Originally Posted by vhapter
Yeah TwoCables, I know about the thread you mentioned. I'm just really scared of bsod's. My mobo was working perfectly, but after like a month and a half it began to freeze all the time. I'm not sure if I was unlucky, but computers are so troublesome at times... and I REALLY don't want my computer to start freezing again all of a sudden. I'm trying to keep it as "clean" as possible - no viruses/spyware/malware, no ilegal games/software, etc. I want to make sure I'm not harming my computer.
Would a new board be a reasonable way to avoid/reduce the odds of my computer freezing/crashing/showing bsod's, or am I being paranoid? I know it feels like I'm running in circles, but since you guys have much more experience than me when it comes to keeping a system stable and troubleshooting, I think this is the right place to ask. Sorry for my perfectionist behavior, it's going to take a while for the store to make sure my mobo is defective and send another one back, plus I'm really anxious and if getting a new mobo is the right thing to do, then I'll get the new mobo faster than my old one. Thanks for the help everyone.
Was it overclocked?
If not, then I would only be able to assume that it may have been defective somehow but didn't show it right away (although, this isn't based on any experience). If it was overclocked, then of course that would just be an unstable overclock.
So if it was defective, then a new P8P67 LE would be ok because it should be able to get your 2500K to 4.5 GHz pretty easily if your specific 2500K can do 4.5 GHz easily. Although, of course, the plain P8P67 (non "LE") should be easier to use for overclocking because it has a better physical design for overclocking. This would make it easier to achieve either 4.7 or 4.8 GHz if your specific 2500K ends up being able to do 4.7 or 4.8 GHz easily.
In other words, I think that even the P8P67 LE is a quality motherboard that should have perfect stability if it isn't defective. Although, things like locking up frequently can certainly be caused by other things that don't have anything to do with the motherboard. I can't name specific things based on experience, but I am guessing that it would be things like memory, the hard drive, or an imperfectly installed part (like a video card or even just a cable), or even something software-related. In other words, I suppose I'm stating the obvious by saying that if it's not the motherboard, then it's still possibly either hardware-related or software-related. Either way, the P8P67 LE should be rock-solid stable if it's in its expected condition.
So I'd say the only reason to get something "better" such as the plain P8P67 would be to increase the overclocking potential, depending on your 2500K's overclocking potential.
Regarding protecting the lifespan of the CPU, this may not be absolutely critical because you have a very good air cooler and you're only gaming. I mean, it would be a very different story if you were dedicating your system to BOINCing or Folding while you aren't using it (or worse, as a dedicated 24/7 BOINCing or Folding rig). This is even less critical if you're good about always turning your computer off when it's not in use. I think it becomes even less critical than that if you use an Offset voltage because using an Offset voltage allows the voltage to dynamically adjust to the load which means the voltage sits very low when the system is idling (such as when just sitting here either typing or reading a wall of text hehehe). For example, I'm seeing 1.008V most of the time while I'm sitting here. I'll sometimes see 1.000V, 0.992V, or 1.016V, all the way up to 1.184V, but usually it's at about 1.008V. For full load at 4.7 GHz, my 2500K needs about 1.368V.