Just curious what everyone uses to stress test their machines.
Memtest86 - memory test software designed to test and stress test an x86 architecture computer's random access memory (RAM) for errors.
IntelBurnTest. Pushes your CPU to its max and fills the RAM as well. It's a good tool to make sure that your computer can handle a full load.
prime95 ,it's widely used for stress testing both the CPU and the RAM
The aptly-named BurnInTest from PassMark is free for 30 days (which should be enough for one PC!).
These software solutions are too unnatural. This is how they test in labs, and it would not surprise if one will ever find hickups with these tests. With any Intel processor, you cannot kill the processor, even if you have bad ventilation. I would say: use it!. And have your 4 year old kid use it. That is a much better stress test.