It's good habit to always apply fresh thermal
compound when installing a heatsink and wipe off old thermal compound
immediately. The stuff is messy and hard to clean
out of clothing, so wipe your hands off on paper towel thoroughly.
It's much easier to wipe the chip clean while it's held by the socket, so grab some paper towel and wipe the
thermal compound off the surface of the AMD socket FM1 processor now.
To remove the AMD socket FM1
processor, unlock the socket by lifting up the metal socket cam lever 90 degrees.
There are markings on the corner of the
FM1 socket to indicate locked and unlocked positions, should you be unsure.
Hold the processor by its edges with your
thumb and forefinger and lift the CPU vertically out of the socket.
place the processor back in the chip carrier that
came with the CPU box or onto a piece of antistatic foam.
Close the metal socket cam lever arm, and you're done! The motherboard should go
back into it's antistatic bag if it's been removed from the case.
The steps outlined in this PCSTATS DIY Guide work for both AMD socket FM1
and AMD socket AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+ processors.
What's the Best Socket FM1 Heatsink?
Our sister site Frostytech.com has some good recommendations on the best
AMD compatible heatsinks, have at Frostytech's Top 5 Heatsinks chart if
you're looking to upgrade your CPU cooler.
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