Ok, curious about this. i needed to disassemble my pc to give a full cleaning. Upon reassembly, the speaker give mes a few beeps and the post screen tells me the cpu is at 127c. before shutdown it was idling around 50c, which is what inspired the cleaning. i removed some things out of the case and restructured the internals to get better airflow, especially on the heatsink. i removed the heatsink to give it a thorough cleaning. i used rubbing alcohol, a q-tip, and lint free cloth to clean off the old thermal paste. reapplied arctic silver 5 and reassembled. upon the boot that gave me the high temp, i disassembled again, and ensured proper seating of the heatsink, i noticed one of the screws on the bracket on the mobo was kinda loose. i retightened and the bracket is aparently a bit stripped out. i reordered the bracket and am waiting for arrival.
my main question is, is the chip cooked? due to the not 100% seating of the heatsink? or is something else the problem.
16gb G.Skill Ripjaws 1866
Asus M5A99X EVO
C750M Corsair PSU
PS. I have done no overclocking whatsoever.