A motherboard is the main circuit board in a computer, and it serves as the hub for connecting all the other components, such as the CPU, memory, and storage drives. Removing a motherboard can be a daunting task for any computer enthusiast. But with the right tools and preparation, it can be relatively straightforward. In this blog post, we will provide a step-by-step guide on how to remove a motherboard and quick tips to help ensure that you are ready before you begin removing your motherboard. Let’s get started!

Key Takeaways

  • Gather all the tools you need, e.g., a screwdriver, before removing the motherboard.
  • Turn off the computer, remove all the power cables, remove the PC case, detach the motherboard and cables connected to it, and gently remove it from the case.
  • Don’t forget to keep the motherboard in an anti-static bag once it’s removed from the computer.

Quick tips and cautions

It’s suggestive of following a few tips and cautions before starting to remove the motherboard from your computer. Those are included as follows: 

  • Gather all the necessary tools and supplies before removing and replacing a motherboard. You’ll need a Phillips screwdriver and some anti-static wrist straps or other grounding devices to help prevent any static electricity buildup during the process.

  • You should also ensure that you have uninstalled any drivers or software updates before removing the motherboard or installing a new one.

  • Don’t forget to power off your computer, remove all the power cables, and unplug the computer from them all. This will ensure that an accidental power surge doesn’t damage the motherboard.

  • Finally, take time to remove and install the motherboard, as delicate components can easily be damaged if mishandled.

How to remove motherboard?

The method of removing the motherboard from the computer is relatively simple. However, cables directly or indirectly connect many computer hardware parts to the motherboard. Disconnect all of the gear plugged into the motherboard if you need to remove it. The procedures for removing the majority of computer motherboards are listed below before starting to remove a motherboard.

Step 1: Disconnect the power supply

The process of removing a motherboard from the computer involves several steps. Let’s start with the first one!

  • The first step in removing a motherboard is disconnecting its power supply. This involves disconnecting the main power connector from the motherboard and other auxiliary power connectors (e.g., SATA or PCIe). If your computer has an on/off switch, switch it off.

  • Once the power supply is disconnected, you should remove any cables connected to the motherboard, such as data cables for peripherals.

  • Be sure to note where each cable goes so you can properly reconnect them when installing the new motherboard.

  • After removing all the cables, you can unscrew the case’s power supply and lift it out. At this point, the motherboard should be free of all external connections and ready for removal.

Step 2: Remove the CPU

The CPU (Central Processing Unit) is the computer’s brain and can be the trickiest component to remove. Before removing your CPU, ensure you have all the necessary tools, including anti-static gloves, a CPU socket protector, and a screwdriver.

  • To begin, remove any heatsinks or fans attached to the CPU.

  • If you are replacing the CPU, ensure you don’t damage the pins on the new one when removing the old one.

  • Once these components have been removed, locate the CPU socket latch on your motherboard. Push this down and then gently pull the CPU out of its socket. If it comes out slowly, consult your motherboard’s manual for help.

  • Now that your CPU is removed, check to ensure there isn’t any dust or debris in the socket. Use a can of compressed air to remove any dust or lint.

  • Before reinserting the new CPU, you should clean any thermal paste from the CPU and the socket. When reinstalling the CPU, use the thermal paste to keep your processor cool during operation.

Step 3: Remove expansion cards

Removing expansion cards is an essential step in replacing your motherboard. If you have installed any additional hardware components, such as a graphics card, a sound card, or a network card, you’ll need to remove them first. Before you begin, unplug any cables connected to these cards.

  • Start by unscrewing the screws that hold the card in place. Then, use your fingers to gently pull the card out of its slot. Once you have removed the card, set it aside. Repeat this process for any additional expansion cards you have installed.

  • Once all the cards are removed, check the slots they were in. Please ensure they are free of dust and debris, as these can interfere with the new motherboard’s ability to connect correctly to the cards. Use a soft cloth to clean the slots before installing the new motherboard.

Step 4: Unplug internal cables

When you are ready to remove the motherboard, you will need to disconnect all the cables plugged into it. Start by unplugging the front panel connectors, including USB ports, audio ports, and reset switches.

  • Next, remove the power connections from the motherboard, including the ATX 24-pin power connector and the 4/8-pin CPU power connector. Make sure to unplug both of these connections before attempting to remove the motherboard.

  • Then, unplug the IDE and SATA data cables and any other internal cables that may be plugged into the motherboard. It would help if you also unplugged any external cables, such as USB or Ethernet cables.

  • Finally, unplug the motherboard’s auxiliary cables, such as the fan or LED light cables. Double-check that all cables have been properly disconnected from the motherboard when you are done.

  • Once you have unplugged the motherboard’s internal cables, you can remove the motherboard from the case. Ensure to take extra care when removing the motherboard, as it is susceptible and fragile.

How to install a new motherboard?

The process of installing a new motherboard is the exact opposite of removing it that we have just seen. Once you have removed the old motherboard and are ready to install the new one, you should follow a few key steps to ensure it is installed correctly.

  • First, start by carefully placing the new motherboard onto your case’s standoffs for mounting holes. Remove the existing standoffs or replace them with ones compatible with your new motherboard.

  • Once the new board is in place, ensure all the ports line up correctly with the connectors of your case. This includes ports for USBs, audio, and other internal components.

  • Next, secure the motherboard to the case using the screws provided. This will prevent the motherboard from shifting and causing potential damage to its components.

  • After that, you can connect the power supply cables to the motherboard. This includes power, reset, LED light, and ground wires. Refer to your motherboard’s manual for the exact locations of these cables.

  • Once all the power cables have been connected, you can begin installing the memory modules and expansion cards. Refer to your motherboard’s manual for the exact locations of these components.

  • Finally, plug in internal cables such as SATA cables, fan headers, and front panel connectors.

  • Once all these steps have been completed, you can power your computer to ensure everything is working correctly. If so, you are done, and your new motherboard is ready for use!


Removing a motherboard from a computer is a process that involves the use of proper tools, such as screwdrivers and thermal paste remover. Before starting the process, familiarize yourself with the computer layout, power off, and unplug all the cables. Unscrew and detach any attached components, then gently remove the motherboard from the case. It is crucial to be patient and not rush, as damage to the motherboard or other components can occur if not handled properly. And once it is removed, put it in an anti-static bag and place it in a safe place.

Zohaib Hassan
Zohaib Hassan is a staunch tech enthusiast and has been writing about his interactions with computers for years. He has been serving the UpdatedPC as a content manager along with experimenting and testing numerous tech masterpieces. Indeed, he often forgets about eating his spicy snacks when has his head on the computer screen.