"You will need an anti-static mat to lay parts on, and a wrist
grounding strap. Static electricity is the mortal enemy of
electronics; these are cheap and easy insurance. You will also need
isopropyl alcohol or special cleaning fluid made to clean off
thermal paste, a plastic putty knife, and some clean microfiber
"You may need to upgrade to a better CPU cooler. The stock
coolers that come in the retail packaged processors are usually
adequate. The better aftermarket coolers are quieter, and cool to a
lower temperature. The better air coolers are big, so make sure you
have enough room. Water coolers are wonderful, very quiet, small,
and have the most cooling power, but they are also the most
"Many aftermarket heatsinks have complicated mounting brackets
that require removing the motherboard, so buyer beware.
"Always read your product instructions! Your product
manufacturer knows quite a bit more about the right way to do these
things than your average random Internet dweeb."
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