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So I will have to remove my MB in order to install my new heatsink, but I wanted to know what the proper procedure is. Should I unhook all the cables and everything as well as remove the GPU?

Should I wear gloves? My hands tend to sweat, so yeah. Also, should I use one of those PC building cables and attach it to something metal to ground myself?
post #2 of 17
Remove all cables
unscrew screws
lift via the heat sink (if it has one) so that you pivot the board up on its left side, then pull to the right

lift out.

To put in, do in reverse order

Just make sure your grounded (touch the case) and not to work on carpet. Best ideal place is a wooden work bench on a concrete floor but you don't have to worry to much. Just touch the cases for 5 seconds and get to work, touching the case as you go.
 
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Get rid of all stati electricty by touching the case, then unhook, unscrew, take your mobo out and done.
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Originally Posted by ComradeNF View Post
So I will have to remove my MB in order to install my new heatsink, but I wanted to know what the proper procedure is. Should I unhook all the cables and everything as well as remove the GPU?

Should I wear gloves? My hands tend to sweat, so yeah. Also, should I use one of those PC building cables and attach it to something metal to ground myself?
1. Unplug all the cables going to the motherboard (PSU, Data)
2. Remove the GPU
3. Unscrew all of the screws attaching the motherboard to the case
4. Lift the motherboard out

If you have an antistatic strap then use it, but if you don't just touch the inside of the case before touching anything else.
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If you are wearing a wrist strap that is connected to the case... make sure that the PSU is plugged into the wall. I'm not kidding around. All the major ESD systems I have are grounded directly to the earth ground in the power outlet... it's how you're supposed to do it (if you knew this already all the better : ). Another common misconception is to put your motherboard on top of your motherboard bag. If you don't mind cutting the bag, use the inside of the bag only as a mat.

The outside of the bag is designed so it can be discharged on an ESD table before opening. The only exception might be those asus ESD plastic bags with the cross hatching, I'm not sure if they are or not... Putting your mobo on top of the bag is like placing your mobo on an ungrounded metal table. Static electricity will transfer at high volts... it won't seem like it'll break anything... but it will create wear or partially damage components usually.

I mean... you don't have to do it this way but it's good practice. : )
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1. Unplug all the cables going to the motherboard (PSU, Data)
2. Remove the GPU
3. Unscrew all of the screws attaching the motherboard to the case
4. Lift the motherboard out

If you have an antistatic strap then use it, but if you don't just touch the inside of the case before touching anything else.
great tips to keep in mind.
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Don't worry too much about ESD. It's alot rarer than you think and warranty covers it.

Just follow what Lord Xeb said
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also check that the standoff's dont come free with the screw and stress crack the board,i have had this happen...i did try to buzz the screw out with powerdriver tho..


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Don't worry too much about ESD. It's alot rarer than you think and warranty covers it.

Just follow what Lord Xeb said
I don't know of any warrenty that insures against user damage
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