Originally Posted by ripsaw
Do you have anything more to lose? If you can't get it fixed for free/cheap, why not try to bend them back. It doesn't look that bad...
Edit: Didn't see the returnable part....if it's an easy return, just do that.
Originally Posted by feznz
I am pretty confident that the pins are pretty hard to break off, I looked at the pencil method I think it applies to AMD CPUs
I have to admit I did bend 1 pin on my MVE and gave me the notorious Qcode 55, I will won't be so lazy next time and lay the case on it's side when changing out CPU.
I repaired it by using a toothpick to straighten the pin.
I think it takes good lighting, a magnifying glass, calm nerves and confidence.
Trust me it is very easy to fix I didn't bother removing the motherboard from my case but it would make it a lot easier.
Got it fixed. I've fixed many AMD cpu's, but wasn't sure about intel socket. They looked a lot easier to screw up than cpu pins.
I initially tried the mech. pencil method, but found it not precise enough. It was bumping into other pins than the one I was trying to straighten. I ended up pulling out a flathead micro screwdriver and gently pushing and prodding them until it looked like the were perfectly in line with the others.
Lighting and patience were key factors. Calm nerves and steady hands is what it took. ( I am an accomplished welder and fabricator = steady hands). It was like delidding - kinda scary at first, but after, you don't know why you were in the first place.. Pretty easy.
The guys going to give me a discount for the trouble. Already was getting a good deal, now it ends up costing as much as my MVF.
I was looking at finally getting a traditional case, but with all the options on this mobo, I think I'll be happier with a bench case. Looking at Phobya WaCoolT Benchcase. Much easier to read sensors, swap hardware and such
I am a bit miffed and disappointed that the MVE bios doesn't have the dram/ clock ratio adjustment between 100:100 and 100:133 It limits dram frequency (ability to overclock), and I have to downclock my 2000mhz ram to 1866. Why would MVF have this and not the Extreme??? Am I missing it? Is it adjusted somewhere else on the MVE?Edited by hotrod717 - 7/4/13 at 5:49am