The CPUs with exposed cores are too easy to scorch. Just one second of power on without a proper heatsink compound and heatsink and they are smoked.
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how do i know if i boght a bad processor or if i am doing something wrong? i have a AMD sempron 2400 now and i bought (off ebay) a AMD athlon and it doesnt seem to work. my computer manual says my motherboard can handle that size + some. is there anything im doing wrong? do i need to update anything? should i not have my monitor plugged into my video card? help! this is actually the second one i've bought and same results each time.
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