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First of all, before starting, sorry for the lengthy and story-like post.

I need extra help on this, and I appreciate for any suggestions. My rig is on my sig, except that the GPU is not yet installed. All parts, except the processor and the CPU cooler, are under warranty as since I bought all of them few months ago. Another info that I will provide is that my processor is overclocked at 4.2ghz, with 1.250v and is stable. Maybe.

Going back to the topic, well, the problem is already at the topic of my thread. My computer worked fine until yesterday afternoon. It first started with the computer running properly, power LED ON, fans spinning the way they are used to be, but the monitor is not powered ON. So I dont know if it actually boots up or not.

I did these steps while the above issue is happening:
- Changed monitor, same problem
- Changed power outlet, same problem
- Plugged directly to outlet without AVR, same problem

So I did a little bit of rest, about 30 minutes, then attempted to make it work again. That time, the above issue is not causing, but it is causing boot loops. Computer powers on properly, fans spinning properly, but it doesn't POST and I cant get into the BIOS. So at this point I thought that the mobo is the problem since I had similar issue with my P45 mobo few years ago.

I also did these steps for the boot problem:
- Reseated RAM (just trying my luck, lol), no good
- Reset bios using three methods (jumper, battery, button at the back of motherboard), no good
- Removed everything inside my case, cleaned any dust while I'm at it, and placed them back, and the computer functioned properly like the problems above never happened.

I went to sleep, wake up and tried making the computer boot again. And it booted without prolems. At this point, everything is going well..

...or so I thought. Few hours ago, I tried to power-on my computer, and the exact same thing happened. Computer is powered on with fans spinning, but no display. Then I left it for about 5 minutes, then reset the computer again, and it now is causing boot loops all over again. This time, I did the following:

- Removed everything and tried running the computer outside the case (by the way, the motherboard sits on top of its box), it still causes boot loops, but after letting it do its thing for a while, it does POST now but it randomly shuts down.
- I tried to reset the BIOS again, still caused around 5 boot loops, then the computer is merciful enough to let me boot to windows without crashing (and I'm typing this right now using my computer)
- Tried rebooting the computer, and it boots fine without problems. Just like last night.

At this point, I tried re-flashing the BIOS, trying my luck, after reboot it works as if the computer skipped the problem yesterday and today.

So the question is, is the motherboard going bad? Or there are other parts that is actually going bad? I asked my friends around and they all pointed at the motherboard, not at the PSU, so I need more opinions about this issue that I am having. As much as possible I don't want to RMA anything yet before I can actually pinpoint the problem, specially with the motherboard since I need to pay almost half the price of the motherboard I bought for shipping it to the distributor in Singapore, and I don't live in Singapore.

One more thing, last night, while my rig is disassembled, I checked the back of the motherboard for any burn marks, and this is what I saw. What do you guys think it is? Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Check the side marks and top marks if you guys can't see. I haven't tried cleaning it though. Also thoroughly checked the motherboard and that is the only mark I am seeing. Nothing else.

Forgot the other things I want to say since I am in a disoriented (could be wrong term) state right now, cant think properly because I cant believe my rig already failed after few months of use. I dont even let the computer run for more than 12 hours every weekend. During weekdays I only use the computer for about 3-4 hours, mainly browsing and 1-2 hours of gaming.

Again, I appreciate any help and thank you very much in advance!

J
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It sounds like the motherboard may be on its way out.

I had a similar problem with a board and it turned out (oddly enough) to be the cmos battery. You can try replacing it as well.
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Originally Posted by mongoloid View Post

It sounds like the motherboard may be on its way out.

I had a similar problem with a board and it turned out (oddly enough) to be the cmos battery. You can try replacing it as well.

thanks, i will try to replace the CMOS battery.

last night i tried reflashing the bios and also currently running stock settings and still wont do good. now im running with only 1 stick of RAM but i doubt the RAM that is causing the issue.
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update: replaced CMOS battery. the issue did not appear again for about three days, and now it came back. might as well try buying another motherboard and try swapping other parts from that motherboard.
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