Originally posted by: kokoblack did it get the wrong parts? i have put together pcs together before but never this difficult to attach the cooling unit.
MAKE SURE THE CPU IS INSTALLED CORRECLTY INTO THE SOCKET!!
Match up the "little triangle" that is located on one corner of the CPU, to the "little triangle" on the CPU socket on the motherboard.
If you are using the stock CPU heatsink that came with the FX-8320, it should just work with the mounting system on the motherboard. Make sure the locking clip is in the "unlocked" position. It will require a little bit of pressure to get it mounted.
The FX-8320 is NOT on the support list for the AsRock 970 Extreme4 motherboard. The 95W alternative - the FX-8300 - is under the support list.
The AsRock 970 Extreme4 also a 4+1 power phase design. If you plan to do any overclocking with the FX-8320, I suugest that you get return the motherboard, and get something more capable (if you still can).
You typically want a 4+2 power phase motherboard as a MINIMUM, and a 6+2 or 8+2, of better, if you plan to do any high frequency and high votlage overclocking. The FX-8350 / FX-8350 pulls in a lot of current/power when you are pushing ~4.8GHz and shoving lots of voltages/current at it.
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