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I'm not sure if it's related to the OC or not to be honest. This is the first rig that I've built that I'm OCing. I've had it for a while now and just decided I would take the plunge into OCing.

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GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 MoBo

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 Processor

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Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F60GBGT-BK 60GB SATA III SSD

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PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W High Performance 80PLUS Silver PSU

EVGA 680 GTX SuperClocked

So I've read the extensive Gigabyte MoBo Overclocking guide. I've gotten everything in the Bios Setup, I have RealTemp, Prime95 and IBT. I set it up for an OC of just 4.0 GHz to just test it out. Started out with a VCore of 1.2. That didn't work, so I worked up at one step increments, all of the way to 1.325 VCore. I ran both IBT and Prime95 at each increment. It's not giving me a BSOD, after several minutes of stress testing, the monitor will shut off completely, then after a few moments the monitor will come back on with an absolutely black screen with the back light on. I'm at a loss here because after I did that I took it back down to stock VCore and the stock clocks and it still does the same exact thing when stress testing frown.gif Please help me out guys.
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I'm not sure if it's related to the OC or not to be honest. This is the first rig that I've built that I'm OCing. I've had it for a while now and just decided I would take the plunge into OCing.

Rig in questions:

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 Case

GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 MoBo

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 Processor

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 RAM

Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F60GBGT-BK 60GB SATA III SSD

2 x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" HDD

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU cooler

PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W High Performance 80PLUS Silver PSU

EVGA 680 GTX SuperClocked

So I've read the extensive Gigabyte MoBo Overclocking guide. I've gotten everything in the Bios Setup, I have RealTemp, Prime95 and IBT. I set it up for an OC of just 4.0 GHz to just test it out. Started out with a VCore of 1.2. That didn't work, so I worked up at one step increments, all of the way to 1.325 VCore. I ran both IBT and Prime95 at each increment. It's not giving me a BSOD, after several minutes of stress testing, the monitor will shut off completely, then after a few moments the monitor will come back on with an absolutely black screen with the back light on. I'm at a loss here because after I did that I took it back down to stock VCore and the stock clocks and it still does the same exact thing when stress testing frown.gif Please help me out guys.

are your RAM and 680 at stock clocks? try pulling all but the bare bones you need to boot and try again..i.e. one stick of ram, no discrete, and only one HDD. It doesn't sound like your chip, it sounds like you have component issues.

also try "sfc /scannow" in an elevated command prompt.
also try http://www.memtest.org/
Edited by inedenimadam - 4/4/13 at 10:12am
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Both the ram and the 680 are stock clocks. I haven't touched either.

EDIT: Will try running just the SSD. The HDDs are just data drives. Will also boot only one stick of RAM at a time. Should I also disconnect the GPU?
Edited by Nitemare15 - 4/4/13 at 10:13am
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Both the ram and the 680 are stock clocks. I haven't touched either.

EDIT: Will try running just the SSD. The HDDs are just data drives. Will also boot only one stick of RAM at a time. Should I also disconnect the GPU?
yes, once you get it running right, you can start adding back components one at a time.
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Okay, I do want to say that the only time that this happens is when I'm stress testing. I've run very intensive games recently and not had a problem, but as soon as I start testing it does this. Just wanted to drop that before I disconnect everything.
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Okay, I do want to say that the only time that this happens is when I'm stress testing. I've run very intensive games recently and not had a problem, but as soon as I start testing it does this. Just wanted to drop that before I disconnect everything.

Gaming is considered "normal use" and will not stress the system the same way that P95 does. It is harder to determine the cause of a problem when your machine is loaded with lots of components. The less the better. Try "sfc /scannow" in an elevated command prompt before you start pulling components to see if it is data corruption
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Yeah I gotcha, thanks. I just did the Scannow and no integrity violations. Gonna start pulling components.
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Yeah I gotcha, thanks. I just did the Scannow and no integrity violations. Gonna start pulling components.

good luck!
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Okay so, I left the graphics card and the SSD hooked up. Those are the only two things connected. So the first thing I tried was to remove one stick of RAM. I left one in, and booted into windows. I started IBT for twenty cycles. It finished no problem. I ran it 4 more times for that stick of RAM. Not a single failure. I shut the computer down, removed the stick of RAM and then placed the second stick in. Booted into Windows, started IBT and it lasted one cycle before the screen went blank. Thought okay let's try this more, did it several more times and not a single pass. The farthest it got was 6 cycles. So at this point, I downloaded memtest86+ and ran it from a CD. It didn't come back with a single error despite the fact that this stick of RAM couldn't last through IBT for more than 6 cycles. So at this point I plugged everything back in and tried IBT with the apparent good stick of RAM. Again 20 cycles and no errors or failures. So I am now at the point where everything is plugged in and I'm testing this possibly bad stick of RAM one last time with IBT and everything plugged in. Based on my findings, is it safe to say that my RAM was causing the problems?
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Okay so, I left the graphics card and the SSD hooked up. Those are the only two things connected. So the first thing I tried was to remove one stick of RAM. I left one in, and booted into windows. I started IBT for twenty cycles. It finished no problem. I ran it 4 more times for that stick of RAM. Not a single failure. I shut the computer down, removed the stick of RAM and then placed the second stick in. Booted into Windows, started IBT and it lasted one cycle before the screen went blank. Thought okay let's try this more, did it several more times and not a single pass. The farthest it got was 6 cycles. So at this point, I downloaded memtest86+ and ran it from a CD. It didn't come back with a single error despite the fact that this stick of RAM couldn't last through IBT for more than 6 cycles. So at this point I plugged everything back in and tried IBT with the apparent good stick of RAM. Again 20 cycles and no errors or failures. So I am now at the point where everything is plugged in and I'm testing this possibly bad stick of RAM one last time with IBT and everything plugged in. Based on my findings, is it safe to say that my RAM was causing the problems?

Sounds like it. You were trying both sticks in the same slot on the PC right? memtestx86 overnight on the bad stick by itself. errors sometimes take a while to pop up. Are you still under warranty? RMA!
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