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Should I go with Asrock or Asus (Z68) ( Story Inside)

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Hey guys, being a newbie, i assembled a rig of my own a few weeks back.

Processor: Core i5 2500k
Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V
RAM: Kingston KVR1333D3N9/4G (PC3 10600) X2
PSU: Corsair GS700W PSU
GPU: Leadtek GTX580 (Not connected to motherboard yet)

As i was experimenting between coolers, 2 slots of my RAM stopped working. The motherboard wouldn't boot if the slots A1 and B1 are occupied, where it was working prior to this.

I took it to the store where I purchased it from and was told that the CPU socket on the motherboard were bent and this was the cause of the RAM slots not working. They mentioned that ASUS doesn't RMA these sort of "accidents". They still took the board in and said that they'll send it to Asus for RMA, and that I might be charged for the fix.

I have not gotten any news as of yet, so i am still thinking if I should keep the board and pay for it to be fixed, or if I should get an Asrock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3.

I am keen on getting the Asrock, however, I found that the overclocking guides are plenty for Asus boards, whereas its quite little for the Asrock Z68 variant.

I am a newbie when it comes to overclocking so the guides would be plenty of help. I played with overclocking (offset) on the asus board, but didn't go far as i was experimenting with temperatures as well until the RAM slot stopped working.
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As long as the pins are broken off you should be able to bend them back in place so in that case you wouldn't even have to pay to get it fixed. I actually recently bought a 2nd hand x58 board online for 15 bucks with broken/bent pins and miraculously managed to fix it. The broken pins were used to provide power and the bent pins didn't have to be adjusted to press on the right place on the CPU so I didn't even have to fix it to get it working =] and its now selling again for a lot more XD.

But yeah, if no pins are broken you should be able to fix it with a needle of sorts and a keen eye along with some patience. If not socket replacement only costs something like 40 bucks so I don't think it would be worth buying a whole new board just cause your socket is bad.

Finally in terms of guides for over clocking as long as you are reading a guide that is about the same platform the information from guides is directly transferrable most of the time which is why you see more guides for specific CPUs rather than over clocking guides for specific motherboards. So if you do decide to get a new board then that won't be a problem.

If you would like a guide though just make a post here next time =]. This is where I learnt most of my tech lingo/stuff.
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Thanks Enthusiast. I had a look at another board as i learned that i could fix the bent pins, however they seemed really tiny.

For this task, i would need a magnifying glass, and a needle to straighten these pins correct? The pins are just bent and not broken.
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Thanks Enthusiast. I had a look at another board as i learned that i could fix the bent pins, however they seemed really tiny.

For this task, i would need a magnifying glass, and a needle to straighten these pins correct? The pins are just bent and not broken.
Or, you can use one of those mechanical pensil's which people who have had to do this say it work's great.
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I read about the mechanical pencil method too, but the pins are really tiny. I think more pins would be bent once the head of the mechanical pencil comes in contact with them.
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If you wanna take a chance with the wind, go ASrock with 1 year warranty. If you like the felling of protection and assurance, go Asus with 3 year warranty.
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They mentioned that ASUS doesn't RMA these sort of "accidents". They still took the board in and said that they'll send it to Asus for RMA, and that I might be charged for the fix.
Fcvk that mate, stamp your feet and refuse to pay for a replacement. Hold firm on your position and don't take a backwards step. Your attitude should be "replace it or lose my business".

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or if I should get an Asrock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3.
It'a a very good board, I have the Extreme7 and really like it. ASrock make some killer boards for the Z68 chipset, the Fatal1ty, Extreme4 & Extreme7 mobo's all rock...Warning though ASrock need to get their shi.t together on BIOS support and get updates out much quicker.
    
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I read about the mechanical pencil method too, but the pins are really tiny. I think more pins would be bent once the head of the mechanical pencil comes in contact with them.
If not use a credit card.
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