How to Remove a Cooler Master CPU Fan

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How to Remove a Cooler Master CPU Fan
Most CPUs have a fan for cooling. (fan image by Antons Matvejevs from

Just like any other computer component, CPU fans wear out over time. Whereas it may be possible to operate a computer without a CD-ROM drive or sound card, processors need a fan to avoid overheating. Installing a new fan takes only a few minutes, but first you must take out the old one. Avoid unnecessary confusion and damage to your computer by learning how to remove a Cooler Master CPU fan the proper way.

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Things you need

  • Phillips screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Turn off the computer and unplug all cables from the system, including network and peripheral cords. Lay the system right-side down so that the CPU fan is easier to access.

  2. 2

    Pull away the left side panel to access the inside of the PC. Some systems require you to remove a screw with a Phillips screwdriver or press down a latch to slide off the side cover. Touch a bare metal portion of the case to discharge static electricity from your body.

  3. 3

    Unplug the three-pin CPU fan from the white connector. You can find it near the middle of the motherboard next to the heat sink.

  4. 4

    Remove the Cooler Master fan from the top of the heat sink. Twist out the four screws on each corner of the fan with a Phillips screwdriver to release it.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not run your computer without proper CPU cooling. If the system came with a processor fan installed, chances are good this device is necessary to avoid overheating.

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