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# 30063 28-Jan-2009 01:36
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Am thinking about replacing my stock Intel fan cooler with a Scythe Mini Ninja, however I really can't face pulling out my motherboard to install the Ninja.  

I've read a few posts where people highly recommend installing it with the motherboard out of the case so that you can check the Ninja is fully 'clipped' onto the motherboard.  Has anyone sucessfully installed one of these onto a motherboard in the case?  How doable is it?  Any tips?


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  # 192407 28-Jan-2009 02:46
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As you've no doubt assumed you won't need access to the back of the motherboard and won't have to take it out unless you're paranoid about the clips not being through correctly.  Just take your time and double check it's firmly fastened.  Since it's in a htpc case and will be lying horizontal there's not much to fear.  Would be more worried if it was in a traditional case vertical with the full weight on the mounts.
Taking the motherboard out isn't hard either though, just a series of steps..

0: Turn off the psu (switch at the back), leave the cord plugged in for grounding any static
1: Take a mental note of where the cards and cables go (or draw a picture/sketch).
2: Remove PCI/PCI-E cards
3: Remove cables
4: Unscrew the motherboard standoff screws.
5: Gently lift sideways (away from the backplate) and up to get the motherboard out (may have to remove hdd's if the case is cramped)
6: Remove the stock cooler
7: Clean off old thermal paste with isoproyl (cleaning alcohol), could give the case a dust out at this point if needed (can of compressed air)
8: Apply new thermal paste to the cpu
9: Install the new cooler
10: Gently put the motherboard down and then sideways into the backplate so the standoffs line up with the holes.
11:  Put the standoff screws back in
12:  Put the cables bacak in
13:  Put the PCI/PCI-E cards back in


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