Computers Processors

How To Upgrade Your Processor

Introduction

From time to time, we need to upgrade our computer. Keeping up with technology is very important because new software and games have greater requirements and your computer must have the right hardware to cope with this. When we begin upgrading our computer, we must start with the processor. The processor upgrade is the most important one of all. You can have a lot of top hardware components in your computer, but if your processor is slow, it will drag your whole system backwards. When we want a processor upgrade, we must keep in mind what types of processors the motherboard can handle. To find out what processors upgrade is available for your motherboard, you have to check the motherboard manual. If the processor upgrade you want to buy is supported by the motherboard, you are good to go; if not, you might have to change the motherboard also.

Step 1

First off all you have to power down the computer, unplug it, and then open your computers case, remove the screws from the case and open it. The processor is located on the motherboard and it has a big cooler on it. You will have to remove the cooler first.

Step 2

Unplug the cooler from your motherboard and carefully remove the cooler. The cooler is attached to the mother board by some legs. There are many types of coolers and the holding system may differ.
After you removed the cooler you will see the processor. The processor also has a holding system, you have to gently open the holding system. Now you can remove the processor. You have to be very gentle when you do this because any type of damage to the processor can ruin it.

Step 3

You can now insert the processor upgrade into the processor slot. Be very careful again and make sure you put the processor in the right position. After you gently placed the processor, you can close the holding system.
Every new processor comes with a cooling paste. You have to carefully put the paste on top of the processor upgrade. The cooling paste will make a good contact surface with the cooler, avoiding direct contact between the processor and the cooler.

Step 4

You can put the cooler back. It is recommended that you also upgrade the cooler when you do a processor upgrade. Be very careful when you insert back the cooler, try to avoid hitting the processor.
Now that the processor upgrade is in place, you have to connect the cooler on the motherboard. Don’t forget about this because if you do and start your computer without a working cooler you might permanently destroy the new processor upgrade.

Step 5

Now you can put the case back on your computer and plug it back in. Turn on the computer. After the computer starts, you have to enter into BIOS. After you entered BIOS, go to hardware monitoring. Keep an eye on the processor upgrade temperature. It is recommended to keep an eye for a few minutes. If the temperature grows alarmingly you have to turn off your computer and check the cooler.

By Bob Meadow, published at 02/17/2012
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