How to Install an Intel Stock Core 2 Duo Cooler

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How to Install an Intel Stock Core 2 Duo Cooler
A CPU can quickly overheat without the proper cooling solution. (cpu 9 image by Robert Molnar from

Installing an Intel stock Core 2 Duo cooler will ensure that an approved cooling device is being used with the processor and prevent overheating. Solve intermittent errors and system lockups caused by poor cooling solutions or by excessive heat caused by overclocking by using the heat sink and fan combination that comes stock with the retail version of the Intel Core 2 Duo CPU. Replace a dusty or loud fan with a genuine Intel cooling solution for reliability and performance.

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Things you need

  • Anti-static wrist strap
  • Soft cloth
  • Thermal heat sink compound

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  1. 1

    Disconnect the power cord from the computer. Connect the anti-static wrist strap to the bare exposed metal of the computer case and put the other end on one wrist.

  2. 2

    Wipe the surface of the CPU cooler with a soft cloth to remove any latent thermal heat sink compound from prior installations. Wipe the surface of the CPU with a soft cloth to remove any heat sink compound.

  3. 3

    Apply a small amount of thermal heat sink compound to the centre of the surface of the CPU cooler where it will contact with the CPU. Spread the compound evenly over an area the size of the CPU.

  4. 4

    Place the CPU cooler squarely onto the CPU in the proper orientation for installation, pushing the cooler down gently onto the CPU to ensure even contact.

  5. 5

    Attach the metal clips that are part of the cooler assembly to the plastic tabs on the base of the CPU socket.

  6. 6

    Connect the power lead of the fan to the motherboard location that is marked "CPU Fan" and then inspect the cooler to ensure it is firmly attached and in full contact with the entire surface of the CPU.

Tips and warnings

  • Perform a test run by placing the cooler onto the CPU and locating the clips and plastic tabs that they will hook to prior to applying the thermal heat sink compound to get a feel for the proper orientation and the mechanical aspects of the installation.
  • Always use a protective device such as an anti-static wrist strap when performing any kind of operation inside a computer to prevent static discharge damage to any of the components on the motherboard.
  • Use caution when attaching the heat sink to avoid breaking the plastic tabs that hold it in place. Breaking one of the tabs effectively destroys the motherboard. Ensure the thermal heat sink compound is evenly spread on the cooler to allow full contact with the CPU and to avoid damage from inconsistent cooling of the chip.

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