I would like to share my first experience with this mod and get some advice on how to proceed next
I got an old computer with GA-965P-DS3 board from my father. It has an E6300 CPU in it. I decided to do some experimenting so I bought an X5492 and mod sticker. This PC was fully working on arrival. I have no real mod experience yet and certainly not with this socket.
Step 1: Applied mod sticker. No problems there.
Step 2: Removed old CPU. First thing I noticed was that the pins looked a bit "odd", like the top of the pins had been bent slightly into one direction. But I knew the PC was working so I assumed this is normal.
Step 3: Removed tabs: I bent a few pins but managed to straighten them out.
Step 4: I first wanted to try with the old CPU so I put it back in. I replaced the cooler but I didn't have any cooling paste. I figured it was just to see if the system could boot so it should be fine.
The board, removed from the computer wouldn't boot even after shorting the power pins.
So I put it back in the case (power button wires were too short) and reconnected everything.
I could boot but the computer turned itself off after a few seconds. I never managed to get into the bios but when I did nothing, it tried to find a working disk, so the CPU was really working. In the meantime the speaker was screaming like a child.
Step 5: re-removed old CPU and put Xeon in. This is probably where I botched horribly.
It didn't really fit in 100% but I could close the socket.
Board + fans start but screen remains black. No audio signal.
CPU turns hot though (about 60 °C).
Step 6: reset BIOS. System died permanently. When I turn the power supply on, the keyboard leds light up briefly but the system doesn't start. No fans, no lights, no audio, no screen.
Step 7: removed Xeon: more pins bent. I realize my mistake in step 5 and try to straighten them out. Several runs with old CPU give me nothing. Also the old CPU didn't fall perfectly into place anymore. I probably ruined the socket.
Now the important question I have: is it still worth it to get a new motherboard? The Xeon costs about 70€, shipping included but I can't verify if I fried it or not. I presume the motherboard is beyond repair now, or should I still try to straighten more pins?
(can you really destroy the board if some pins are shortened?)
EDIT: I managed to actually break off a pin. So that's that. Either new LGA775 mobo or just sell the CPU. I can get a
Sorry for the high n00b level, but I have to start somewhere.
PS: I read the whole shebang at the beginning of this thread.
PPS: some pictures:Edited by Quantumdot - 4/19/15 at 7:10am