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    Inatalling a CPU

    Hi all,

    In the next few days I am going to be installing a cpu into a mobo (Virgin builder very excited)

    I have managed to get hold of an anti static mat and wrist strap.

    Can someone just help me check I have the following right pls ?

    1.) I need to install the cpu to the mobo out of the case, all the other bits can be done IN the case.
    2.) The mobo will be fine sat on the anti static mat with nothing else ?
    3.) Once I get the mobo in the case the plug needs to be OUT of the PSU yes ? and I should attach my wrist strap to the case ?

    I feel very para about all this, I've put in memory and GPU's but never a CPU of mobo from the ground up

    Any small hints ppl can pass on would make me feel much better

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    You can install the CPU when the MB is in the case, some people just find it easier to install the CPU, HS and memory into the MB before installing it in the case. As for the anti static stuff, I would not have a clue, as I never use it.

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    general rule of thumb if you dont wana risk killing your board or chip install the hsf outside of the case

    and yes do put the power plug any where near it untill you have double checked all connections and checked all cards are inserted correctly

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    Thanks for the headsup

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    Also, if you have spare piece of wood anywhere around i find that useful for putting the HSF on the mobo, as if it is a screwdriver jobby (instead of a thumb thingy..) you need to press quite hard...

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    i always thought keeping the plug in the PSU (but not actually switched on) ensured the case was earthed via the mains
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    Quote Originally Posted by petrefax
    i always thought keeping the plug in the PSU (but not actually switched on) ensured the case was earthed via the mains
    beaten to the mark

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    Don't make the same mistake as me also.
    Make sure you put teh riser screws between the case and the motherboard!

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    okay now I'm miffed.

    New shiny Intel retail box arrives. Out comes the 3Ghz 800fsb wrapped up with the HSF but no thermal paste ??

    So does this mean I don't need any (gonna buy some anyway)

    There is a kinda gray square on the bottom on the copper base of the HSF is this a thermal pad or just the colour of the base ???

    I knew there was gonna be a small confusion somewhere lol

    Cheers all

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    One last thing,

    The comment about the wood worries me LOL
    So getting the HSF in the retention clip is gonna take some effort ? (Can see that mobo snapping in half)

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    you dont need thermal paste with a p4, it should be ok

    but itll run cooler and you can overclock more, so recommended



    same with the antistatic band and whatever you have, i never use it and ive not blown anything up yet, so near pointless, seing as everythings guranteed anyway
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    The stuff on teh bottom of the HS is what they provide for thermal transfer. Its pretty rubbishrubbishrubbishrubbish, as the pads dont really do stuff, you really want Artic silver.

    Dont intels have the huge shim/hs on the chip itself?

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    Yeah, the gray square is some thermal paste, but as blockers says, it's pretty rubbishrubbishrubbishrubbish. Best thing todo is to use some spirit based liquid (nail polish remover does the trick) to wipe of the thermal pad, get some Arctic Silver paste (the little syringe type tubes) and spread that onto the top of the processor. You need to make sure the paster is even, with no air bubbles in. I use a piece of cardboard to level the paste out.
    Hope that helps

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