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Anyway to check if I accidentally damaged the CPU?

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December 17, 2013 1:33:32 AM

Hi everyone, I just finished my first build tonight, booted it up and installed OS. So far everything works fine. But I'm a little concerned about the CPU. When I installed the CPU cooler I may have screwed the heatsink on too tight, I tried to loosen it a bit afterward, but I'm just a little uneasy. It's been running fine so far, the CPU temp is idling at about 26 degrees Celsius. I'm hoping CPUs aren't that fragile but just want to make sure.

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December 17, 2013 1:37:27 AM

CPU coolers usually can't be overtightened because they incorporate features to either limit how far you can screw them down or by using bendable metal arms who limit the mounting pressure. CPUs are also very robust. You should be totally fine.
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December 17, 2013 1:38:04 AM

the cpu s are indeed not fragile....your cpu is working fine.

any physical damage would have resulted in a complete failure of the cpu....so you are fine.

just in order to ease yourself, you can prime 95 for a couple of hours
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December 17, 2013 1:50:21 AM

The only real way to physically damage a CPU is damaging the pins, and if you damaged one you'd know it by now.
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December 17, 2013 2:14:40 AM

Thanks guys for the fast replies!
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