Hey Dark.Yep, that's pretty typical once a chipset family or socket goes out of production for a few years. Those who have them know that for many people 210.00 is a better option than a whole new platform so they stockpile a few of them until down the road when they become hard to find and jack the prices up. And if you add to that with the fact that a lot of hardware has been in short supply because of Covid related worker shortages in China and other countries, plus the rampant cost of gas boosting the problems with inflation, it's a nearly perfect storm.
Those pins don't look, upon casual inspection anyhow, TERRIBLY bent, so you might be able to very gently bend them back in place. It's a crapshoot though. A lot of times they will just break off beneath the surface of the socket anyhow. Or you also stand the risk of not getting it right and damaging the CPU by putting it back in.
There ARE a few other choices though, that aren't nearly as expensive.
The socket cover appeared to have a triangle. I installed the processor and swung the lever to secure the i5 in the socket. There was tension moving the lever but I trust that should be expected.I realize I am extra spooked by my first misstep but I see no markings on my H510M socket that instruct me where to line up my i5 triangle.
My i5 cpu has 3 dots on three corners and one triangle on the fourth corner.
Does anyone see the orienting socket marking in the photos above (from my previous B460M).
Admittedly, I am old and my sight isn't the best.
Any thoughts greatly appreciated.
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