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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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Installing an Intel CPU Heatsink

Lay the computer case flat with the motherboard and processor facing you. Remove the heatsink from the processor box and check the bottom to make sure that the thermal interface material on the bottom is undamaged. You don't need to add any additional thermal paste with the stock Intel heatsink.

If the heatsink you purchased does not come with pre-applied thermal compound, apply a little compound to the base of the heatsink and spread it with your finger tip. Do the same to the metal lid of the processor. Never install a heatsink without thermal compound!

Step 3. To install the heatsink, lower it onto the processor and align each of the four plastic 'legs' with the corresponding hole in the motherboard. There is no special way the heatsink has to face, just be certain each leg slips completely into the corresponding hole or the heatsink will be mounted crooked and the processor will overheat.

Intel reference heatsinks use push-to-click plastic retention studs.

For these mechanical locks to work correctly the black top on each fastener needs to be turned so the arrow points away from the heatsink and the groove points towards the center of the heatsink (as pictured above). This orientation ensures the fastener will lock into place when pressed down.

Once the heatsink is sitting level on the processor and each plastic leg is in the corresponding motherboard hole, hold the heatsink with one hand and press down firmly on each of the black tabs indicated below. You will hear a click as each leg engages.

When you press down on the black plastic tab, two clear plastic hooks are spread apart and lock onto the motherboard PCB hole. It's easy to see this by examining the back of the motherboard; at left is the 'unlocked' state, at right the heatsink is correctly 'locked' in place.

With all four push-to-click tabs locked in place, it's now time to plug in the CPU heatsink fan power cable to the right 4-pin or 3-pin connector on the motherboard.

Consult your motherboard manual if you are unsure of the location of the CPU fan header. Generally speaking, connect the CPU heatsink fan power cable into the fan header marked "CPU_Fan" so the BIOS will report the right RPM levels. Lastly, ensure the wires from the fan won't be snagged in the fan blades.

That's it! The processor and heatsink are now installed correctly.

Continue reading if you need to remove an Intel socket LGA1156 processor in preparation for upgrading the processor. To remove the heatsink and processor you will need a flathead screwdriver as well as the plastic protective covers for both the socket and the processor.

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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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