Thursday, 2 April 2015

Install An Intel Processor With A Heat Sink

Building or upgrading a computer can require installing a processor and heat sink on a new motherboard. Installation of an Intel processor and heat sink can be accomplished in a few minutes, without the use of any tools. However, care in handling of the processor must be taken during the installation steps listed, or electro-static discharge can render the processor useless.


1. Ground yourself to avoid any static electricity discharge. Use a ground strap, wear thin disposable rubber gloves or touch a metal surface inside your computer case.

2. Place the motherboard on a flat static free surface. Putting the anti-static motherboard packaging between the board and the flat surface helps protect the board from static electricity discharge damage.

3. Remove the protective pin cover from the processor socket on the motherboard. Release the lever on the side of the socket and raise it until it stops, at an approximate 135-degree angle. Lift the metal flap covering the socket. The socket is now ready to receive the processor.

4. Handling the processor along its edges, identify the corner with a notch in it, and align it with the notched corner on the socket. Remove the protective cover from the bottom of the processor, and lower it into the socket. Be sure to avoid bending any pins on the motherboard. If the processor and socket pins are properly aligned, the processor will be seated in the socket without any application of force.

5. Lower the metal flap, and hold it down lightly, while returning the lever on the side of the socket to its original, closed position. You are now ready to install the heatsink.

6. Remove the plastic cover protecting the thermal paste on the bottom of the heat sink. Place the heat sink over the processor, aligning the four fasteners with the four retention holes surrounding the socket. Be sure the fan power cables are not trapped between the heat sink and motherboard, and the fasteners are pointed straight down. With a finger on top to keep the heat sink from tilting, press down on each of the four fasteners, inserting them into the retention holes. The fastener caps and the base of the heat sink should be flush with the motherboard.

7. Attach the fan power cable to an available connector on your motherboard.

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