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I'm in the process of upgrading my own computer and hardware I'm gonna replace will be passed on to someone in my family.

The thing is, I was entering BIOS and noticed the memory wasn't running at it's specified settings, so I figured "let's fix it".

Corsair Dominator 1600Mhz, 8-8-8-24 4x2GB modules

I went ahead and made it 1600mhz and set the timings to 8-8-8-24, but the computer woud not boot. I was getting a boot block message which was implying that I should use either a cd-rom or a usb drive to fix the bios due to it being corrupt (or something along those lines).

I was rather shocked as I've been running it at those timings stable for over 3 years before I went ahead to noise-proof the machine and forgot to reapply the timings.

I've also experienced some weird phenomena where the computer is getting power, all the fans are running (at least the case fans), but there's no activity on the screen (just blank/black).

Is the motherboard close to dying on me?

Edit: It also won't boot if I overclock the CPU to 3.8Ghz by changing the modifier. It's been running on 3.8Ghz stable for 3 years prior to this happening.
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Your memory settings are unstable, which causes the motherboard to think the BIOS has become corrupted.
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Your memory settings are unstable, which causes the motherboard to think the BIOS has become corrupted.

But can this be because the motherboard itself is close to death?

I've run memtest and it can't find any errors. the memory is supposed to run at 1600 8-8-8-24, and it has done so for 3 years until I decided to go for less noise at the expense of performance.

The pc won't boot when overclocking cpu either, so I believe the motherboard is failing.
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Originally Posted by Flaskehals View Post

But can this be because the motherboard itself is close to death?

I've run memtest and it can't find any errors. the memory is supposed to run at 1600 8-8-8-24, and it has done so for 3 years until I decided to go for less noise at the expense of performance.

The pc won't boot when overclocking cpu either, so I believe the motherboard is failing.

Possibly. You better start swapping out components to determine what is broken.
You should be aware though that the C4F has some weird bugs so all failures does not mean that the hardware is broken.
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