Thanks, very usefull for when I am going to install my new cooler (probably today)
I have one question though.
I don't understand what you mean here? Could you elaborate? Thanks
You don't ever tighten one bolt down as hard as possible, then move onto the next bolt thats completely loose and then tighten that one, and so on.
Tighten all four (in my case) by hand first, equally. Next, tighten any bolt with several turns, but not to significant, and then do the bolt directly across, not adjacent to the bolt you previously tightened.
Now, pick an adjacent bolt and do the same thing, only several turns. Tighten it to about the same thing, then do the one directly across. Now you tightened all 4 bolts, but nowhere near enough! You need to repeat this process.
You will find that, as you tighten a bolt, the one across which was previously really tight, now has more room for tightening!
The reason for this is, if you tighten one bolt to hard, it will not apply pressure evenly at first. You may make it more difficult for the cpu cooler to line up, you may squeeze the thermal compound wrong (please use pea sized method) you might stress the mobo on a certain area, you might make it more difficult to tighten other bolts etc..
You have to try to keep the surface even! Think about it, if you were to do: top 2 screws first then bottom 2 screws, your cpu cooler would be uneven during the first top 2 and 1 of the bottom. It would only become even once you tighten the fourth screw. By tightening across (not beside), it becomes even at the second screw.
All im saying is make sure every other screw you tighten is across from the last one you did.