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Beginners Guide: Install/Remove Intel Socket LGA1156 CPU and Heatsink

Beginners Guide: Install/Remove Intel Socket LGA1156 CPU and Heatsink - PCSTATS
Abstract: Installing a socket LGA1156 Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processor into a fresh motherboard as part of a new PC build can be intimidating step, particularly if you've never worked inside a computer before. PCSTATS received a few emails from novice readers on this subject, so we thought it worthwhile to lay out the steps for you in this Beginners Guide.
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Inserting the socket LGA1156 CPU the right way

Step 2: Remove the Intel 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 look at the bottom of the processor. Check for any damage or foreign material on the contacts. Also note the two alignment notches on either side of the processor (highlighted below by white arrows).

The notches are keyed to a pair of plastic tabs in the LGA1156 socket, ensuring that the processor will only seat properly in one direction.

Hold the processor by the sides without notches. Orient the chip so the notches are lined up with the socket tabs and lower the processor straight down into the socket gently, ensuring that it sits evenly. Note the two spaces in the grey plastic socket frame in the image below, this is where your fingers should grip the Intel processor as there isn't adequate clearance on the other sides.

Processor alignment notches are highlighted by the white arrows.

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

The Intel processor should sit flat in the LGA1156 socket, with the little gold triangle in the corner opposite 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 is correct. No force is required to install the CPU in the socket - if you have to force the chip, something is incorrect.

Next - Locking the CPU in place.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS Beginners Guide
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guide: Install/Remove Intel Socket LGA1156 CPU and Heatsink
 Pg 2.  Step 1: Installing an Intel LGA1156 CPU
 Pg 3.  — Inserting the socket LGA1156 CPU the right way
 Pg 4.  Locking the Processor in Position
 Pg 5.  Installing an Intel CPU Heatsink
 Pg 6.  Removing Socket LGA1156 heatsinks and processors safely
 Pg 7.  Removing Socket LGA1156 processors safely

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