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April 11, 2013 6:23:41 PM

Well, that's not true. I actually think it may be the motherboard after having just bought a new processor. This all started when I tried to take the heatsink off a few weeks ago to reapply thermal paste. Well, the processor came out with the heatsink and I inadvertently put it back together with bent pins. Needless to say the pc did not post and I straitened the pins after noticing them but nothing changed. I'm not sure the thermal paste getting onto the socket helped any, ugh.

Thinking or hoping it was just a fried processor I ordered a new along with a watercooler. I was too sure it was processor because I wasted too much time messing with the water cooler. Unless someone else has a better idea I'm going to try to find a motherboard locally if anybody is open and cross my fingers again. On the plus side I now have a Phenom 965 .

I almost forgot to mention I had hibernated the PC before trying to do the cleaning if that helps. I did clear cmos too.

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April 11, 2013 6:43:11 PM

Okay, bent pins are never your friend.

I I have successfully cleaned a little bit of thermal paste from the CPU socket prior to putting a CPU in the socket but I think you are in trouble here.

Most likely you damaged your processor new. Try to put the old one back in the board and see if you can get that one to work. If that doesn't, I would invest in a new CPU and mobo... the FM2 seems to be a good deal for non-gamers.
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April 11, 2013 7:08:54 PM

mjmacka said:
Okay, bent pins are never your friend.

I I have successfully cleaned a little bit of thermal paste from the CPU socket prior to putting a CPU in the socket but I think you are in trouble here.

Most likely you damaged your processor new. Try to put the old one back in the board and see if you can get that one to work. If that doesn't, I would invest in a new CPU and mobo... the FM2 seems to be a good deal for non-gamers.


Thanks but are you saying I fried the new one but the old one might be ok? Ugh, why would it work now? I don't need to know I wasted $100 completely already. I'm looking for a budget board because I'll go all out next time.
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April 11, 2013 7:15:35 PM

I am saying that you might have damaged your CPU new CPU but the old one might (should) be okay. The new one wouldn't work if you bent a pin too badly. Here is a guide for fixing a bent pin: http://www.wikihow.com/Fix-Bent-Pins-on-a-CPU

Here is a tom's post about thermal compound on your motherboard: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/308545-30-thermal-gre...

Your best bet is to use a credit card to fix your bent pin and then to use 99% isopropyl rubbing alcohol to remove the thermal compound. Look at application/removal: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermal_grease

I've heard of people using tooth picks to remove thermal compound.
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April 11, 2013 7:21:00 PM

mjmacka said:
I am saying that you might have damaged your CPU new CPU but the old one might (should) be okay. The new one wouldn't work if you bent a pin too badly. Here is a guide for fixing a bent pin: http://www.wikihow.com/Fix-Bent-Pins-on-a-CPU

Here is a tom's post about thermal compound on your motherboard: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/308545-30-thermal-gre...

Your best bet is to use a credit card to fix your bent pin and then to use 99% isopropyl rubbing alcohol to remove the thermal compound. Look at applications removal: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermal_grease

I've heard of people using tooth picks to remove thermal compound.


Um the bent pins are on the old one not the new cpu.
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April 11, 2013 7:25:40 PM

Give me your PC's specs, including motherboard and CPU.
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April 11, 2013 7:29:18 PM

mjmacka said:
Give me your PC's specs, including motherboard and CPU.

my signature contains most of that. I do have a gtx 460 though.
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April 11, 2013 7:33:34 PM

Okay. What are you using for a power supply?
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April 11, 2013 7:46:59 PM

mjmacka said:
Okay. What are you using for a power supply?


Corsair tx650w
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April 11, 2013 9:10:55 PM

I know I should probably try all those other tests but this wasn't a new build or an upgrade. I can understand both the cpu and mb becoming fried but not the ram or anything else that wasn't touched. I do need to build my mom a budget pc so the extra parts will at least find a use. If my new cpu happens to be bad I'd suppose newegg would still exchange it.
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April 12, 2013 4:37:55 AM

You could send it back and claim that it came damaged. I would probably look for a refurb board, I've seen those for $40 and use that for testing on yours then use it for your mom's PC.
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April 12, 2013 5:29:09 PM

mjmacka said:
You could send it back and claim that it came damaged. I would probably look for a refurb board, I've seen those for $40 and use that for testing on yours then use it for your mom's PC.


Cool, cool. I tried throwing the old cpu in like you said but nothing changed of course. Doesn't seem as if newegg has any refurbished am3 or am3+ motherboards but the MSI 970a-g43 has caught my eye. Sounds like it'll be almost another 2 weeks before I get this done and I hate using my phone especially for this.
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April 12, 2013 6:19:51 PM

I you have time to kill, you could completely remove the board and put it back in the case with the new CPU. Redoing all of the connections wouldn't hurt, in case it's a contact short or something silly like that.

Both newegg and tiger have boards starting at $40. They don't look amazing but they aren't a bad replacement if to get your current rig working again.
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May 10, 2013 8:01:53 PM

Whew, finally found the old email with the link back here which was impossible on my phone after a few days had passed. So, about a week ago after finally receiving the replacements for the first parts I bought I added the new motherboard and 2nd set of RAM to the mix. Thanks to having tried to install the Antec Kuhler 920 on the ol' motherboard I quickly got everything together. The first boot was a text book example besides freezing but that was Windows' fault. I cannot tell if going from 4GB to 8GB or RAM has improved anything but losing the ol' air cooled CPU heat sink has done wonders for the case and especially my video card. So far I have yet to hear to jet engine of a fan on the video card that I did also reapply thermal paste to it's heat sink and I can swear that somehow in all of this upgrading my video rendering must have sped up. From what I can tell the CPU barely crosses 51C while the liquid may go from 33C to 43C so I'm really looking forward to overclocking finally. Even the 2 120MM fans on the radiator hardly go over 700 rpms but it's fun to set it to the Extreme setting and hear what it can really do while seeing the temp drop noticeably faster.

Thank you for your suggestions mjmacka!
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