Hi, i found this ASUS P5E3 premium motherboard and i have this Intel Pentium D 3Ghz processor. I think there are a couple tiny specs of Thermalright CF2 in the cpu socket instelf and also 1 pin seems to be slightly raised above the others and maybe out of place. Could these problems cause an issue when installing the cpu and trying to get the pc running?
Also while i'm asking these things, i have a HDD with vista already installed, am i able to use that as the HDD or will it not boot up and cause problems also?
You should be able to clean up that CPU and install it. The 1 pin may be a issue but it may not be as well, if you do have a problem you will know what to look at. A fresh windows install will most likely be needed.