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How can I tell if the CPU Socket Pins for my motherboard are bent?

  • Motherboards
  • Intel i7
  • Socket
  • CPUs
Last response: in Motherboards
June 1, 2013 10:41:13 PM

I am in the process of building a new system. I am using an Intel I7-3770k CPU and an Asus P8Z77-V LE Plus LGA 1155 Intel Z77 motherboard. I was getting ready to install the CPU and cooler and when I started to remove the motherboard from the packaging I noticed the plastic CPU Socket cover was loose in the packaging and not attached to the CPU Socket and covering it. I immediately looked at the CPU Socket to determine if there were any problems and I noticed that some of the pins seemed out of place. Admittedly they are so small that I can't tell for certain if they are bent or if there is a problem. I took a couple of pictures of what saw.

This may sound like a silly question, but how do I tell if the pins are actually bent? Does this make the motherboard unusable? Should I return the motherboard to Asus for a replacement? I am trying to be very cautious and I don't want to attempt to install the CPU if it might damage it or the motherboard.

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June 1, 2013 11:00:28 PM

I'd say those pins are bent, wouldnt try using it.
Sens those images to the retailer you bought the board from and you should be able to get a replacement from them.