Re: Odds of getting a bad CPU?
Looks like you have a bad CPU then, but chances are slim. I've bought quite a few CPUs before (all AMD, haha) and they all worked. If I were to build a PC now, then I would go with Intel. I'm sure there's warranty on it.
*Fact: Microsoft Window's Blue Screen of Death vs Computerforums.org's White Screen of Death. Which is worse?