Posted 12 April 2009 - 12:45 PM
"The PSU is an Antec 450w"
I suppose that kind of kills the "Bestec" theory.
From what you said in your first post the only way you are going to find out what is actually bad is to try the CPU on a different motherboard or try a different CPU on your motherboard [which I wouldn't do, if the mobo is defective it might kill a second CPU]
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