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Computer freezing and other issues. Motherboard problem?

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To start off, here are my computer's specs:
Intel Core i7-4770K
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H
ASUS GeForce® GTX 660 DirectCU OC
Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600
Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Swiftech H220
Corsair AX650
Windows 8 Pro x86

Back in the beginning of June I made myself a haswell build. Within the first month, the motherboard was having problems starting up. It would power cycle about 3-5 times before it would POST. I swapped the motherboard at Microcenter at the end of June. This new motherboard had no troubles booting up.

Around this time the Windows 8.1 preview was released. I decided to install it, and soon after, my computer started randomly freezing. There were no logs, no errors, it just froze. It would stutter for about half a second before freezing completly, playing the last few samples of audio in an endless loop. The reset button also wouldn't work when this happened. I had to flip the switch on the power supply. Because of the timing, I thought this was because of Windows 8.1. I wiped my SSD a week or two later and reinstalled Windows 8, but to my dismay, it would freeze on a completly clean copy of Windows 8 on its first boot. I hadn't installed anything or allowed Windows Update to run yet.

I should note that my computer was completly at its stock settings for this. No CPU overclock, no GPU overclock, etc.

Fast forward to today. I've had to put up with this thing for the past few months, and new symptoms are starting to appear. The computer froze in the BIOS for the first time. The USB 3.0 ports are acting strange in all operating system and the BIOS. Devices will randomly disconnect and reconnect for no apparent reason. This is only annoying when I'm actively using a USB HDD. In Linux, the BIOS, but not Windows, any USB keyboard will randomly get stuck repeating within 10 keystrokes. I have to replug the keyboard to fix this, but it's a hopeless battle because it does it again when I try to type something. This doesn't happen with the USB 2.0 headers.

So to sum it up:
  • Computer randomly freezes in a clean install of Windows 8 and the BIOS. Haven't tested Linux or been in it for more than a few minutes to see if it would freeze.
  • Motherboard's reset button doesn't work when it freezes.
  • USB 3.0 ports will randomly disconnect and reconnect.
  • Keyboards connected with USB 3.0 get stuck repeating keys in Linux, the BIOS, but not Windows. Keyboards work in USB 2.0


I've updated the BIOS and installed all proper, latest drivers for my hardware, but it still has problems. Temperatures are completely fine, so that's not the problem. The memory has no errors after about 12 hours of Memtest each.

Because it started happening around the time I got my new motherboard, I'm suspecting that's the cause, but does anybody else have any possible insights or suggestions?
Edited by abbb - 10/9/13 at 8:53pm
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Anybody?
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It does sound like a bad motherboard, See if you can get a RMA on it. I was going to say memory at first but you said you fully tested it with memtest.
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It sounds like it could well be a bad motherboard, although the next component I would be suspecting is the power supply, do you have another (spare, friends etc) to test with?
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Originally Posted by brodieboy143 View Post

It sounds like it could well be a bad motherboard, although the next component I would be suspecting is the power supply, do you have another (spare, friends etc) to test with?
It's definitely not the power supply. I've actually been having trouble with my new Corsair HX/AX PSUs dying in me, so I've been through 3 bad PSUs until I got the one I have now. And I've run the computer with my cheaper spare PSU and gotten the same results.
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