Here was the setup:
ASUS P4C800-E Deluxe mainboard
P4 2.6Ghz CPU (which was the bad part)
Arctic Cooling 4ProL HSF (was set to LOW cooling for low db as opposed to Med or High RPMs)
RADEON 9600XT VGA w/Arctic Cooling VGA Silencer (AGP)
Maxtor 120GB HD
2X 5.25 CD drives + Floppy
450W PSU (stock, came with case, exhaust fan was failing)
5X 80mm case fans (stock, came with case, some starting to lose performance)
I was able to get the funds to replace the CPU with a P4 3.0Ghz chip. Also replaced the PSU with a 450W Cooler Master w/120mm fan, 5X Cooler Master 80mm case fans to replace the stock fans (2X rear, 2X front, 1X side-panel), and sleeved IDE/Floppy cables to replace the ribbons to try and get better airflow. Also increasded the HSF to max RPM as opposed to low for a lower db output. There is a generous about of thermal paste between the CPU and the HSF.
The new CPU lasted less than a week. It just blew again last night.
I built the rig about a year and a half ago and have never had any hardware/cooling issues. It has now fried 2 chips in less than a week. Does anyone have any idea what could be causing this? The CPU warranty was void the second I installed it myself, but on the other hand, there's no point in replacing it again if some issue is causing the chips to fry.
I'm about at my wits end with this. Please respond if you have any idea what the poroblem may be. I really need that PC up and running.
Edited by SomeGuy05, 23 August 2005 - 12:03 PM.