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I had to turn to overclock for this one because I really have no idea where else to head.

Around 3 weeks ago I started getting random blue screens. As the week went on they got worse and worse, to the point that I couldn't even pass the login screen. After a while my computer was stuck rebooting to the point that it doesn't even post anymore. I couldn't figure out the issue. According to the blue screen it was a machine exception error so I figured I probably had a bad piece of hardware. I started removing each hardware one by one and seeing if I could boot. Sadly, I do not have a spare computer or someone around me with a tower to be able to test each piece. With little options I decided to turn to "professionals" and instead of relying on a local computer repair store I turned my head to Best Buy's Geek Squad (biggest mistake ever). Geek Squad charged me a $70 fee to give a diagnosis. Which at first I was fine with, I figured if I knew the problem I could fix it. I waited 3 days for them to diagnose my PC. I received a call telling me that I had a bad hard drive, but the funny thing is when I went to go to pick up my PC the agent that was assigned to me said I had a bad mother board. I figured I'd keep trying, by switching around RAM slots, removing them, and things like that. The computer became complete useless. If it did post, it would become stuck at the window login screen or the bios splash screen. To even get it to get that far I'd probably had to reset by the cmos switch 4-6 times.

Since I was able to reach the window screen before my computer stopped post, I figured that my hard drive couldn't be the issue, so I had sent in my motherboard for an RMA. Asus sent me back my old mobo which had a "cpu socket issue". I found it strange, I never touched the cpu socket after I had installed my CPU, and the pc was working just fine prior to the blue screen. It actually had above average performance even though I had never over clocked it. Same issue continued, but the issue seemed slightly worse. I had an old Asrock mobo laying around and decided to put my equipment inside of it besides the keyboard, it worked fine. I was able to install Windows and access my desktop. Everything was fine, up until I shut off my computer and decided to turn it back on. The same issue started to occur with the computer not posting and if it did it would take a tremendous amount of retries. I RMA my Asus P9z68 again this time by cross-shipping hoping to get a new one instead of my old one back. Took my pc apart again, and put the guts back inside the Asus mobo. Same issue. Even though it was a brand new mobo. At this point, I have no idea what I could do. Right now the mobo gives me so many different errors such as the vga leg light being on, if it's not that the RAM led lights up, if its not that the Boot Device led lights up.

I've hit a dead end and I have taken apart this system so many times in the last 4 weeks that I can't think of even trying to do it one more time. I'm a heavy computer user so having my beautiful battle station just sit there with no hope is extremely depressing. Any idea what it could be?

My specs are currently;


Intel Core i7 2600k
GTX 680 FTW 4GB Edit.
16 GB of G.Skills Sniper Ram
Seagate Power Supply 720 psu I believe
128gb Crucial M4 SSD (boot drive)
1 TB Western Digital Black HDD
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What speed is your RAM running at? My 2500k can't handle 4 DIMMs of 1866mhz without a ton of VCCIO voltage so I have dropped it down to 1600mhz with lower voltage. Not sure if it's a board issue since you just got a new one...

Run memtest86+ on each set (2 sticks at a time) of the memory. Perhaps it is a memory issue or hard drive. For hard drive do a long test from Seatools for DOS, and both of these are assuming you can get it to boot. Is your SSD on the latest firmware? Flash it if it doesn't. Does that board have the MemOK button? You could try that too.
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What speed is your RAM running at? My 2500k can't handle 4 DIMMs of 1866mhz without a ton of VCCIO voltage so I have dropped it down to 1600mhz with lower voltage. Not sure if it's a board issue since you just got a new one...

Run memtest86+ on each set (2 sticks at a time) of the memory. Perhaps it is a memory issue or hard drive. For hard drive do a long test from Seatools for DOS, and both of these are assuming you can get it to boot. Is your SSD on the latest firmware? Flash it if it doesn't. Does that board have the MemOK button? You could try that too.

I can't access the bios anymore. Computer won't post. So I have no idea.
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I can't access the bios anymore. Computer won't post. So I have no idea.

Clear CMOS and try booting with only 1 stick of RAM. Make sure it's in the second slot away from the CPU socket.
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Logitech G500 Xtrac Ripper 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k Asus P8Z68-V Pro MSI R7970 Lightning BE 2 x 4GB G.Skill Ripjaws 2133mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 240GB and WD Black 1TB Asus DRW-24B1ST Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
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Hannspree 24 inch Thermaltake Tough Power TP-750P 750W Gold Cooler Master HAF 932 
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2 x Intel 730 480GB SSD in RAID 0 Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Noctua NH-D15 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
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2 x Asus VS239H-P Logitech G510 Seasonic SS-660XP2 Fractal Design R4 Blackout 
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Logitech G500 Xtrac Ripper 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo T5250 @ 1.5ghz Dell 0N6705 Mobile Intel 965 Express 2 x 2GB Hyundai/Kingston DDR2 533mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
OCZ Summit 60GB SSD Slot Load DVD-RW Windows 7 Ultimate x64 13.3 inch 1280x800 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k Asus P8Z68-V Pro MSI R7970 Lightning BE 2 x 4GB G.Skill Ripjaws 2133mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 240GB and WD Black 1TB Asus DRW-24B1ST Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
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Clear CMOS and try booting with only 1 stick of RAM. Make sure it's in the second slot away from the CPU socket.

Still no luck. Hmm..... I don't happen to have a switch anymore. So I cleared CMOS by removing the battery and leaving it off for 20 seconds or so.
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Maybe the psu is going bad? Do you have another ( or can try another from someone you know)?
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try having ONLY the CPU and PSU in the system and see if it makes a beep. take out everything including rear IO
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