I have to move my P4 (Northwood) + Intel heatsink+fan to a new motherboard. Software issues are not a problems and the motherboard is compatible. But I am really baffled by all the discussion surrounding heatsinks. From what I gather these are the steps??
1- remove the heatsink +fan by unclipping the steel clips.
Question: How do I do this and won't the heatsink "stick" to the cpu? If so what do I do?
2- Lift cpu lever lock and then the cpu pops out.
Is the heatsink now reusable or do I have to get another one? There's all this discussion about Arctic Silver, cleaning heatsink, cleaning cpu,... that is just plain confusing. I didn't apply any thermal stuff at all when I put the P4+HSF in (it was a retail box) but I assume the HSF and the cpu must be "glued" together now.
Can I just buy a new HSF and pop it unto the P4 (without cleaning the P4 in exotic ways)?
3- Put cpu in new socket (easy for me) and then attach HSF.
Sorry to be so picky but I have this feeling that the HSF can't just come off easily and then put back on without doing something.
Any help would really be appreciated. If possible just assume I am totally clueless when it comes to the HSF and cpu together.
Would it be possible to remove the cpu+HSF without detaching the HSF from the cpu?