The processor is expensive and delicate so handle it with care. Be sure to discharge any static electricity before picking it up.
Release the latch on the CPU socket and remove the piece of plastic protecting the socket.
This is what your motherboard should look like before you install the CPU.
Hold the processor by its edges to avoid damaging it.
Our processor, and Intel Core i7-980x seated correctly on the motherboard.
Apply a fair amount of thermal compound, but not too much. In the next image, we'll show you what it should look like after the compound is spread out.
Use something with a straight edge to spread out the compound, making sure there are no gaps.
After adding the thermal compound, add the fan bracket, heat sink and fan. It should look similar to this when complete.
Don't forget to connect the fan's power to the CPU fan header on the motherboard.
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