I reseated the heat sink again. The paste had run to the edge of the processor and seemed thick. I used half as much as before.
Same exact result, 10 minutes of running in BIOS followed by power off.
Reset CMOS. System rebooted. System shut down within 2 minutes.
By the way, this processor does not ship with a fan. So I could order another fan to try as a substitute. Was thinking of the Intel liquid cooler for the 2011 socket.
What are most likely explanations?:
*corsair h100 not working properly
*intel 3960x damaged
*memory getting hot and failing
I have tried to find out what other people are experiencing with the 3960x. Is 86 degrees normal for that chip (at idle)?