However, the processor has been in that socket for 4 years. I don't think they are meant to be taken out of sockets often, because the pins in the motherboard are sharp, and when you install a cpu they kind of poke inside the gold plating to ensure good contact.
This is perfect for one time installment. However, the more times you uninstall and install the cpu, the more damaged the gold connectors get, up untill a point that one or more pins don't have any gold to connect to .
I speeded up this process by making a big mistake : When the cpu was not clamped down yet, i used a cloth to give the processor one last whipe . This caused the processor to move ever so slightly in the socket.
At first i didn't even think about this becoming a problem, untill i fired up my computer. > Code 55, memory not found
I took 1 memory bank out, and thank god it fired up again. I now have to use slots 2 and 4 , because slot 1 is definatly not working anymore. The modules still run in dual channel mode, and there don't seem to be any stability issues , but i could have easily destroyed more gold connectors by doing what i did.
Temps have dropped considerably (-20 degrees), ambient temp is almost 30 degrees celcius atm, and @ 4,8 ghz and 1.4 Vcore, the cores stay under 80 degrees @ full load prime95. This is with a 50 dollar coolermaster watercooling set, it has a tiny radiator.
So it was worth it, but don't mess with the cpu until it's clamped down