How to Install a CPU Cooler in an AMD Motherboard

These instructions will help you to install a CPU cooler/heating onto an AMD socket motherboard.

Steps

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    Before opening your computer, make sure that it is unplugged and in a non-static surface. Wood or a glass table is ideal.
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    Turn off the computer and move it to the non-static surface. Use your screw-driver to open the case panel.
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    Remove the panel and take a look at the mother board. It should look similar to the image.
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    Now proceed to remove your previous CPU heat sink. In order to do this, you need to undo the lever on the right side. Do this by gently pulling up on the lever until it becomes unhinged and loose.
    • The CPU should come off with ease.
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    Check that all the components are in correctly so that there is no complications in the install process. The CPU should be perfectly flat.
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    Apply the thermal paste onto the CPU. The amount of paste used should be such that the paste does not leak over the when the CPU is installed.
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    Take the replacement heat sink and line it up correctly with the lever facing the PCI ports.
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    Connect the left connector bracket to the left side. This is important because it allows the lever to lock in the CPU heat sink so that it does not move.
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    Connect the right side. Pull the leaver all the way back and push the bracket down until it clicks into place.
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    Take the lever and push it forward until it clicks into place. If the lever does not lock, stop pushing the lever. Just pull the lever back and repeat the last two steps over again.
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    Plug in the wire. There will be a wire that is not connected which is located on the heat sink fan. Take the wire and plug it into the CPU fan socket. It is located near the CPU and has several metal prongs.

Things You'll Need

  • Thermal Paste
  • Heat sink

Tips

  • If doing this inside a computer case it is a good idea to have an elbow on the case. It acts as a ground to avoid damage to the computer.

Warnings

  • Since computers are very sensitive to magnets, magnetized screw drivers must be avoided.
  • The installation of the cooler must not be done on a carpet.
  • If the CPU is not installed correctly, the CPU will over-heat and get damaged.
  • Working inside a Computer can be dangerous because there is a chance of shock.
  • If the lever is pushed down, the lever will get damaged compromising the lock the heat sink has to the CPU!

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