How to Remove a CPU Socket

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The interior of a computer is made up of a multitude of hardware, with everything playing an important role throughout the life of a computer. The CPU socket is important in its own way because it houses the CPU, better known as the processor. The processor is essentially the brain of the computer, with faster processors leading to faster computing time. Sometimes, removing the CPU socket is important, especially if the user wants to replace the current processor with a newer, faster processor that won't fit into the socket's space.

Things You'll Need

  • Philips head screwdriver
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Power down the computer and remove the plugs and cords from the outside of the computer. Take the Philips screwdriver and remove the screws which keep the case and the computer in tact. Slide the case of the computer off once the screws have been removed.

  • Disconnect the CPU's fan. It will have a small power cord attaching somewhere on the mother board. Remove the power cord from the fan's side. On two sides of the fan will be plastic clips which keep it anchored down to the CPU. Pull these up to remove them from their locked down location.

  • Place the flat head screwdriver into a bottom corner of the CPU fan. Turn the screwdriver to release a locking mechanism which resides on the inside of the fan (holding it into place). Repeat this process with each corner. You will now be able to remove the fan from the top of the processor.

  • Pull up on the CPU socket's handles. There will be two of them. Do this carefully as to not damage an of the delicate hardware surrounding it. Wiggle slightly if needed. Eventually the CPU socket, as well as the processor, will separate from the motherboard. The CPU socket will now be completely removed from the rest of the computer.

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