Disclaimer: I know, I was careless doing this on air cooling, and I assume the entire responsability of my actions, don't think I'm whinning here, I just want to understand better. And its not a bad thing it happened, I now have a new Athlon XP system. Thanks.
I'd just like to know, because I killed my older computer (dah Duron 850!) when OCing. I don't have spare parts, so I can't test if it's the CPU, mb or RAM that died. I want to build a small server with the remaining parts, but not knowing what I fried, it's hard to know what to buy.
Here's what happened on that dreadfull night:
I began to OC quite smoothly, incrementing the multi at +0.5 intervals from the stock 8.5x, if I remember correctly. All was fine and stable all along, idle temp hadn't rised that much.
At about 10x, my ASUS probe monitoring program began to send voltage warnings. Strange thing though, 'cause I haven't changed any voltage settings in the BIOS. I quickly shut it down. For some reason, when I rebooted in order to tweak down the multi, it refused to boot even the BIOS. The PSU and CPU fans turned, the HD light stayed in steady ON state... but nothing else.
I removed the CPU, and it doesn't look damaged, no burn mark, nothing, except some tiny "bubble marks", kinda circles of somewhat darked color. Maybe it's normal, maybe not.
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In some way, I'd like to have fried the mobo, I want a microATX one for my server... But in some other way, I'd like to have a "new" T-bird CPU... And I don't have $ for both right now.
Well, all this to know: Is tweaking only the CPU multi is dangerous for the RAM/mb?
Sorry for the lenght, I'm a "detail" sorta guy.