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just wondering if there is a problem with cleaning the underside of my thermaright ultra- extreme with water :)
 
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i clean most things with warm water and washing up liquid.. if that dont work i use something "nastier"..
 
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lol :) thx....just dont wanna make sure :) incase i kill my cpu aswell as my mobo :)
 

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Not ideal but it should not hurt anything. Don't use any cleaners that leave a residue. I usually use 90% alcohol and cotton swabs.
 
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Is the "underside" the portion that come in contact with the CPU? Use isopropyl alcohol, or the specialized cleaners that you can buy. Water increases corrosion rates.
 
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Water is also a solvent, that will slightly dissolve and create imperfections on the contact surface. Tap water, and even a lot of commercially filtered drinking waters, contain many mineral impurities, which will leave a residue behind on your cooler.
 
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hmm :) thx...i just need to clean some heat gel thats kinda dried up a little... :)...i think warm water will be ok...maybe a tiny drop of washing up liqid....
emm dose glasses lense cleaner work...it evapurates in like a second..so i guess it will have alot of alcahol in it :):)
 
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Water is also a solvent, that will slightly dissolve and create imperfections on the contact surface. Tap water, and even a lot of commercially filtered drinking waters, contain many mineral impurities, which will leave a residue behind on your cooler.
oh i c...thats what i was afrade of of..maybe il just get the cleaner stuff :)
 

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Generally cleaners that evaporate quickly will cause less corrosion in many metals. However if the cooler base is nickel plated, corrosion is not an issue.
 
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so soapy water corrodes metals hey.. jeesh.. some of u dudes really get carried away with this stuff dont u.. he he..

do u have any special kind of chickens that u sacrifice while doing this cleaning or will any old kind do.. ???

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