how to remove excess thermal compound around die?

AG73

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My athlon 1ghz processor has way too much thermal compound goop all over the place. I cleaned off the die really well with alchohol and a q tip, and scooped away as much compound off the area surrounding the die. is that good enough? Should I try to really clean off the rest of the CPU, or is cleaning the die good enough? i cleaned the heatsink well also, and am about to put some arctic silver.
thanks
AG
 

ericboo

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I kept squeezing out too much Artic Silver every time I put the heatsink on, and I found that wiping off as much as possible with a paper towel and then using an eraser gets the extra off.
 

PCComp

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Try a little WD40. Then, use some alcohol to remove the WD40 residue. Works excellent!!!