I built my PC using the heatsink that came in the retail packaging with the CPU (an Intel Core 2 Quad), which had pre-applied thermal compound. I finally got fed up with the noise that thing makes so I'm about to replace the HSF assembly with a specialist cooler.
The question is: Is removing the pre-applied thermal compound any different from removing the thermal paste that you apply yourself? i.e. will it just wipe off or will I need some kind of chemical to remove it?