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Replacing my CPU and heatsink

#1Axl_RedPosted 10/10/2013 4:06:29 PM(edited)
Recently, I just bought a new Intel i7-3770k CPU to replace my old cpu on my pre-built gaming PC. This is gonna be the first time I replace a CPU in the computer, and I saw some videos on how to replace a CPU and heatsink, so I'm feel pretty confident about this. I already did some research and I know my CPU is compatible with my motherboard, so you guys don't have to tell me about that.

I have one question though. The current heatsink in my desktop is screwed to the motherboard, so I'm thinking that there's probably a back-plate on back of the motherboard in which it's screwed into. I haven't done research into removing a motherboard, so I really don't want to deal with the hassle of taking out the motherboard to take out the back-plate. My question is, is it safe to just keep the backplate lying in back of the motherboard while I run my computer with my new Intel heatsink in?

My motherboard btw: asrock h61m hvs
#2JudgmenlPosted 10/10/2013 4:09:52 PM
The HSF you bought doesn't have a mount? What?
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#3wildog2006Posted 10/10/2013 4:53:15 PM
If your current heatsink has a backplate, it's a safe bet that it's better than the intel stock cooler. They're designed poorly, the wires for the fan can actually keep it from spinning. Plus, they aren't any good if you overclock, which you should be doing with a -K model CPU.

Since you don't want to remove the mobo, just use your current heatsink.
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#4Axl_Red(Topic Creator)Posted 10/10/2013 4:57:22 PM
wildog2006 posted...
If your current heatsink has a backplate, it's a safe bet that it's better than the intel stock cooler. They're designed poorly, the wires for the fan can actually keep it from spinning. Plus, they aren't any good if you overclock, which you should be doing with a -K model CPU.

Since you don't want to remove the mobo, just use your current heatsink.


Okay I'll probably do that then. What's a good way of cleaning the heatsink's thermal paste?
#5WyzeGyePosted 10/10/2013 5:06:21 PM
isopropyl 97% and coffee filters or a lint free cloth
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#6wildog2006Posted 10/10/2013 5:07:08 PM
Q-Tips and 90% rubbing alcohol. Be careful not to use too much alcohol, don't want to get the PCB or mobo wet. If you do, just let it dry first.
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