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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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Removing Socket LGA1156 processors safely

To remove the Intel socket LGA1156 processor, first release the socket lever cam arm by pressing it down and away from the catch, then lifting back to disengage the top metal load plate until it hangs loose.

Release the socket lever cam arm.

To pick up the processor, gently grasp it by the edges with your thumb and forefinger. There are two gaps in the plastic walls of the LGA1156 socket that give enough clearance for this.

Lift the processor vertically out of the socket and place it back in its plastic protective cover.

Grab some paper towel and wipe the thermal compound off the surface of the processor. Always apply fresh thermal compound when installing a heatsink and always wipe off old thermal compound immediately.

If you are not installing a new LGA1156 CPU right away, replace the plastic protective cover back over the socket and close the metal load plate. Then lock it back into place with the lever. You're done!

What's the Best Socket LGA1156 Heatsink?

Our sister site Frostytech.com has some good recommendations on the best Intel Core i3/i5/i7 compatible LGA1156 heatsinks, have at Frostytech's Top 5 Heatsinks chart if you're looking to upgrade your CPU cooler.

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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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