Friday, 24 October 2014

Mount A Cpu Bracket

A desktop computer processor requires constant cooling to avoid overheating. Most full-sized computers use a component called a CPU cooler, attached to the motherboard and in direct contact with the CPU. Larger aftermarket coolers or standard coolers for advanced processors are large and require extra bracing to avoid damage to the motherboard. This is achieved with a bracket, which is a metal frame that attaches to the front and back of the motherboard. Installing one should not be attempted by a novice; you'll need experience with computer upgrades to avoid damaging your system.


1. Turn off your computer and remove all power and data cables. Place the computer on a clean, sturdy table. Remove the screws for the left and right access panels from the back of the case with your screwdriver. Slide both panels off and set them aside.

2. Find the CPU socket on your computer's motherboard. If there's already a CPU cooler in place, unplug the three or four-pronged power cable from the motherboard socket near the CPU. Use your screwdriver to loosen the mounting screws and pull the cooler out.

3. Switch to the back side of your computer. Screw the screws -- and the backplate, if your cooler requires it -- into the mounting holes surrounding the CPU socket. Switch sides again and screw the front assembly down. Depending upon the model of your bracket and cooler, you may need to apply pressure to both sides at once; call a friend if you need more hands.

4. Lower the computer so that the CPU faces up. Place a pea-sized drop of thermal paste on the exposed portion of the CPU. Place the CPU cooler on the CPU and screw it into the bracket. Plug the power cord into the same socket you unplugged the previous cooler from in Step 2.

5. Replace the access panels and secure them in place. Put your computer in its regular spot and reconnect all power and data cables. Turn on your computer.

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