I could see "bent pins on the CPU socket" being an issue if you were in the process of installiing the board for the first time or upgrading the CPU, but since the machine failed on you after having run fine for over two years, I sincerely doubt that's the issue with your board. Before RMAing this board to EVGA, I would recommend a couple of things: 1. Make sure that you use extreme caution when removing both the CPU and its heatsink and fan from the motherboard (so that you don't inadvertently cause a bent pin to become an issue). 2. To ensure that bent pins do not occur during the motherboard's trip back to EVGA's RMA address, take special care to package the motherboard with not only a sturdy cardbard box, but also use plenty of packing material to keep the motherboard from suffering any undue damage from the most hamhanded and clumsy courier alive. The idea of taking pictures of the CPU socket is a good one, just make sure you take several of them (from several different angles) to sufficiently prove to EVGA that a bent pin was not an issue when it was in your possession (in case the socket somehow suffers damage during shipping back to EVGA). I know this seems like overkill, but this is what I would do if I had an Intel motherboard with this issue.
One question: Since EVGA claims that the problem you are experiencing is a memory issue, have you tried running the machine with only one stick of memory in the motherboard at a time?