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How to install a new CPU cooler – step by step

Choosing the right model and installing it properly

7. A close up of our old CPU cooler – already a bit dusty. Notice the small size of the fan blades.

8. Look for the small 4-pin cable that extends from the cooler to the motherboard. Gently waggle it off without bending the pins.

9. Next, you will have to remove the cooler itself. See if there's a small lever at the side to push down. Depending on your respective model, the exact method of removal might differ. If there's no lever to be found, you can typically find four push-pins at each corner.

10. After pressing down the lever, release the metal clamp from both sides of the cooler. If you are dealing with push-pins instead, try turning your motherboard around and see if your can squeeze the two halfes of each pin together in order to loosen it.

11. On the left: Our new “Scythe Mugen II” (about £35); on the right: The old boxed cooler.

12. As you will have noticed, your CPU is now finally brought to light. The greasy paste on top of it is a thermal compound that improves the heat conductivity between the CPU and the cooler, thus improving the cooling performance (air alone would be significantly less effective). Refrain from touching it and ignore it for now.

13. If your new cooler requires you the install a backplate onto your motherboard, turn it around and do so.

14. Additionally, take a look into the manufacturer's manual and see if there are instructions as to how the cooler needs to be modified before being placed onto your respective socket. This typically includes assembling the mounting device in a particular fashion.

15. Attach the fan to the heatsink. This is often accomplished with the help of metal brackets.

This guide continues on the next page.

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