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Beginners Guide: How To Install/Remove Intel Socket LGA1155 CPU and Heatsink

Beginners Guide: How To Install/Remove Intel Socket LGA1155 CPU and Heatsink  - PCSTATS
Abstract: At PCSTATS we've built hundreds of computer systems while testing different motherboards and CPUs, but haven't ever documented the steps. In this straight forward Beginners Guide PCSTATS will show you all the steps to installing and removing a socket LGA1155 Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processor and heatsink.
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External Mfg. Website: Intel Jun 21 2012   Max Page  
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Inserting the socket LGA1155 CPU the right way

Step 2: Remove the Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processor from its box and plastic clam shell packaging. To take off the protective black plastic chip carrier cover, hold the processor by its corners and release one of the plastic tabs. Be careful not to touch the gold pads on the underside.

Now holding the processor by its sides or corners, look at the bottom. Check for any damage or foreign material on the contacts. Also note the two alignment notches on either side of the processor (pictured below by the white arrows).

These notches are keyed to a pair of plastic extensions pictured below in the LGA1155 socket, ensuring that the processor is oriented only one way.

Holding the processor by the sides without notches, orient the CPU so its notches are lined up with the socket tabs correctly (white arrows). Lower the processor gently and vertically down into the socket, ensuring that it is lowered straight and sits evenly.

Note the two spaces in the socket frame in the image below, this is where your fingers should grip the Intel processor. The space allows you to slowly and gently lower the CPU into the LGA1155 socket. The CPU alignment notches are highlighted next to the white arrows.

It's advisable not to drop the CPU into place, as that may damage the fragile contact pins.

The Intel processor should sit flat in the LGA1155 socket, with the little gold triangle pointing away from the cam lever arm. If the CPU is not flush in the socket, or the tabs are not aligned, remove the CPU and double check the orientation once again. No force is required to get the CPU to sit flat, if you have force it, something is not right.

Next up; Locking the CPU in place.

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Contents of Article: Intel LGA1155
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guide: How To Install/Remove Intel Socket LGA1155 CPU and Heatsink
 Pg 2.  Installing an Intel LGA1155 Processor Safely
 Pg 3.  — Inserting the socket LGA1155 CPU the right way
 Pg 4.  Locking the Processor in Position
 Pg 5.  Installing the CPU Heatsink Correctly
 Pg 6.  Removing Socket LGA1155 heatsinks and processors safely
 Pg 7.  Removing Socket LGA1155 processors safely

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