I've recently ordered a number of parts to build a new gaming PC, however within minutes I ran into some trouble. I decided to go with the i7 Core 965 Extreme Edition processor with the Rampage II Extreme motherboard. First I was having trouble getting the CPU into the socket (it seemed to be a really tight fit when latching, excessively so) and when I tried to put on the heatsink on I couldn't fit it. I would get one side in the hole but when I would go to the opposite side it would pop out the one that I got in. It was as if it was pivoting on something. Now I can understand wanting the heatsink to be on firmly but neither myself nor my brother (he's an IT for a rather large company and has built a few computers) could get it in.
I was simply wondering if this is normal or if others might have had this problem, if there are suggestions that I might need another heatsink, etc. If it seems like the medal legs on the heatsink were bent, something was wrong with the fitting of the CPU, or if I just didn't try hard enough (even mounted it felt like we were going to break the board from trying to force it on), etc I would appreciate any feedback.
I have sent the board back for a replacement as well as the CPU/stock heatsink and hopefully the new one will work, however I was just hoping that someone could give me some input before I get it back and try again.
(Note I have never built a computer before, however as I said my brother has, although it was a while ago and he's never mounted a heatsink like this one.)
The push-pins on Intel's stock HSF have well known engineering defects.
BEST WAY is to switch to a third-party HSF with a proper backing plate e.g.
this company is well aware of the problem with these dumb push-pins,
and they offer a "bolt-thru kit" for both LGA775 AND LGA1366 sockets:
sharken, as I said I tried however as I got one in and went to the other it would pop out the first one.
nocteratus, I tried for a while to get them in without mounting it first and I was pretty much bending the mobo trying to get it on since it wouldn't fit properly. After that didn't work I tried it mounted to see if it would give it more support.
MRFS, thank you for the help, I'm glad to see it isn't just me. I'm assuming I can just order one offline from newegg? (I'm picky about sites I order off of :x) Also would it be better for me to try the new one in hopes that it will work or would it be better for the long run just to get a whole new heatsink (ie are the stock heatsinks good when they fit compared to others since the default is free?).
Edit: Also, if you wouldn't mind could you suggest a link a good heatsink (that isn't to expensive) and a mounting system for my i7 965 EE onto a Rampage II Extreme? Thanks
Shadow, as I stated to nocteratus, I originally tried putting the HSF in before mounting and it wasn't working.
MRFS, I'm a bit of a new at this but I can't really picture how the "Thermalright LGA1366 Bolt-Thru-Kit Retail BOX Bolt-thru Board Mounting kit" would go. If you have some type of guide or pictures for it (I looked at the pictures from the link you gave me about it) I would appreciate it. It's just hard to understand how the i7 965 stock heatsink would be able to have that fit on it while keeping the bronze part with the thermal paste touching the back of the CPU.
I'll probably try the new heatsink I get (hopefully this new one won't also be defective) but if it doesn't fit either I suppose I'll try that.
Also, a bit off topic (well, not really) but under the guide at http://www.techarp.com/showarticle.aspx?artno=602&pgno=... under Step 7 it says "It will be quite loose", however when I was closing it on mine it was actually quite a tight fit, think it could just be the difference in board/normal?
I'm hoping for a replacement one anyways, although I can only assume it was seated properly. The CPU could only really fit one way with the golden arrow on the CPU lining up with the black one on the bored and it had to fit with the little circles.
That would probably explain it, I just couldn't comprehend how it would fit on the stock. Thanks for letting me know
Hey there. Can we get an update on your results with your new Mobo and i7. I just got the rampage II and expect the rest of my build by tuesday and any info that might save me some trouble may help. I have been reading a lot of reviews and it seems the i7 platform is an extremely tight fit compared to older setups. Oh, and did you get a better cooler? You just bought the best overclocking equipment and it sounded like you were using a stock fan? I read a lot of reviews and ordered the CM V8 and it showed up today and I am freaking out how big it is.
I installed my CPU while iwas in my case (Antect 900).
It worked right from the fist boot up.
The problem with my first MO was that it had bent pins in the CPU socket and I forgot to install all the standoffs to secure the MO. I left off three on the right side.
I could have bent the mo while pressing on the board when butting on the CPU.