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Building my 1st system

by Amotec / January 26, 2011 11:51 AM PST

I have already puchased my motherboard (Asus Sabertooth X58) and a processor (intel core i7). I have seen a short video on how to install the processor, but I have been told by friends to lets professional install the processor. Is it that difficult?

Also I have heard there is a better match for RAM by the type of Mother board you have?


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No, it's not that difficult,
by ahtoi / January 26, 2011 3:14 PM PST
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just use common sense. I have never work with an i7 cpu so I can't tell you what the alignment marker is but usually there is a marker on the cpu and the cpu socket that give you the idea where the pin alignment should be. Also, if the cpu already come with heatsink grease on, be sure to remember to take the plastic off before install. Good luck.

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The main thing to worry about
by Jimmy Greystone / January 26, 2011 9:26 PM PST
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The main thing to worry about is ESD (Electro-Static Discharge) or basically static electricity. Some computer components are more sensitive to this than others, but probably none are more sensitive than the CPU. The amount of components crammed together in such a small space leaves no real margin of error.

So, be sure to read up on best practices on avoiding ESD damage. Might not be a bad idea to also try and find a video or two showing how to apply thermal grease. Too much or too little and you'll have problems.

Once you get the CPU in, the rest is pretty easy. Just hold everything by the edges as much as possible, avoid touching contact points (look kind of like teeth), or any actual chips on add-in cards. Also make sure you have a good place to do this work. A good not-carpeted or non-linoleum floor and some non-conductive surface to the table. If you don't have any of these things, it might be worth buying an ESD mat and wrist strap. Even if you only use it one time, better to waste $50 or so on that than a couple hundred on a new CPU.

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