Ok i just bought a new e6400 and a GA-965P-DS3 motherboard. Now this is sorta a dumb question for most of you but im installing the processor and i got it in its little cage but then it wants me to close the cage thing and it feels like its gunna need some force for it to close. Like a good amount of force to close the little cage. Is that what is supposed to happen or did i do something wrong?
Also, make sure you align the processor correctly.
Not really. It just should close with minimum force if its aligned properly. Make sure the cpu is rotated in the socket so that side of the cpu with the indent is the same side as the side of the socket with the outdent.
Mine needed some effort as well. At 1st I thought I was doing something wrong, because I've installed upwards of 300 CPU's & this was the 1st 775 socket install for me. This needed more muscle than ever before to clinch down the lever than any previous CPU I've ever installed in the past 15yrs. I guess it's different for everyone.
The PGA ZIF sockets need just about no force to close- or at least the socket 478, 939, and 604 CPUs I have installed haven't needed any, nor have the DIP ZIF sockets I've used in lab. So if there was any resistance, something was bunked up and you did NOT crank on the lever. So I could imagine that he'd be nervous about cranking down on the LGA lever. I've never done an LGA chip, so I can't tell you.