Thanks. Moving right along...
So let's take a look at getting the cpu chip in place and attaching the heat sink.
There have been complaints I've been reading of bent pins on the socket causing the cpu mother board connection not to work.
As you saw in the last set of pics the cpu was still the carrier. It stayed there until I got ready to put it in the socket.
Also the socket protective cover was left in place until the last second. Let's take a look at the heat sink next.
Stock heat sink with fan built on to it.
You notice how the fins appear to be like tunning forks? That design gives more cooling surface area in a compact space.
The mounting system consists of split pins that go through the motherboard. Then have a sliding pin pushed through them to lock it in place. More on that later on.
The top side of the heat sink.
The fan is a custom job for Intel by Sunon. They make some the best computer related fans on the market.
The cpu fan header was just out of reach the way the wiring came configured out of the box. More on that later also.
Here the cpu chip is in the socket with the holder down and locked.
In the front left corner on the cpu circuit board is a small yellow arrow. There's a matching one in the corner of the socket.
To align the chip to the socket is simple. Line up the arrows and close the lid. Pull down the latching arm and lock it in.
Now to get the heat sink set in and locked down. "Sempai, why do you have the mother board sitting on two boxes?"
Well grasshopper I'm glad you asked. Here's the explanation. Remember the pins on the heat sink in the first pic in this set?
When the pins are pushed through with the board propped up like that, they will go through the board unencumbered.
This rather blurry shot shows the mounting holes where the heat sink pins will go through. Line them up and set the heat sink down.
My personal trick for the next step is to turn the locking pins flat side toward the heat sink. When ready put thumbs on two on opposite sides and press down.
You'll hear a slight click meaning they're locked in. Do the same to the other two. Now was that easy or what?
If you don't hear the click that's ok. Pick the board up and check if the lock pins went all the way in.
Plug in the fan cable to the cpu fan header and you're done with this part.
On mine the fan cable didn't reach in the stock wiring configuration. If the same happens to you, just take a small flat screw driver and slide it in the clip where the wires are. Turn it oh so slightly and slip the wires out.
I ran mine around the right side and back in the clip then plugged it in. Even going that way it barely reached.
Now how many of you picked up I didn't put any thermal paste on the cpu? The stock heat sink comes prepasted and in the last two Intel builds seems to work rather well.
Pop in the ram cards.
With all types of ram cards, they only go in one way. In the socket is a guide pin. On the ram card itself is a guide notch. Notch goes over the pin and press down till the locking tabs come up.
When the card appears seated do one last check. Look at the notch on the ends of the card and make sure the locking clips are in as far as it will go. A little push on the clips doesn't hurt just to be sure.
Ok the logic behind making sure they are locked down. They get warm to hot, hot, hot. If not locked down they will walk out of the socket.
Ok I'm going to take a break here and attack that mountain of paper work piling up on my desk. Got to keep the bosses happy.
Keep checking back.