Friday, 23 January 2015

Install The Intel Pentium 4 2 4 Ghz Processor

Punch up your computer with a Pentium-4 CPU 2.4 GHz upgrade and install.

The Intel Pentium-4 2.4 gigahertz (GHz) processor is a single core processor used in many different mass market computers. Upgrading to the 2.4 GHz Pentium-4 or replacing a current processor takes some time and computer skills, but it is a process you can do yourself with some practice. The Pentium-4 2.4 GHz processor uses a 478 socket so make sure your motherboard supports this prior to attempting the installation procedure.


1. Open your computer tower case if you have installed the motherboard already or simply go to your motherboard if available. You can open your computer tower case by unscrewing the fastening screws, removing the thumbscrews or sliding an access panel open depending on the case style and manufacturer.

2. Disconnect the heat sink fan power cable from the motherboard. Find the two levers on top of the heat sink and push them up. Find one of the clip frame latches on the heat sink. The clip frame latches are the black plastic assembly around the heat sink. There is a latch located at each corner of the heat sink and you can start with any corner latch.

Put a flat head scewdriver in the groove at the corner and slide it down into the latch. Use the screwdriver as a lever to disengage the latch. Repeat this process on the other three clip latches and pull the heatsink carefully off of the processor socket.

3. Locate the central processing unit (CPU) socket. It is a large rectangular socket on your motherboard, located near the middle of the board. Pull the metal retaining lever out to the side and then towards you until it is at a 90-degree angle.

4. Look on the bottom of the processor to find the corner without pins. Line this up with the part of the socket that has no pins and slowly push the new CPU into place. Keep the Intel Pentium-4 processor pushed down with one hand and return the lever to its original position to lock it into place.

5. Squeeze a pea-sized amount of thermal paste on top of the processor. Take special care not to get the thermal compound on any other computer component or yourself.

6. Align the heat sink so the outside retention hooks match up with the slots surrounding the processor socket. Put the heat sink directly on top of the processor. Push on all four corners of the clip mechanism on the heat sink to secure it to the retention frame.

Press the two levers on top of the heat sink closed. Connect the fan on top of the heat sink to a fan header power supply located on the motherboard. This is a set of small pins that provides power to the fan. If you cannot locate the proper pins talk to your motherboard manufacturer. There should be several located on the motherboard.

Tags: heat sink, your motherboard, your computer, clip frame, clip frame latches