Hey, just got a EVGA nForce 790i SLI FTW 132-YW-E179-A1 Motherboard with "a few bent pins" for $50 dollars. I haven't gotten to look at it yet, but if it is what is says [light damage], can they be self-straightened and maybe fit into the cpu? I read the pins would straighten if put with a cpu.
If not self-straightened [I saw a post here - Abit said they'd take the motherboard and fix it for free if they didn't have to replace anything - told to pay for shipping], would EVGA take it and fix it?
If something had to be replaced, how much would it cost? Soldering to be done?
For each bent pin the chance of failure grows. I wouldn't risk the $50. I've tried fixing a few bent pins before and never successfully, modern pins are just to fragile. Also the cost and risks of replacing the pins(due to soldering and unsoldering) on the board would make it cheaper to just buy a new board. Part of the reason they just swap out computer parts instead of fixing them.
That being said I do have a 780i running with an entire pin missing so if you really want to risk it, go for it.
I heard you can straighten bent pins with the tip of a led pencil. Just slide the pin in the pencil as if it were led and bent it back to normal. Good luck. Also before you do anything call EVGA and asked them if they would fix it.
Depends on how bent the pins are. Make sure they are straight enough to all go in the CPU for if you flatten them more because they miss the hole (heh) you could out right break them. Use the tip of a mechanical pencil or something to try and straighten them out. Do your best when inserting the CPU to align them so that they go in properly, then pray. Hopefully everything will turn out OK .