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Do you take your motherboard out of the case to reapply thermal paste and re-seat the heatsink or do you leave it inside the case and just take out or unplug things in your way? Just curious because I'm going to be doing this today.
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post #2 of 5
Leave the mobo in. The backplate is on the other side, but the mounting bracket just unscrews/unclips from it.

And yes, unplug whatever you need to.
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If its already been installed into the case, Ill just do it without pulling it. On a new build though I like to get the HSF installed outside the case- can't beat all the room
 
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post #4 of 5
No reason to take it out.
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post #5 of 5
Only take it out if you want to. It takes more work to take it out and mount the HSF, but its good experience taking everything out. Unless you have a backplate on your HSF, and you dont havea cutout on the MOBO tray, then you need to take it out.
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