When you removed the thermal pad, did you replace it with another, or thermal paste? The processor should not
be runned without some sort of thermal interface material between the processor and heatsink.
Two things to check.
1) Power supply. What power supply do you have, and what is the amperage ratings on each voltage rail? This will be found on a sticker of the power supply.
2) Test your RAM with Memtest86
' ">http://www.memtest86.com for errors. Advise you to do this when you are not doing anything in particular.
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