nukes can stop their immune systems.
     
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    Wow. It takes me about a week to get that bad without my air filter in the background. About 3 weeks with it on.
     
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    I always only clean my PC with quite usual 1800W Electrolux vacuum cleaner. Meaning i don't spread the dust all over my room, i don't use any solvents and it does the job just fine. Plus i don't have to wreck the PC apart just to clean it.
     
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    Lol. Very True. The moment you move to this place so called USA even the smell of a rose your system can't take it.:roll:
     
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    Cleaning your room as often as you clean your PC will no doubt clear up some of this crap.... and keeping your door/windows closed. :laugh:


    If that fails, you can always do the American thing and sue someone. :roll:
     
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    Goo Gone on a rag. Then I use a dry rag to make it dry.
     
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    vacuum cleaner :)
     
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    lol. not a single cockroach in our house though :) we are very clean. infact most of the dust is from when my mom dusts the curtains and stuff everyday.
     

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