Originally Posted by cutty1998
So I have my 860 sitting on a now discontinued EVGA FTW-200 Mobo ,with an NH-D14,and a GTX-570 Vanilla card. 4GB DDR-3 1600MHZ Corsair . Things were absolutely event free for over a year ,and all the sudden ,Windows started crashing ,and I was getting Blue Screens .I always clean the dust out with Dust off ,and a Blower I have . I am wondering ,if maybe I moved my Heatsink ,and broke the connection to the cooler ,but at 3.5 Ghz ,it is running at 27*c idle ,and 53 c*Load ,so I'm not so sure. Should I apply some new TIM????,and try for 4+++ again. I mean ,it is what I love to do !!!,and I have beaten Crysis 1,Warhead ,and 2 soo many times ,that I am ready to delete all the files from my HDD . Also disaster aside ,I plan on a New Ivy build this Winter /early spring. I will be re-using my Case ,even though it is outdated. I can access USB3 and Sata6 from the I/O back panel. I guess. So just a New Mobo/CPU/and maybe Ram,and a second 570 ,if they come down.
Scan your VRM's, make sure your not running with a blown motherboard. If there's a heatsinks over the mosfet's/vrm's you might have to remove the heatsink's to make sure nothing is blown. Another way is to try this >http://www.overclock.net/amd-cpus/94...l#post12415904
All the way at bottom you'll find this suggestion.
What to do if you suspect your VRMs have failed
Unplug everything/cut power to the PC
Check for visible damage (blown caps, missing parts from mobo, burn marks) [this might not always be the case]
Use your sense of smell (if they blew it'd be pretty obvious to the nose, but it might smell really bad)
Put out the fire! (If there's any)
Run standard troubleshooting procedures to make sure it's not anything else (i.e. check the power supply)
Try testing the motherboard with the 24-pin plugged in but without the 4-pin/8-pin CPU power plug. This is the ultimate dealbreaker; if the motherboard only boots when CPU power plug is unplugged (though it obviously won't POST), you sir have a VRM failure on your hands.
Report it here! The more VRM horror stories are in the posted horror stories list, the more aware this can make people about this overlooked issue.