How To Install A New Motherboard
Learning how to install a new motherboard may seem like a daunting task, but, it's actually very easy. The motherboard is easy to identify, remove, and replace. You probably already own all the tools required.
To install a new motherboard in your computer, you will need:
- a clean, static-free workspace
- a Phillips head screw driver
- a new motherboard that is compatible with your computer
- thermal compound
- your computer
To install a new motherboard:
- When purchasing a motherboard, make sure that the one that you buy is compatible with the current CPU and case of your computer. A sales rep can help you with this if you are not sure. Also, make sure that the one you buy comes with all the necessary screws and risers.
- Set up a clean workspace. A cleared-off kitchen table makes a good spot to install a new motherboard. Make sure that there is no flying dust. Ideally, you should also have a piece of grounded metal nearby that you can touch frequently to discharge any static on your skin.
- Open up your computer case. Some cases can be opened by depressing a couple of buttons, but others will need to be unscrewed. Make sure that you keep the screws where you can find them. A good way to do this is to tape them to the outside of your case.
- Find and remove the old motherboard. It will be held down by a number of screws. Make sure you do not lose these, even if your new motherboard comes with replacement screws.
- Remove the old I/O shield. Your new motherboard may not have all of the outputs in the same places, so, it is important to use the one that comes with your new motherboard.
- Remove the heat sink and CPU from your old motherboard if you are reusing them. This can be accomplished by lifting the socket arm and removing the two components.
- Attach the CPU to the new motherboard. There will generally be a small plastic or metal arm that you will need to lift to unlock the port. Make sure that all the pins line up correctly. Bent pins mean a poor connection.
- Attach the heat sink to the CPU. Some heat sinks come with a thermal pad. If yours does not, you will need to put a small amount of thermal compound onto the CPU before putting on the heat sink.
- Put in the new I/O shield. Make sure that it is facing the right way so that it lines up with the new motherboard.
- Install the new motherboard, making sure that all of the screw holes line up. Screw the motherboard down. Make sure you pause regularly to discharge any static. Do not over-tighten the screws.