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Just recently I happened to clean my CPU (i5 3570k), and I went ahead and completely took the CPU out of the socket. I happened to get a little piece of dried up thermal compound on the bottom of the CPU, and then put it into the socket, and bent about 5 pins on my motherboard. I immediately tore down the computer when it wasn't posting, and haven't tried to bend the pins on the motherboard back yet.

I took the CPU out of the socket and noticed a small piece of dried up thermal compound and removed it.

Can this damage my CPU?
Will it post in a new motherboard?
Is there a possibility it will bend pins on a new motherboard? (I've cleaned it already)
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post #2 of 11
The motherboard is done, no matter if you try to bend back the pins, you need extreme precision for this. It happen once to me and it was impossible to put the pins back to their original position, and it was minimal damage with only two bent pins. (Magnifying glass + needle was impossible, even my girlfriend tried with her small hands and it never posted (socket 1366)).

I think if you correctly clean the CPU and don't scratch it underneath. If you clean everything thoroughly, I'm pretty sure it will post since Intel CPU don't have pins anymore since socket 775.

Good luck thumb.gif
Edited by KaRLiToS - 2/13/13 at 9:11pm
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post #3 of 11
if you have clean the contacts on the bottom of the CPU properly it shouldnt bend any pins on another mobo. i doubt you have hurt your CPU but still worth testing.

forst tho i would make sure the there is no paste in the socket of your damaged mobo and use a mechanical pencil and carefully straight the pins. pop the CPU back in and see if it works smile.gif
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The motherboard is done, no matter if you try to bend back the pin, you need extreme precision for this. It happen once to me and it was impossible to put the pins back to their original position, and it was minimal damage with only two bent pins.

I think if you correctly clean the CPU and don't scratch it underneath. If you clean everything thoroughly, I'm pretty sure it will post since Intel CPU don't have pincs anymore since socket 775.

Good luck thumb.gif

I bent 2 pins back with my epeen skills and extreme concentration. Plus, it doesn't help to have a 10X magnifying glass laying around. Old people, so blind.

If you got some thermal compound on the pads on the bottom of the CPU, just take a nice anti-static cloth and wipe it down with some rubbing alcohol (I use 91%).
 
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post #5 of 11
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Yeah I looked at it and I just about cried when I noticed the pins were bent, because I knew there wasn't a way that I was going to fix them. I don't have the patience, or the precision. Hahah.

But I'm going home in about 2 hours and going to plop it into a new board and hope that it posts.
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post #6 of 11
If you have bent the pins on the socket where the cpu sit's then i don't think it would be much of an issue, as currently, even my board has pins that are bent but i working quite right and have it o/ced to 4.5Ghz.
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Yeah I looked at it and I just about cried when I noticed the pins were bent, because I knew there wasn't a way that I was going to fix them. I don't have the patience, or the precision. Hahah.

But I'm going home in about 2 hours and going to plop it into a new board and hope that it posts.

I have been known in my family to take on extremely tough jobs that require lots of patience and precision. Of which, I find odd, as I have ADHD...
 
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You guys have been great. I know I had a total noob moment with this situation, but OCN members have restored my faith in my hardware working again! thumb.gif
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Well everyone, the chip booted right up with the new motherboard (ASRock Extreme4) and home (Corsair 600t). Everything seems to be working perfectly fine.
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