One of my machines had an Intel Core 2 Quad processor, a 2.4GHz example. It sat on an MSI P35 Neo2 motherboard with a big heatsink and all the usual peripherals etc. It ran 24/7 as a web server and BOINC cruncher for some years without issue at stock clock speed.
Last summer it froze. When I noticed, may have been several days, I restarted it and it continued as it always had. Watching it a bit more carefully now, it's next freeze happened a month or so later. Long story short, the freezes starting happening at shorter and shorter intervals until at about 6 hours working on just two cores, I decided it was effectively dead. To this day, my assumption is the continuous heavy workload, from BOINC mostly, had effectivly killed the CPU.
First question, is my assumption there good, is there another possibility?
I bought another CPU chip, a 3GHz Core 2 on e-bay. Fitted it, I have been building machines for perhaps 20 years, so know what I am doing. Powered it up and it will not start, I get the BIOS messages, but it goes no further, quite repeatable. Looking around, I can't see a BIOS upgrade or anything missing.
Second question, have I bought a duff chip, or is there another possibility?
Lets leave it there, the post is becoming a novel.