A friend of mine game me his Maximus Formula. He burnt out his Q9400 on it and isn't sure it works, and didn't want to mess with it.
I don't have a heatsink with a bracket that will work on it right now. My plan is to put my e6300 in it, lay the case on its side, and put my Zalman 9700 on top - just set it on there, and then run memtest for a weekend or so.
Think that'll be a reliable test? thoughts/suggestions/namecalling welcome.
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Only ever had 1 CPU burn itself out and when I replaced it with another the motherboard burnt that out also, so that may be something to consider if you buying a brand new CPU for it.
Did your freind overclock the system if he did I would go into BIOS and set everything to default.
and Memtest does only test the RAM, so Prime95 would be better for you if you have an operating system installed, if not get a copy of Hirens Boot CD theres bound to be something on it for testing the CPU outside Windows.
Yeah, he did OC it, he seemed pretty sure that's what killed the CPU. I was hoping to be able to avoid scrounging up an extra sata drive and installing an OS but seems like that's my best option. i already need to find a PCI-E video card that will run on the antec 430 I have in it.
what about the whole "set the heatsink on top of the CPU" without attaching it? think that'll be a problem?
Well if my 2nd year science class sees me right pressure would not be needed as touching will be enough, the HeatSink is only there to disperse the heat and if the 2 metals are touching then this should be enough.