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BSOD, random freezing on a new 3820 x79 build. Seeking advice.

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My setup:
ASUS Rampage IV Formula LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73820

G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9Q, XMP quad channel ready.

VisionTek 900492 Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED

CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

This is my first machine build. The hardware install seemed relatively straight forward and was able to put everything together properly.

I ran all provided disc drivers from the MB, video card, installed Windows 7 pro OS.

Like a noob, I played with the OC settings that Asus provided. Upon further research it is frowned upon to use their OC'ing options. So after playing around with those options and finding out that I shouldn't be doing that in the first place, and after more BSODs and overclock failure messages, I reverted to loading the optimized default settings. I even went on to use the "safe default settings" selections to go back to stock.

I tried to adjust the memory setting to XMP and 2133 since they are XMP and quad channel capable. Machine booted up fine, during games or video game watching, This caused a BSOD saying overclock failure. So i reverted to auto and back to 1600.

Machine booted up with no problems. My temperatures idle range anywhere from 28-35 degrees. When playing WoW, i get anywhere from 40-100 FPS. At times, when running instances, or when entering a dungeon, or during a massive boss fight, even when watching a simple movie on VLC, my computer either, freezes and does not allow me to CTRL ALT DEL, which forces to me do a hard reset, or i get a BSOD forcing a restart. When the BSOD occurs, it says overclock failure, even with my Default optimized settings.

I monitor the temps when playing, and they are at safe levels, 30-45 degrees.

I used Prime95 and ran a torture test on the 3rd setting (a little bit of everything and RAM testing or whatever) I ran it for 20-30 minutes no problems. It said it had passed everything and temps were no more than 57 degrees throughout the process.

I'm not sure what is causing this BSOD or these lockups. Any advice will help.
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First of all, I wouldnt use the drivers from the manufacture's disc. Most likely outdated. I recommend, download all the latest drivers. Put it in a flash drive, external hd, etc. Then, update the bios to the latest. Next, prepare for reformatting by doing a SSD secure erase. After that, reformat and install OS. Then, install the latest chipset drivers, video, audio, etc that you downloaded. After installing all the drivers, restart to go into bios. For your XMP profile, make sure its the same specs as the manufacture advertised specs. Same timing, voltage, whatnot. If not, manually do it yourself. Save and reboot. Your'e done!

See if the BSOD will occur again or lockups. If so do MEMTEST. If it pass, maybe your have a defective SSD.
Edited by boyasaurus - 10/26/12 at 2:32pm
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