How to Change a CPU

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To change a CPU, open up the computer, locate and remove the processor fan, remove the existing CPU using electronic screwdrivers, and replace it with the new one. Be careful not to bend any prongs inside the computer when replacing the CPU with help from a computer technician in this free video on PC maintenance.

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Hi. I'm Gary Malec and in this video I'm going to show you how to change out a CPU. Now there are a few things you have to understand that there are a lot of different CPU's and there's different sockets and slots and types, many motherboards are different and along with fans and coolers. But generally they all follow the same premise which is be very, very careful. You do not want to be rough with these things. They have tiny little pins and they can bend and create a nightmare. You have to be very, very careful. Now you're going to have to have on here already if you want to change it. So make sure you can figure out how to remove your fan which is really easy, but you have to be careful. Now this fan here has a slot for a nice little screwdriver. You just have to push it right on the lip. Be very firm as you push down and then pull it out and it should come right off. Again be very careful. If you slip you don't want to jar your motherboard. Make sure everything is unplugged. That's one thing you always have to worry about. Now here we have the processor. There's a nice little arm here. This is an AMD processor but again Intel's they all generally have the same kind of premise. You just have a little arm here and you're going to lift up, take it out. Now the processor will just come right out nice and easy. Try not to touch too many things and as you can see here there's an arrow at the top of this here and that arrow means its that's going to go up here on this corner where there's no pins. There's pins missing in these top two corners and there's pins on these so it can only go in one way. Please don't ever force it. You don't want to ram prongs. Bent prongs are a bad thing. Now you have it in all you do is push down one finger nice and lightly and it snaps right back into place. Now your new processor might have an upgraded heat sink because it might run a little hotter or if not you can always just use your old one. So be careful and again be very firm, very steady and easy when you're reinstalling your fan. Push down, snap it right in. Its good to go. Plug it in, turn it back on. You have your new processor.

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