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Bricked my 790FX-GD70.. halp =(

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So my order of a xigmatek s1283 came in today.. I wasnt aware of how terrible the mounting options are for am3, so i wouldnt recommend this thing to anybody. But thats not my problem.. well, it sort of is but not really...

the cooler could only be mounted pointing up, so i had to scoot my ram over 2 slots, and it worked fine, except the fan on the cpu didnt work quite right, so i went through all the trouble of undoing the stupid rubber vibration mounts, and mounting a 2000 rpm case fan in its place, with zip ties, i had to move my ram out of the way for a minute to do this, and i forgot to put it back in before i hit the power switch, and the motherboard did its HEY WHERE THE HECK IS THE RAM!?!?!? thing, and went into a post loop, and i couldnt get it to turn off by holding down the power button, so i turned it off from the power supply, and after it turned off i turned the switch back on so it would be grounded, and apparently i didnt wait long enough because it went back into its post loop.

after i turned it off and waited a little longer i put the ram in, and I honestly cant remember if i tried to make it boot, failed and cleared the bios, or if i just cleared the bios immediatly.. regardless, now it wont even post, as it gets stuck on 'FF' which is the debug code for initializing the cpu.. surely its not my cpu, it worked fine before the ram thing... did i accidentally erase my bios or something?

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Drain all the circuits by pressing the on button for a few seconds with the PSU turned off. That might help. If not, reset BIOS. That usually happens to me when i have an unstable OC and it fails to boot. Reset BIOS works for me.
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So I take it that
*your rig worked
*then you changed the cooler
*then started to reboot without RAM and had to cut power
*then reset CMOS
*then tried to boot with RAM, but now the motherboard gives a CPU error

I would remove the new cooler, RAM and processor and then mount them back making sure everything is in good phisical condition. I don't know if you removed the CPU when doing the HSF swap; if you did, maybe it wasn't put back in the proper position. Or maybe the HSF backplate (case you have one - dunno) shorts pins on the back of the CPU socket.

It looks more like a cooler or CPU related issue to me. I forgot a few times to put back the RAM, it happens. Nothing should come of it, it is even a good testing procedure to start a rig without RAM to diagnose RAM or RAM socket related faults. Your problem most likely lies somewhere else, not with the RAM (as long as it's mounted properly now).
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I'm an idiot.

when i hit the clear cmos, my motherboard wasnt able to boot with the 3rd and 4th DIMMS only, as it has to boot with 1 and 2 first..

i put the old cooler back on, moved the ram over, booted it, then switched everything back out, and all is good lol

the ironic part is I fixed someones i7 rig the other day which had the exact same problem... on the bright side, this cooler is working quite nicely

I still wouldnt reccomend this cooler unless you have an LGA 775 or 1156, the mounting options are terrible for am3
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I'm an idiot.

when i hit the clear cmos, my motherboard wasnt able to boot with the 3rd and 4th DIMMS only, as it has to boot with 1 and 2 first..

i put the old cooler back on, moved the ram over, booted it, then switched everything back out, and all is good lol

the ironic part is I fixed someones i7 rig the other day which had the exact same problem... on the bright side, this cooler is working quite nicely

I still wouldnt reccomend this cooler unless you have an LGA 775 or 1156, the mounting options are terrible for am3
Good to know mate!
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