DO NOT play with the pins. They're not supposed to be pointing straight up. They should be at a slight angle. They "spring" against the bottom of the CPU, not point straight at it. Whatever you do, DO NOT manipulate the pins. If they're all uniform and pointing at the same angle, they're fine. If any look like they're not uniform, then don't install the CPU.
Where can I get conformation of the pins being on an angle. I ordered an ASUS P8Z68-v LX from newegg.I sent it back as an RMA an they clam that the mb cpu sock pins were bent and that is the issue and they will not replace the motherboard or give me a credit.