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post #1 of 26
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So... yesterday I got my i5-2500k and ASUS Sabertooth P67 board. After doing a couple of dry runs with the thermal paste (to get the right amount) I went to mount it but I did something wrong.

I forgot to latch down the CPU. I had the CPU in the socket, but I didn't have the "holder" on top of it and I didn't have it locked.

I then installed my bolt-through heatsink and screwed it 100% tight and twisted slightly (to break in the thermal paste).

Should the CPU and motherboard be OK? I didn't have the CPU in backwards or anything. I just didn't latch it down so I'm worried about how tight I bolted my heatsink and the fact that I twisted the heatsink (which might be moved the CPU in the socket just a tiny tiny bit).

The bottom of the CPU looks OK though...
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post #2 of 26
Does it run? I don't think the processor moving slightly would effect it any, I don't even think there is very much room for it to even move. As long as you had a heatsink on it, your processor couldn't have over heated, and even then without the heatsink it still has an over heat protection that would have kicked in very soon.
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post #3 of 26
Only real way to test it is to see if it runs.
If the temps got high maybe but unless it wasnt actually touching the CPU under load I'd say your ok.
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post #4 of 26
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I never turned the system on. I just noticed that I had installed the heatsink wrong (ie. the CPU wasn't latched down) so I removed it. The system hasn't been powered on yet. (it's all new parts)

I was worried about bolting the heatsink too tight, and twisting the heatsink on top of the cpu. (the CPU can move very, very little inside the socket)
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post #5 of 26
I'd say, you're probable be OK
Just wake-up and think about what you're doing
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post #6 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by sofakng View Post
I never turned the system on. I just noticed that I had installed the heatsink wrong (ie. the CPU wasn't latched down) so I removed it. The system hasn't been powered on yet. (it's all new parts)

I was worried about bolting the heatsink too tight, and twisting the heatsink on top of the cpu. (the CPU can move very, very little inside the socket)
Oh well then you will be fine as long as the CPU couldn't move enough to damage one of the pins
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post #7 of 26
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You see, this is what happens when you have a newborn at home and a severe lack of sleep.

Quick question - how much should I tighten (ie. bolt) my heatsink? I had it bolted 100% of the way down because it seemed OK and I could still twist the heatsink slightly.
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post #8 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by dan_ep82 View Post
Oh well then you will be fine as long as the CPU couldn't move enough to damage one of the pins
Or crack the CPU. Ive seen it happen before when the latch wasn't secure.
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post #9 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by sofakng View Post
It seemed OK and I could still twist the heatsink slightly.
Sounds about right.
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post #10 of 26
Oh, and I don't know if your Ram fits the same as on my MoBo?
But if it does, make extra effort to seat it right!
On my MoBo, the Ram is only clipped one end. And is a little bit fiddly to seat properly
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