Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Remove A Processor From A Motherboard

The processor, or CPU (central processing unit), is the brain of a computer, responsible for carrying out the calculations that allow a computer to function. The processor is one of the more expensive components of a computer and is therefore somewhat less economical to upgrade than cheaper parts like disk drives, hard drives and RAM. Still, being able to remove a CPU can be useful, both for upgrading or moving a CPU from one computer to another.


1. Power off the computer and unplug the cords.

2. Open the computer case with a screwdriver. Set the computer down on its side, so that that the motherboard is easier to see.

3. Unscrew, and unfasten the heat sink and fan. With the computer open, you will notice a large fan attached to the motherboard on top of a network of metal fins called the heat sink. This is the CPU fan, which is located directly above the processor. Fans and heat sinks differ somewhat in how they are fastened, but most require either a few screws to be taken out, or some securing clips to be opened.

4. Take the fan and heat sink out and set them aside.

5. Release the CPU locking mechanism. Now you should see the square shaped CPU, which will be held in place by a plastic or metal locking level. Pull the lever up to unlock the CPU

6. Remove the processor. With the locking level open, pinch the CPU with the thumb and forefinger and and remove it from its slot.

Tags: heat sink, locking level