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Help me! I keep getting 4 beeps on my new rig: New PC….

· Two, 1-terrabyte WD hard drives
· Two, 512 GIG Solid state hard drives
· 1000 Watt lighted Kingswin Lazer power supply
· X HAF Cooler Master Tower
· Asus Z77 Sabertooth motherboard
· Intel i7-3770K CPU
· 32 Gig of Corsair RAM (4x8Gig)
· Corsair liquid cooling for the CPU with radiator and 2 more fans
· GeForce GTX 680 video card
· 2 – LG Blu-Ray burners

When I built this rig it was on concrete with myself grounded and the PC grounded to a wrist and grounding pad. The PC worked for a couple of days. Then, one day....beep at start up, then one continous beep followed by 4 short beeps.....supposedly meaning hardware failure. Began disconnecting everything down to CPU, RAM and power. Only plugged in one RAM Corsair in the correct DIMM A2 socket and still failure. Rotated in different RAM and still failures whatever I tried as I was hoping it would be one of the RAM chips that were bad.

Still one continous beep followed by 4 short beeps.

Nothing appeared wrong with CPU when I took it out and no burning on MOBO.

Went out and bought another i7 3770K, and Sabertooth Motherboard, and an OCZ 1000 watt PSU.

Only plugged in one RAM Corsair in the correct socket and new CPU and PSU. Still get the continous beep followed by 4 short beeps.

I only had the power switch plugged into the MOBO. Checked to make sure the Power switch was grounded. Still getting continous beep followed by 4 short beeps. I am at my witts end. Do you read anything I'm doing wrong? Do I not have enough stuff plugged in to the PSU? What else can I check? HELP!!!



post #2 of 9
If I'm correct it is the PCI-E or the video card. Try putting the video card in the other PCI-e x16 slot. I had this problem with my AMD Sabertooth 990FX.
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oh...and the boot device LED stays lit, too!!
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There's no video card plugged in at this time
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The only thing you didn't try is to use completely different RAM kit. Possibly all 4 sticks were defective. Also that PSU is a huge overkill...
Edited by DeXel - 2/9/13 at 1:01pm
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I know the PSU is overkill....But....it's a joy. Anyway....I perplexed why the DIMM RAM would work for a couple of days and then blow. I did ck ASUS site and the versions of Corsair 2x8 1600 MHz are not certified with it. I'll try certified version of the 1800 Corsairs and see if that's what does it.
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All RAM going out in a few days or complete DOA happens, and certification only guarantees compatibility which they are on your rig since they have worked.

What most people don't realize about PSUs is that overkill is BAD. If your 1000W PSU is rated gold, for example, and it's it running at 50% of its capacity (which is even less in your case), your PSU is nowhere near those efficiency ratings. Your PSU is definitely under 80% efficient while idle, and most likely barely over 80% while on load. You can't possible hit even 80% load on that PSU with you current rig. Even if you add another 2 GTX680s (which you can't since Sabertooth doesn't support 3-way SLI).
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Well....I got the new DIMMs. I still got the long beep followed by 4 short beeps. So, I was about to give up, but decided to plug in the monitor to the onboard HDMI connector on the MOBO. Got a message. Error....Can not find CPU fan. Good lord....Plugged in one of the cheapo MOBO fans to the CPU fan connector and voila....no more beeps. It boiled down to a MOBO going bad in two days. Not the PSU, RAM, or CPU. I'm not sure if it was the Corsair h100i liquid cooler that did it, because I had an issue with it not being recognized when plugged into a USB port on the MOBO. Kept getting a USB error and tried the h100i in another USB port and it worked fine. But, like I said, 2 days later MOBO died. Scared to plug in the h100i again. Corsair said that it should not matter what USB port it's plugged into and recommended me sending the h100i back in to them....But, now unsure whether it was a bad USB port on the old mobo or the Corsair. Damn I hate the variables to a PC. Hate the pains of them, but love them when they work. This has been my 10th build of a PC over the past 20 years, but one of the most irritating....Thanks for your help!!
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I wanted to let everybody know that it was not the Corsair RAM that was bad. One thing to use when troubleshooting and a tip that I see is often neglected is that you must leave monitor plugged in to the onboard MOBO video out. You still get the four beeps for hardware failure, but it had a clue that the beeps do not give you. When you disconnect the video card and only have the CPU and MOBO plugged in, you don't know that a CPU fan/cooler must be plugged in to help you troubleshoot.

If your fan, or in my case, the Corsair H100 liquid cooler is bad, it will state no CPU fan detected. But, it was connected!! So, after working with Corsair Liquid Cooler tech to troubleshoot, it was determined that the cooler was bad. Not the CPU, nor MOBO, nor RAM, nor power supply, nor video card. They gave me an RMA and I'm waiting for the replacement. So, keep that monitor plugged in to the onboard MOBO video for additional clues to the beeps!! Just an FYI....I hope this helps somebody else in the future.
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