How to Install a Processor

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Installing a processor into a computer motherboard requires lining up the pins on the processor, dropping down the lever that holds the processor in place and installing the heat sink. Be very careful not to bend any of the pins on a CPU when installing it in a computer with advice from a computer specialist in this free video on computer hardware.

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Hi, I'm Gary Malec. And in this video, I'm going to show you how to install a processor in your motherboard. Now there many different sizes, shapes, brands. You can have AMD, Intel. There's all different sockets. But generally they always follow the same format. Next step in installing a CPU is to make sure you line the pins up correctly. Because if you don't, you'll just end up jamming them in and bending them. and you'll have a heck of a time. Getting them straight again, getting them back into place. Now there's always going to be an arrow of some sort on the CPU. Here is the CPU. Now there's my arrow, here's my arrow here. Which always tells me, which, which part the pin is missing. As you see here, in this corner. There's a missing pin. So when you have an arrow. You always meet the arrow with that corner. Where the pin is missing. And it should just drop right in. Just like that. Sets in nicely, no problems. And you take this lever, very carefully. Drop it down, your processor is installed. Now that your processor is in. You still have to install the Heat Sync. You're not quite out of the water, yet. Just drop it on very carefully. Then line up the tabs. Heat Syncs can be a pain in the butt, sometimes. you have to be very careful, not to break anything, slip off, damage your motherboard. This one is a particularly difficult one to install. That's why I use this actual, to show you. Nice small screw driver, into the groove. And press down firmly in there. Just like that, it's installed. No problems, nice and tight. And there you have it. A new processor.

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