I don't think you would get replacement parts under the warranty as the damage looks very much like incorrect handling.
I thought Intel will be much easier to build but it will be costly than AMD. Plus I get really really nervous installing CPU. unlike Intel where its pinless I think I might be less nervous when installing it.
Yes it will be more expensive, but not simpler. There are still pins on a Intel build, but they are inside the MB socket. I still get a bit nervous when instilling a CPU, there is always the chance of a mishap.
This is the Intel method. > http://www.intel.com...b/CS-030860.htm
Suggested MB and CPU, > http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rrTMrH
If you live close to a Micro store, pick up only bundles, > http://www.microcent...or-bundles.aspx