I was removing the the heatsink and trying to be as careful as possible, however the cpu came right out with it. I didn't have a chance to release the retention bracket either. The processor was really on there! After inspection no pins are out of place. One pin, upon very close inspection, leans VERY VERY VERY slightly, in the tiniest of ways, to the left but when looking down the row of pins one seens a straight line. I'm probably being very paranoid here but I just want some advice or maybe someone who has done the same to speak up and tell me it's going to be OK. It's a new Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition so I'm sweating bullets here... I'm RMA'ing the board I placed the processor in for other reasons but, like I said, kinda nervous. Putting together new parts is like sensitive heart surgery. :\ (RMA Thread: http://vip.asus.com/forum/view.aspx...nguage=en-us&page=1&board_id=1&model=M4A78T-E).