Quick background and then a "simple" question.
Bought a new cpu and motherboard; i7 930 and an EVGA X58 3x SLI. Also got a three pack of DDR3 ram. Mobo would not boot with the ram fully populated and yes, they were in the correct slots. Each ram module tests fine under Microsoft's memory tester. Flashed the BIOS a couple of times and got a system that now runs, but only showing 4gb out of 6gb. Many posts at EVGA forum with same problem. Some solutions proposed are that the third-party cooler, a Cooler Master V8 in my case, might be the cause of the CPU not seating perfectly and the pins not being perfectly aligned. Also proposed is to loosen the retaining brackets on the backside of the mobo, as they could be too tight thus causing the pin alignment problem mentioned above.
So as I prepare to tear the computer apart one more time and as I contemplate trying the stock Intel CPU cooler on the motherboard I am left to wonder and ask, just how tight should the retaining brackets be when reassembling? Do I need a special torque wrench? I've never really seen anything that says tighten "x" amount.
Klueless in Kalifornia