Originally Posted by arddrea
From your pictures it does appear to have a bad cap, but it shouldn't cause a issue as long as no PCI-e video card is installed (the big one directly below the PCI-e 16 slot) .
Almost all of your CPU regulators are showing overheat discoloration. As they heat up the V reg noise will get worse. Try placing a large fast fan directly above the CPU (like a window fan - get that air moving). If it make the system stable, adding video card memory heat sinks to the voltage ICs should solve your problem. (the ICs I'm taking about are the 9 chips that are like Q2 Q4, and Q5(? out of focus) in the top picture.
Get the dust off your second phase, it is amazing the amount of noise dust on a voltage regulation circuit can create. A paper towel or qtips with a little rubbing alcohol works wonders. Note: Do not use scented or colored rubbing alcohol the cheapest 92% is usually the best for electronics work.
Check you socket for bad pins. A quad core needs cleaner power (all vcc and gss making contact) then a dual or single core CPU. A single core or dual core can get a way with a couple of bent vcc or gss pins.
Very gently try to wiggle the silver and purple caps. They should not wiggle and if one does it is probably bad. Those silver caps don't show bulge or leak when they fail like the black / brown ones. The dialectic is alcohol based so visible evidence is usually not left.
Apparently I was getting my motherboards confused you have a standard 24 pin Molex not the the 24 pin mini socket I was expecting. Check your power supply, If it does not have 12.8V listed as a output it is most likely a standard ATX 24 + 4 power supply. Meaning you could install a standard μATX system board like the Intel DG33TL ($55 from server supply) with out having to upgrade / replace the power supply.
Have you tried turning off the power management in the BIOS? C states can cause issues when you're next to the power edge.
Put a (small) fan on your MCH. The stock fan will cool it. You new upgrade will not, or rotate your new fan and add a shroud to force air over it .
Check your stock CPU on Intel's Ark, I bet it is a 65w CPU.
The CAP doesn't look like it's toast and like you said it should have nothing to do with the CPU.
Strange the IC's would be messing up after months of service with the Quad. Also the CPU fan does blow out the sides and back some to hit the IC and Regulators. I don't have any RAM sinks, i know what your talking about though.
I have dusted that spot some after i put it back together. i will keep the wiggle idea in mind.
No bent pins, checked that.
The PSU is Corsair 500W, it says 12V on the sticker.
Their are No C states, its a OEM HP/MSI Mobo.
The 1.6Ghz Single that came with the Mobo is 35W. The 2.2Ghz Dual after that was 65W, then onto a 2.66Ghz with 65W, then finally my Quad 2.4Ghz at only 95W.
If the Mobo won't run like it has been for years, then i might just sell her off and upgrade. She will run the Stock CPU, but i need more HP than that. So i don't see the need in spending money on Fans and Sinks if i can just sell her stock and she runs fine.
Thanks guys for your help.
Only thing that makes me wonder....Why did a Raptor HDD start all this if it was CPU related??Edited by PimpSkyline - 7/18/13 at 8:48pm