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First PC Build - problem with motherboard I think?

post #1 of 18
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Hi guys,

I built my first PC about 6 weeks ago.

All was well for the first 2 weeks the I got a random BSOD error 0x00000124

They got more and more frequent and I tried alot to fix this, then the PC would just cut out randomly after 10 mins or so without any BSOD.

My specs are:
OS: Windows 7 64 bit
CPU: AMD Athlon X4 651k
MOBO: Gigabyte A55M-DS2 rev 1.1
RAM: 2 x 4GB kingston hyper x
GPU: XFX HD 5450 heatsink 1GB DDR3 VGA DVI HDMI PCI-E Low Profile
PSU: 450w gaming PSU from novatech
Case: EZ Cool mid tower
SSD: Nova 2
HDD: 1TB WD Cavier Green

Steps I did to try and fix:
- Tried to install windows to HDD and removed SSD, same problem.
- Took side of case off and used house fan for cooling
- Tried another set of RAM sticks, ran memtest overnight and found no problems.
- Tried another GPU
- Updated all drivers to the latest (they already were)
- tried 500w antec powersupply

In my mind I have ruled everything out except the motherboard and CPU, I can't swap these for otherparts as I do not have them.

I don't think its the CPU as the PC would not boot if it had a problem from what I have read?

Is there a way to confirm for certain its my motherboard?

The PC is just for working on, I'm a web designer. It only has to run photoshop + aptana 3.

The symptoms are that after 5-10 mins of use the pc just restarts, the screen gets horizontal lines across it for 2 seconds or so and it reboots.

Thanks

Steve
post #2 of 18
What is the CPU temp? Is there a mobo bios update available?
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post #3 of 18
This is what I found online:
Quote:
Bug_Check 124 is a Fatal Hardware Error

This is usually heat related, defective hardware, memory or even processor though it is "possible"
that it is driver related (rare). Remove ALL power and reseat all cards, memory and cables (on
both ends) - actually remove and replace - do not just snug. Make sure the system has adequate
ventilation - add a small fan blowing into intakes. Carefully inspect the motherboard and other
cards for damage. Pay attention to the fatal hardware error implication.

What temperatures are the GPU, CPU and chipset running at?

Anything overclocked?

Have you run memtest or tried it with individual sticks or RAM?

The horizontal lines sound like a GPU problem, so make sure it's not overheating or unstable.
post #4 of 18
Usually BSOD error 0x00000124 pertains to an unstable overclock, did you by any chance overclock your pc? I was getting that same error when my vcore was set incorrectly, I'd try to reset the bios to defaults, in my experience this error mostly refers to an unstable core.
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post #5 of 18
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I've never overclocked anything, do not even know how I would go about that. Don't need to either, PC ran very well for the first few weeks.

All I did was put it together and install windows.

CPU temps maxed out at about 57 degrees c when I tested that.

I have no idea how to test GPU temps, I will google it now and report back.

the GPU does have a very large heatsink on it for its size, I did swap it out for another as well and tried that with no luck.
post #6 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ste Hughes View Post

I've never overclocked anything, do not even know how I would go about that. Don't need to either, PC ran very well for the first few weeks.
All I did was put it together and install windows.
CPU temps maxed out at about 57 degrees c when I tested that.
I have no idea how to test GPU temps, I will google it now and report back.
the GPU does have a very large heatsink on it for its size, I did swap it out for another as well and tried that with no luck.
Download afterburner to check temps and mess with the fan speeds.

Maybe your BIOS memory setting are causing problems.
post #7 of 18
Thread Starter 
I have after burner on and its saying GPU temp is 38 degree C

I have moved the parts from the case to a cardboard sheet

I have just the PSU, GPU, RAM, SSD and CPU in.

Fan speed is irrelevant on the GPU, it doesn't have one :/

Thanks
post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 
When you say it could be the BIOS settings what could I do to check that?

EDIT:

Been on the gigabyte website, my CPU was supported since Bios version 'FB' and I an running with 'FC' which is a later version so its not that.

I've been running the PC on a cardboard box as I stated and its been 25 mins, its not crashed yet which seems odd... it normally goes for 5 mins, 10 mins if I am lucky...

I know that means very little but it could be me being stupid... which would be annoying as its taken 3 weeks to work that out redface.gif

If its still going in a few hours ill see if anything was shorting on the case
Edited by Ste Hughes - 10/21/12 at 5:10pm
post #9 of 18
Thread Starter 
And it failed...

it ran a lot longer than it would normally though...

EDIT - Been running core temp 1.0

It says my TDP is 124.0 watts - my motherboard is rated to 100w...

Is that the problem? Why is coretemp reading 124w when AMD websites says its 100w

Other sources also say 100w

I've not altered any settings or overclocked anything, I have no desire too either on this machine :/

sorry for 3 posts in a row also, just trying to give you experts all the information I can.

Core temp gave a max of 33C btw but I was only running a browser and itunes... Last time i stressed it, it reached 57 at full load
Edited by Ste Hughes - 10/21/12 at 7:07pm
post #10 of 18
Software TDP ratings are just about baseless...
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