So I got my FX-8350 over the weekend, woohoo!
Pull the case apart, remove the GT V6, the 965, and place the FX-8350 in its spot.
Or that's how it should have gone. Wouldn't seat in the socket. Done this a thousand times, but it was early in the day, maybe i had it rotated. Flip it over, and an entire row of pins is bent into the next row!
The packaging is perfect, no dents or dings, looks like it came that way. Didn't look like it had been used before, looks like just some careless handling along the way.
So I'm torn, I bent the pins back, and eventually seated it into the socket. Do I RMA this processor? I plan on lapping it, so I'm not worried about voiding warranties or anything, so if this dies under warranty the likelihood that it will be replaced under warranty is slim. Seems to clock nicely, temps get a bit high but I've got a Thermaltake Extreme 2.0 coming, so I'll keep the temps down til then.
I just couldn't bring myself to put the CPU back in the tin and wait for an RMA (bought from TigerDirect), I was so torn between sticking with the AMD platform, or stop delaying the inevitable and jump ship to Intel. This is how my loyalty is repaid. A self-proclaimed AMD fanboy.