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Installing i5 2500k in MSI P67A-GD65 - HELP

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June 14, 2011 10:49:52 AM

Hi

Im busy with my very first build and I'm at the point of installing the cpu. I have put the cpu into the socket correctly, closed the metal cover, but now when i want to pull down the load lever and lock it in place under the metal cover, theres a lot of resistance! its like the lever is applying too much pressure down on the cpu and the metal cover.

Should it require that much pressure? I don't want to push harder because it feels like i am going to break something.

Please help!! I am 100% sure that the cpu is in the socket correctly.

Thanks
June 14, 2011 1:01:03 PM

abdul89 said:
Hi

Im busy with my very first build and I'm at the point of installing the cpu. I have put the cpu into the socket correctly, closed the metal cover, but now when i want to pull down the load lever and lock it in place under the metal cover, theres a lot of resistance! its like the lever is applying too much pressure down on the cpu and the metal cover.

Should it require that much pressure? I don't want to push harder because it feels like i am going to break something.

Please help!! I am 100% sure that the cpu is in the socket correctly.

Thanks

If the pins are in the correct positions you are fine.

My i5 2500K in an Asus board took quite a bit of pressure. (alot of pressure)

You might think you are crushing it. but you are not.
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June 14, 2011 1:06:48 PM

A few things to look for:
1: double check that you have an 1155 pin i5 (one of the 2xxx series).
2: double check that you have the rotation right and that the CPU sits flat in the LGA socket, and that it does not move if you try to move it side to side
3: make sure that the metal LGA cover is not warped or bent. They are designed in such a way that there is no direct pressure from the pressure bar to the CPU. The pressure bar will only put pressure on the plate, which will fit snugly around the CPU (ie, if you feel like the CPU is in danger then something is wrong). There is quite a bit of pressure with the newer LGA sockets (I am on LGA 775 and there is hardly any pressure at all in comparison), but again, if you feel like you are breaking something then something is wrong.
Check this vid to get an idea of the pressure applied: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioAhcu8Bkz4
About 4 min in he installs the CPU and there is obviously more pressure involved than he was expecting, but still not so much that it was a problem.
4: Look for any warpage of the MoBo, socket, CPU, or damage. Everything should be flat and smooth (with the obvious exception of all of those parts tacked on the board). It is no unheard of for companies to repackage returned products without doing a full test. It is rare, but you might just be lucky.
5: If you think that is fun, just wait till you get to Intel's bizarre push and twist method for getting the heat sink on. I never felt it was on right until I bought an aftermarket. Just be sure to check the back side of the MoBo to make sure that all pins are visually secure before mounting in your case.


Anywho, good mobo choice, that is one I am considering upgrading to if I can get life to stop charging me for silly things like tires, stoves and water heaters lol.

Good Luck!
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July 26, 2011 9:12:40 PM

abdul89 said:
Hi

Im busy with my very first build and I'm at the point of installing the cpu. I have put the cpu into the socket correctly, closed the metal cover, but now when i want to pull down the load lever and lock it in place under the metal cover, theres a lot of resistance! its like the lever is applying too much pressure down on the cpu and the metal cover.

Should it require that much pressure? I don't want to push harder because it feels like i am going to break something.

Please help!! I am 100% sure that the cpu is in the socket correctly.

Thanks


I am just interested did you work it out. I have exactly the same problem and its really annoying because it feels like I really have to put too much pressure. Please if you can let me know if you solved the problem. Thanks!

George
July 26, 2011 9:25:43 PM

it takes considerably more pressure than it seems like it should. i have the exact same motherboard, and i agree, it was quite scary.

as for installing the stock cooling fan, some helpful tips:
-make sure the wire that comes wrapped around the fan isnt interfering with the fans rotation.
-there is NO TWISTING involved, twisting resets the pins. To install the cooler you only need to push down on the pins. I strongly suggest that you play with one of the pins (push it in, and then twist to reset it) before you install it so you can see how it works.
-dont forget to remove the sticker that is covering the grey paste on the bottom of the heatsink
-push down pins on opposite sides of the heatsink, instead of clockwise/counterclock wise:
1 3
4 2
!