Since you're RMA'ing the motherboard you have no worries.... the fragile bits on S775 are the pins on the motherboard socket. I've seen suggestions that they're only considered good for around 15 CPU installations before they start to wear out.Yes I used AS5 on the heatsinks. This is going to be even more of a headache than normal because I am going to have to RMA my CPU cooler as well, the backplate for my Tuniq Tower is stuck to the bottom of the mobo. The really depressing thing is I had a similar problem with my old Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe, the mobo heatsink was loose and I got similar crashes whenever I had both cards (7950GT x2) in and it got too hot out.
So from my original NCIX order I am going to have to RMA 3 things:
- defective Corsair ram
- overheating motherboard
- CPU cooler
Depressing to say the least! One final question, how many times can you clean/reseat a Q6600? I must have already done it 4~6 times trying to figure out all of the problems I have been having with this build. I'm afraid that I am going to bend a pin somewhere and end up spending another $300 on a new one.