Can I install this CPU fan without removing the Motherboard?

Hey guys,

I recently bought a Hyper Evo 212 for my computer with a Cooler Master Elite 430 Mid Tower case, and I was wondering if it would be faster and easier to just install it with the motherboard inside the case.

I've heard that for most ssituations doing this is more trouble than it's worth, but my particular case has a little window behind the cpu's portion of the mortherboard specifically for this. Furthermore, my particular fan does not want me to screw the clunky fan directly into the motherboard bracket, but to install the bracket first using the included standoffs and then screw the fan down into the standoffs.

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So my plan is to avoid taking everything apart by first removing the stock fan and brackets and then standing the computer upright so that I can hold the bracket in place on one side of the motherboard while securing it with the standoffs on the other. Once all of the standoffs are secured, I plan to then set the case on its side, apply the thermal grease, and then screw down the fan into the standoffs (in a star pattern of course).
Would this be a good plan, or is there something I'm missing?

Thanks guys :)
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  1. Best answer
    Yes you can. It appears that you have a CPU cutout in your case so you are good to go to do that.

    You don't need to remove everything. Remove the stock fan. Get some isopropyl alcohol should be some in a first aid kit if you have that and remove the thermal paste. The Hyper 212 EVO comes with pre applied thermal/and or comes with a tube of thermal just mount the cooler and you are good to go.
  2. If the case has a sufficient size opening behind the CPU, no, you don't have to take the motherboard out.

    Install the bracket, then install the heatsink. With appropriate thermal paste.
  3. Ok, it's in and everything looks good guys! Thanks for the help :)
  4. Not a problem enjoy your cooler :)
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