Originally Posted by deadlylover
Oof, looks like you hit a wall there at around 4.2ghz.
Are you allowed to return the CPU for another one? I'd imagine most shops will refuse an exchange, because the chip isn't faulty at all, it works perfectly fine.
I'm pretty sure Micro Center will allow one return, maybe two...but the third would definitely make them suspicious.
I'll back off and run at 4.2 GHz in the meantime, which I know is stable. Trying to just hit 4.4 GHz is taking all the fun out of this new build.
Meanwhile...I just noticed that some of my GTX 480's screws were not tightened all the way, so I corrected that. For some reason, that was enough to get the card to work like it's supposed to. I suspect a somewhat faulty BGA connection somewhere that's being held together by the HSF heatplate being clamped against the PCB pretty hard by those screws.
It seems reliable enough for now, but this does mean I can't use my DD-GTX480 waterblock, which sucks. One thing's for sure, though: whatever my next graphics card is, I'm going to seriously consider a pre-waterblocked one. Or make sure to get a waterblock with a bloody backplate this time. I don't know what Danger Den was thinking, hanging a heavy mass of copper off a PCB with no supporting backplate...
Anyway, let's see what the 4670K can do over the ol' Q6600, especially with the GTX 480 operational again to mitigate any GPU bottlenecks.