Holy moly! omg thanks man! So I'm new to this overclocking and correct me if I'm wrong, but I guess the auto settings on the mobo pulls the voltages from the VID tables on the CPU. Since I had my cache at 45x, I guess it defaults to >1.4v for that multiplier if I have it set to auto. I guess HWINFO doesn't state the cache voltage? Anyway, I'll set the cache to adaptive mode instead of manual since I want to run my min cache to auto and have the max set to whatever I can get it stable at 1.25v.
No wonder I couldn't get Linux to boot! It was probably going through a kernel panic that's why the computer would shut off. My OC was probably not stable but strange how AIDA64 didn't crap out. Maybe because the cache was at >1.4v lol but don't know why Linux was more finicky about it. Anyway, do you think I just degraded the crap out of my CPU? I've only been stress testing for about a week. Do overvoltaging immediately degrade it or it all "depends"?