- Since you didn't power up the board while the processor was in the misaligned position in the socket, it should not have been damaged and should work ok (with a undamaged board (socket)).
- The processor is just sitting on the pins. The pins are essentially "spring loaded" so that they maintain good contact with the processor.
Hope this help,
...thanks Scott, Gigabyte is going to replace the socket for $45 USD so I am on hold with this build, it is my first "gamer" complete build, I feel like a real noob for not checking the pins before trying to install the cpu, so 45 bucks seems like a small price to pay for my "idiocy" ... LOL
Thanks for your expertise,
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