My motherboard has been diagnosed with the Sandy Bridge issue (http://vip.asus.com/eservice/changeSandybridge_MB.aspx?slanguage=en-us) so I am asked by my reseller to send back my motherboard to have a new one compatible with the previous one.
My problem is that I have a not cheap Intel CPU currently on it, with its standard heatsink/fan. I would obviously like to keep it to plug it on the new motherboard. I am quite woried about the thermal paste. I was planning to:
- Remove the CPU and the HSF together (I think they are sticked to each other).
- Try to separate the CPU and the HSF (I'm not sure how)
- Clean both of the surfaces
- When the new motherboard is here, put the CPU back on it.
- Have new thermal paste to put again on the CPU, put it on the CPU
- Add the HSF again
Do you see any problem about this process? Recommendations? Is it possible to keep the CPU and the HSF together for the whole process or is it impossible to plug the CPU back on the new motherboard in this case?
Thanks in advance for your answers.