I need to clean the thermal paste off my Athlon CPU. I have read several posts on the board on the best methods for doing this. Apparently i need to use a certain type of cleaner for this, 99% Isopropanol. Can i pick this up from a shop? I know they don't sell it at PC World. Can anyone suggest any shops in the UK where i can get this stuff from?
You only need to clear the excess, a smear is essential to give rapid heat transfer.
If you really want to start from scratch then almost any chemist (called pharmacy these days) will sell what you want.
I had to buy 500ml recently and can't remember what I paid, probably £3.50 or so, and too much anyway. it is a first class cleaner for many surfaces, mainly because it is safe on most plastics, and is the base for the really expensive spectacle cleaner from an optician.