Originally Posted by seward
btw don't be too hard on yourself. This is how things go when you start this hobby. You're out a few hundred bucks (maybe), but you've learned a bit. Many of the savviest folks on this forum - much, MUCH more knowledgeable than me - have a fried component or two in their past. As for me, I still have no idea what I did to make the capacitor on that Enermax psu pop...but I'm a lot more careful about raising volts and fsb on a new rig now. And any money you may have lost will be regained, with interest, when you get a $200 chip to run much much faster than the most expensive $1000+ chip on the market.
Well the thing is, I'm not quite sure if I've learned anything because I don't think I did anything wrong, aside from buying second hand and using a chip that isn't on warranty. The thing is out of everything that could possibly happen, this is the last thing I would have expected. I didn't even think it was possible to fry a chip just because of "bad luck" without even ever attempting to OC.
Also, I'm still hopeful for a reply from the guy I bought the board from, he seemed like a very stand up guy.