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Beginners Guide: How To Install/Remove AMD Socket FM1 CPU and Heatsink

Beginners Guide: How To Install/Remove AMD Socket FM1 CPU and Heatsink - PCSTATS
Abstract: We thought we'd run off a quick DIY Guide illustrating the procedure for installing a socket FM1 AMD processor for the benefit of our readers. If you are planning on building a AMD based computer anytime soon, bookmark this PCSTATS Guide now.
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Uninstalling Socket FM1 Heatsinks and Processors Safely

Lay your computer case down flat so that the motherboard and heatsink are facing you. Unplug the heatsink fan power cable and unlock the heatsink cam lever arm by rotating it 180 degrees. This will remove the clamping force and allow you to unhook the metal clips from the plastic heatsink retention cage tabs.

Using your fingers, unhook both of the heatsinks' metal clips from the motherboard heatsink retention cage. There is one metal clip on each side of the heatsink.

To remove the heatsink, DO NOT simply pull straight up with a great amount of force. Doing this will probably pull the CPU from the FM1 socket forcefully and bend a whole row of electrical pins in the process.

To safely remove the heatsink we must weaken the thermal compound bond between the heatsink and CPU a little. The thermal compound has the viscosity of peanut butter so there will be a bit of resistance due to surface tension between the two compressed, flat surfaces.

The easiest way to separate a heatsink from an AMD processor is to slightly twist the heatsink repeatedly back and forth while pulling up towards one side of the heatsink only. This will gradually break the surface tension of the thermal compound by allowing air to be introduced along one side of the joint, at which point the heatsink will lift free without too much effort.

Set the heatsink aside upside down and find a bit of paper towel to clean off the old thermal compound.

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Contents of Article: AMD A8-3850
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guide: How To Install/Remove AMD Socket FM1 CPU and Heatsink
 Pg 2.  Installing an FM1 Processor Safely
 Pg 3.  Inserting the socket FM1 CPU Correctly
 Pg 4.  Installing the Socket FM1 Heatsink
 Pg 5.  Connecting the Heatsink Fan Power Cable
 Pg 6.  — Uninstalling Socket FM1 Heatsinks and Processors Safely
 Pg 7.  Cleaning Thermal Compound

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