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Im quoting someone about the thermal paste you're using "IC is hard to work with even after heating and it took the print off the CPU like sandpaper". It looks like that is what happened to your CPU. Do you or a friend have a another CPU you could pop in and test? Or does someone have motherboard you could stick your CPU in? This way you can find out if it's messed up before you send it back. It would suck to RMA it only to find out it's something else that's causing the problem, like the motherboard. Good luck.