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Old 02-18-2005, 11:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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is it hard to install a new cpu into an exisiting computer? i heard u just pop the old one out and put in the new one, thats it? is that true? of course the cpu has to be compatible-

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Old 02-18-2005, 11:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Just gotta make sure you safely remove the heatsink.

Lift the lever on the CPU socket, pull it out, make sure your pins are lined up, and drop in the new one. They have whats called 'ZIF' technology meaning Zero Insertion Force so it should simply drop right in. Lower the lever, reseat the heatsink making sure not to crush the CPU core of course and to properly apply thermal compound.

DO NOT put thermal compound on a CPU with a heatsink that has a pre-existing thermal pad though. If you are using the same heatsink I'd suggest you use 99% isopropyl alcohol and the edge of a credit card to remove the pade without scratching up your heatsink bottom.

Then get some decent compound, AS5 is the best pretty much but of course more expensive than common crap, spread a nice thin layer on the core

If the CPU has a heatspreader then you put a drop in the middle about BB sized, put on the heatsink, give it a twist about 1 degree in each direction (mind you 1 degree is BARELY moving it at all) and seat it

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Old 02-19-2005, 03:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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yes, as long as your mobo supports it. And do what nubius said to physically remove and replace the cpu.
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