Guide to help you give your system a boost by installing a AMd 64 bit processor into your Computer
Upgrading your processor typical means you will also need to upgrade your motherboard and ram so that each can work together. Although this can be expensive compared to a cheap ram upgrade you will notice the most improvement in performance by upgrading your CPU.
Power down your PC and switch it off at the wall. Remove the screws holding the sides of the case on and carefully slide off both panels.
Wearing an anti-static wristband is preferable whenever working with sensitive electrical equipment. Keeping one hand on a metal part of the case will have the same effect, though you may need oth hands when installing certain items of hardware.
Installing a CPU on a motherboard outside of the case if much preferred, as significant pressure must be applied to secure the heatsink which can bend and ultimately damage motherboards if they are not properly supported. You can install a CPU inside the case, though extra care must be taken not to damage any components or apply too much pressure to the board when fitting.
If you wish to remove the motherboard, you will need to remove all the expansion cards by unscrewing the backing plates and sliding them out carefully. You will also need to remove anything plugged into the motherboard, such as power cables, fan cables and so forth. It may also be easier to remove optical drives if space is tight, though generally this isn't essential to remove the motherboard.
Next, undo the screws holding the motherboard to the case and lift the whole board out onto an anti-static surface. If you're lucky, your motherboard may be secured to a tray, in which case it will just lift out once you have removed the cables and expansion cards.
If you are replacing an old CPU, you will first need to remove the old heatsink and CPU. You can do this by pushing down on the retainer clips with a flat bladed screwdriver on old-style heatsinks, or by pulling the lever up on the newer ones. You will need a reasonable amount of pressure to do either of these, which is why performing this task on a fully supported, flat surface is preferred.
Once you have released the catch, gently remove the heatsink and fan assembly. If the PC has been on recently, the thermal grease may still be tacky and require you to pull the heatsink off with a little extra force.