Fruitbat, obviously I am not understanding. In the first post today I understood you to say that bios is overclocked and cpuz showed stock settings. This last post says cpuz shows the same settings you set in bios. Those are 2 different things. CPU Frequency = Base clock X multiplier. So, I don't understand. As far as the new CPU part goes, I am running out of suggestions. As TVeblen said on page 1, either your board has gone south or the problem is the bent CPU pin. I would guess it is possible that your board reading a new CPU and your Windows Validation could be the result of the same problem. If your board is reading a new cpu then perhaps Windows validation is reading a new cpu also. All of these problems could possibly be because the bent cpu pin is causing it to not read something or reading it wrong. Bear in mind, I am hazarding a wild guess there, but that is the only plausible explanation I can come up with at the moment.