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In this how to install a CPU article, we will examine the basics of what you need to know. The most important aspect of this install process, is understanding there are differences in install procedures, based on CPU type. You will also want to take it slow, as the CPU and heat-sink and fan are designed to fit only one way.
This is a two-step process, the CPU install itself, and the installation of the heat-sink and fan. In this modern era of high-performance processors, I strongly encourage you to have a fan, along with the heat-sink to ensure proper cooling.
There’s not much need to purchase a third-party heat-sink and fan if your processor came with one and you will not be over-clocking your CPU. One of my machines has a Quad 3.2 GHz CPU with the manufacturers heat-sink and fan, and my temperature is always +/- 24 C.
Use your anti-static wrist strap to protect your components from static electricity
My recommendation is to install your motherboard into your case, then install the CPU. If you are replacing your CPU, just make sure to disconnect all cables and wires that are in the way of you having complete accessibility to your CPU socket.
Conduct install in a well lit area, which possibly means moving your computer. Always, ALWAYS, read your motherboard and CPU respective user manuals before moving forward
Hopefully, that was not too difficult. Now it is time to install the heat-sink fan combination.
Before you place the heat-sink in place, a small dab of thermal grease needs to be applied. This thermal grease is a heat conductor between your CPU and heat-sink. The grease fills microscopic imperfections on the heat-sink, preventing any amount of air to be trapped between the two, which would decrease the intended use of the heat-sink.
Do notice your heat-sink, as many already have thermal grease already applied and ready for use. You just need to remove the protective covering. Here are the install steps:
Your heat-sink should now be securely seated on the CPU.
That is it. Just keep in the back of your mind, if your computer does not restart, the CPU may not be securely seated in the socket. As a last resort, you may need to remove the heat-sink and examine.