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agreed that the BSOD code suggest a corrupt drive but in that case I was able to install windows without a hitch and after installation the BSOD started. Also I reformatted my hard drive and checked for bad sectors before installing. But I am wondering why this issue never cropped up when I was running with the GTX 260 initially
That's a great question, but no theories come to mind. So do you have it up now?
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^no unfortunately not. Right now waiting for the TX850V2 to arrive and hoping that it will solve the problem. All I can surmise is that since the PSU is not from a reputed OEM it might have so-so capacitors that might have gone below spec due to capacitor aging. So when I first installed the HD6950 after taking out the GTX 260 may be the additional power requirement caused a crossload issue with all the fans & HDDs connected putting more stress on the PSU and causing this issue.
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^no unfortunately not. Right now waiting for the TX850V2 to arrive and hoping that it will solve the problem. All I can surmise is that since the PSU is not from a reputed OEM it might have so-so capacitors that might have gone below spec due to capacitor aging. So when I first installed the HD6950 after taking out the GTX 260 may be the additional power requirement caused a crossload issue with all the fans & HDDs connected putting more stress on the PSU and causing this issue.
That's a very logical assessment. It sounds like you have it well in hand.

My approach when something like this happens is to try to isolate the issue, removing one possibility at a time.

So swapping PSU is a good choice to rule that out. Next to test HDD/controller failure, boot onto a live CD or USB, but with something that will use CPU, RAM, etc. such as Linux, TRK, or Hirem's boot disk. As we already discussed you can also try swapping RAM out one chip at a time, but since you tested that it's probably okay.

Finally, once you think hardware is all sound go for the re-install and you should be fine. It sucks that this happened to you guys, sounds like a nice build. I'm sure you'll get it going ... it's just frustrating when a roadblock like this stands in your way.
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That's a very logical assessment. It sounds like you have it well in hand.

My approach when something like this happens is to try to isolate the issue, removing one possibility at a time.

So swapping PSU is a good choice to rule that out. Next to test HDD/controller failure, boot onto a live CD or USB, but with something that will use CPU, RAM, etc. such as Linux, TRK, or Hirem's boot disk. As we already discussed you can also try swapping RAM out one chip at a time, but since you tested that it's probably okay.

Finally, once you think hardware is all sound go for the re-install and you should be fine. It sucks that this happened to you guys, sounds like a nice build. I'm sure you'll get it going ... it's just frustrating when a roadblock like this stands in your way.
I was able to boot from the boot cd and re-install windows twice. But again after the installation was completed successfully I started BSODing. After that every time at the windows loading screen I BSODed. After this happened a few times I simply cant boot into the bios. Every thing turns on- fans, lights, CPU HSF, GPU HSF, HDD etc etc but instead of a post screen I get a blank screen freeze. Now if I do a hard reset I am able to go into BIOS but once I make changes and save and restart I am faced with a blank screen again. This happened with both the cards I tested. So I think I can rule out the HD6950 as faulty as with it installed I was actually able to re-install windows once. My GTX 260 is fine as till yesterday I was using it.
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So I think I can rule out the HD6950 as faulty as with it installed I was actually able to re-install windows once. My GTX 260 is fine as till yesterday I was using it.
I agree. I think both GPUs are probably fine. More likely *one* of the following: PSU, HDD, RAM, or something on the motherboard.

If you were always seeing POST and only failing once it starts reading the HDD (e.g. Windows load) then I'd say it was definitely HDD. However, since you say sometimes it won't even POST without a hard boot it's not as certain.
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I agree. I think both GPUs are probably fine. More likely *one* of the following: PSU, HDD, RAM, or something on the motherboard.

If you were always seeing POST and only failing once it starts reading the HDD (e.g. Windows load) then I'd say it was definitely HDD. However, since you say sometimes it won't even POST without a hard boot it's not as certain.
Me too thinks its either mobo or PSU or HDD. But my money is on the PSU. I will get a new PSU on the 9th. May be that will solve everything
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UPDATE: Yesterday I was able to re-install windows but on rebooting I again got a BSOD. The error code was a generic 0x0000000A but the fourth subcode got my attention. It basically indicated that the RAM is corrupted. But I was sure that the RAM was fine as day before yesterday I ran memtest and the RAM passed. But still on a hunch I replaced the RAM modules one by one and voila! the system rebooted just fine. I was bale to install windows and all. I left the system running the entire night and it was stable. So guys this comes as a warning that even though your RAM passes memtest it can still be faulty.
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