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Video:Install a Central Processing Unit in a PC

with Don Schechter

The Central Processing Unit, or CPU, is the electronic brain of your computer. Learn how how to install a CPU in a desktop PC.See Transcript

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Transcript:Install a Central Processing Unit in a PC

Hi I'm Don Schechter for About.com Computing. Today I'm going to show you how to install a CPU in a desktop PC. To get started, use a flat workbench or desk, and don't forget to ground yourself.

Installing CPU in Your Model

The example I'm giving here may not be exactly how your processor will be installed. So consult your motherboard's manual (or a computer professional in your area).

Open the Processor Socket

Now, locate the processor socket on your motherboard (sometimes it can be hidden below wires, so you may need to gently push those aside). Carefully, open the processor socket by lifting the lever to the open position. This is the actual Central Processing Unit, or CPU.

Install the CPU

Line up the processor next to the slot and see how it should fit in. You will notice that there are several pins missing from the CPU on two of its corners. These coincide with the processor slot.

Now gently lower the CPU into the socket. Do not force it because the pins are very fragile and can bend. Slowly lower the lever to lock the CPU in place.

CPUs and Cooling Systems

Before you use the processor, you must install a cooling system. Once it is locked in place, attach its power cable. And that's all you need to do to install a CPU onto a motherboard.

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