Kinda been jealous as hell of all those lucky Europeans getting those Q822A435 E0 E8600's that do 4.5ghz stable @ 1.3v.
Thought I had a great chip when i found my Q822A553 E0 E8500 that does 4.4ghz @ 1.328v and 4.5ghz @ 1.36v stable on air but still wasn't the golden chip like the e8600's mentioned above.
Found a chip on ebay last week: a Q822A549 E0 E8500 for $185 shipped - what the hell had a large paypal credit just lying around anyways...
Chip looked fairly flat out of the box but going with my better judgment decided to lap it anyways - good thing as it was quite concave - everything was copper except a circle of grey right in the middle for quite a while.
Took out my 4.3ghz max E8600ES, put in the new chip, and slapped on my trusty washer modded TRUE
Still priming orthos now on air but I am getting that warm fuzzy feeling
Like the title says, I might be done overclocking for a while...
EDIT: 1 hour later...