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HELP! first build, CPU heat sink doesn't fit?

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October 27, 2010 1:34:49 AM

im not really sure how to explain this, this is my first build and i received all of my parts in today and started following this assembly guide: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/274745-31-step-step-g...

all was going well until i got to to installing the heat sink, i didnt order an aftermarket heat sink either. it is the heat sink that came with my CPU

for reference my motherboard is an asus M74A785TD-V, and i am the heat sink came with my phenom II X4 3.2 ghz cpu.

to describe simply the retension arms will not reach the motherboard.

will someone please tell me if i have done something wrong.
October 27, 2010 2:40:30 AM

well alright then, i just didnt think i would really have to apply force to it.
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October 27, 2010 2:51:16 AM

another question, i have 4 ram slots on my mobo, only two ram sticks, which slots should i be putting the sticks into, or does it matter?
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October 27, 2010 2:55:51 AM

read the mobo manual.
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