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So, I tested the power supply, ram, and hard drive. I narrowed it down to the processor or motherboard.

I have to reset the CMOS to even access the BIOs.

Once in a blue moon, the computer will reach the windows loading screen and then it would freeze.

So does this sound like a processor or motherboard issue?
    
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Sounds like mobo to me. Otherwise you wouldn't be having problems accessig BIOS. At least that's what I think..
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yeah i agree with ronnin it is definitely a motherboard problem otherwise you would not even see a post.
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yeah i agree with ronnin it is definitely a motherboard problem otherwise you would not even see a post.
Oh, so if it's the processor then nothing would even show up? Dang, I heard horror stories about ASUS motherboard RMAs... I don't want to waste $10 to ship the board back to them, just to have it rejected for no reason or be given a used board.
    
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Oh, so if it's the processor then nothing would even show up? Dang, I heard horror stories about ASUS motherboard RMAs... I don't want to waste $10 to ship the board back to them, just to have it rejected for no reason or be given a used board.
Someone to lend you a CPU? So you can be certain?

It's very hard to tell when something would show and when not The manual should contain a description of what the beeps mean.
For example 3 short beeps can mean CPU error, 1 long and 1 short can mean RAM error and so on.
Just to narrow it down further..
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Take lots and lots of high res pictures of the motherboard with some kind of date stamp and stick a few of them in the box as proof of proof if you end up RMA'ing the mother board.

Question, did you recently enable some bios functions, like AHCI?
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Interesting. I have this same combo. When it works, it functions beautifully, when it doesn't well, it doesn't. The problem with mine is that it essentially won't boot and just rev fans all day if my Dark Knight is off by minute measurements. Sometimes I will get into Windows just to have it lockup running P95, reboot to revving fans. When it's perfect though, Prime95 is perfect as well as everything else. Anyway, I doubt you'll have trouble with ASUS RMA if you board is within the warranty period. Just fill out an online RMA form then call Customer Support and ask for a printed shipping label once you get the RMA information in your email. Easy as pie, but the horror stories usually begin with them sending you back your motherboard broken or something. At least that's what happened to me. Got it right the second time around though. As said above, it is a good idea to take pictures of your board before you send it in just in case they send you one that isn't yours and bent at a 90 degree angle. Good luck, and from my experience, they are relatively quick with their RMAs coming at around 2 weeks.
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Someone to lend you a CPU? So you can be certain?

It's very hard to tell when something would show and when not The manual should contain a description of what the beeps mean.
For example 3 short beeps can mean CPU error, 1 long and 1 short can mean RAM error and so on.
Just to narrow it down further..
I put a case speaker in there and it just gives me one short beep like it's booting normally. The first 3-4 times the computer would keep restarting but after fiddling around in the case, all of a sudden the computer boots up perfectly again.

This computer is so weird because it'll work perfectly fine one day but won't boot a week later and then back to working perfectly.

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Take lots and lots of high res pictures of the motherboard with some kind of date stamp and stick a few of them in the box as proof of proof if you end up RMA'ing the mother board.

Question, did you recently enable some bios functions, like AHCI?


That's some good advice. I will take a photo of the motherboard with the RMA and a date if I do want to RMA the board.
No, I did not disable any BIOs functions. I set it to it's default settings.

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Interesting. I have this same combo. When it works, it functions beautifully, when it doesn't well, it doesn't. The problem with mine is that it essentially won't boot and just rev fans all day if my Dark Knight is off by minute measurements. Sometimes I will get into Windows just to have it lockup running P95, reboot to revving fans. When it's perfect though, Prime95 is perfect as well as everything else. Anyway, I doubt you'll have trouble with ASUS RMA if you board is within the warranty period. Just fill out an online RMA form then call Customer Support and ask for a printed shipping label once you get the RMA information in your email. Easy as pie, but the horror stories usually begin with them sending you back your motherboard broken or something. At least that's what happened to me. Got it right the second time around though. As said above, it is a good idea to take pictures of your board before you send it in just in case they send you one that isn't yours and bent at a 90 degree angle. Good luck, and from my experience, they are relatively quick with their RMAs coming at around 2 weeks.
That's similar to what happened with my setup. Do you think it's the cooler or thermal paste causing this problem?
    
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nevermind... it's not booting anymore.
    
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Well, for me, it's definitely the cooler. Probably warping the board minutely when displaced just a little bit or something. So, absolutely no booting? As in fans won't rev or nothing? If so, it's most likely the board if your CPU works just fine... Might be about time to send it in.
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