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#1 Venek

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Posted 11 January 2007 - 02:06 PM

Hey all,

Just recently bought a P4 Northwood 3.4 CPU for my motherboard to delay buying a new Core 2 Duo or even Quad-Core with the Vista OS for another year or 2. I've done a number of hardware upgrades on my computer ranging from a new HD, video card, and DVD-ROM. Changing my CPU makes me a little nervous as I've never done that before. Don't worry, already made sure I had the right socket and that my mobo supports it. Also ordered the obligatory cooler/heatsink and thermal grease (along with extra RAM, why the hell not?) from Newegg.

This is where I ask for your help. Are there any excellent how-to guides for removing and installing a CPU (preferably for socket 478). Hopefully this will give me the experience I need to build my own computer from scratch in a year or so!

A side note, I already searched bleepingcomputer.com for such a guide and couldn't find one. If there is, I apologize for not looking hard enough and please post a link to whatever guide there is.
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Posted 11 January 2007 - 02:19 PM

Check this link out:
http://support.gateway.com/s/Manuals/Deskt...17/8508817a.htm
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Posted 11 January 2007 - 06:02 PM

Once you've done it, it's incredibly simple. But the first time is a bit nerve-wracking!

Open the case, remove the cooler and fan. There'll be a lever on one side of the CPU. Push down, move it out slightly, and then lift. DON'T FORCE ANYTHING!!! Then the CPU should be easy to lift out. Make sure you note how it came out, so you can orient the pins correctly when you insert the new one.

Then, just set the new one down and slide it a bit until it drops in. Push the lever down until it's locked and you're done!
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Posted 12 January 2007 - 11:56 PM

Thanks, I'll do some extra hunting online just to make sure I'm doing it right.
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