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Thanks guys - this is really annoying. I have a car to rebuild over the next few months so I didn't really want to have to drop a couple of grand on a new PC.. With any luck the PSU I switch in tomorrow fixes the problem but I don't have high hopes.

How about running some tests on your RAM and CPU. Really looking like something is wrong. IMO could vary well be the motherboard, considering the way your pc has been freezing.

IF your CPU is overclocked time to bring it back to stock. Make sure RAM settings are correct. Then try a Mem Test and then some good old P95.

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Not to be gloom bug, but you say the cards worked fine before you bought them and the first thing you did was tear off the heatsink and put fresh tim on??? Looking at the pictures and reading through the rest of it, you probably boinked the cards yourself.

You can't kill a card by taking the heatsink off.

Replacing TIM on a Videocard is childs play.

He did nothing wrong with the removal of the heatsink from the cards, In Fact I do the same with any videocard I buy. I don't Trust Stock TIM applications and tend to run water on my main cards anyways.
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Thanks guys - this is really annoying. I have a car to rebuild over the next few months so I didn't really want to have to drop a couple of grand on a new PC.. With any luck the PSU I switch in tomorrow fixes the problem but I don't have high hopes.
Hey, I'm piss broke and am trying to scrounge up enough money to get a half decent GPU for my main rig so its not bottlenecking my monster CPU so much. That, and being less power hungry is a bonus as well.
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Not to be gloom bug, but you say the cards worked fine before you bought them and the first thing you did was tear off the heatsink and put fresh tim on??? Looking at the pictures and reading through the rest of it, you probably boinked the cards yourself.
Except its now doing it with the older card he was using before, a card that was functioning just fine.
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Not to be gloom bug, but you say the cards worked fine before you bought them and the first thing you did was tear off the heatsink and put fresh tim on??? Looking at the pictures and reading through the rest of it, you probably boinked the cards yourself.
Nice try, but one of the cards was already cooking when I first put them in. That's the only reason I opened it in the first place. Pretty much established at this point that the cards themselves weren't the issue even though one of them is hot.

If you read back you'll see the sequence of events.

1. I bought 2 cards to upgrade from my trusty 6950

2. Had random hang ups in games and sedentary duties like watching videos.

3. Tested cards individually. One of them was overheating. I stripped it and replaced the TIM. Twice. Didn't entirely fix that card's issues but the other one's temps were fine so I put that card in on its own to get by for now.

4. System still hanging up on the good card.

5. After multiple driver versions I put the 6950 back in and the hang ups persisted. Even started doing it in BIOS.

6. Switched in a spare 500W PSU. System worked perfect until the first round of Windows updates and a restart, then hung up immediately so I gave up for tonight because it's pretty much pissing me off and I'm about to put it in the bin. I'll come back tomorrow with another PSU and hope for the best.
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How about running some tests on your RAM and CPU. Really looking like something is wrong. IMO could vary well be the motherboard, considering the way your pc has been freezing.

IF your CPU is overclocked time to bring it back to stock. Make sure RAM settings are correct. Then try a Mem Test and then some good old P95.
You can't kill a card by taking the heatsink off.

Replacing TIM on a Videocard is childs play.

He did nothing wrong with the removal of the heatsink from the cards, In Fact I do the same with any videocard I buy. I don't Trust Stock TIM applications and tend to run water on my main cards anyways.
CPU already brought back to stock, same with the RAM. Has been since I was first having issues, wanted to get those out of the equation straight away. RAM is 2000 running at 1066 :l

I'll see if I can get a memtest to run without locking up. Not really sure what tests I can run on the CPU itself, in my experience if they fail they fail and that's that... no POST, no nothing. Open to suggestions though as always smile.gif
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CPU already brought back to stock, same with the RAM. Has been since I was first having issues, wanted to get those out of the equation straight away. RAM is 2000 running at 1066 :l

I'll see if I can get a memtest to run without locking up. Not really sure what tests I can run on the CPU itself, in my experience if they fail they fail and that's that... no POST, no nothing. Open to suggestions though as always smile.gif

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If it is not the RAM I would look into RMAing the mobo.
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Can't RMA it, I bought it 2nd hand as an upgrade from my CH IV... I realise now that was a silly move tongue.gif
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How many beeps did it give?
It would be cpu,mobo or ram.
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Ran memtest86+ overnight, no errors detected. That leaves CPU / mobo I guess. I'm not sure how many beeps it gave, somewhere around 4 perhaps. Barely any gap between beeps, kinda tricky to count them. I thought this motherboard relied more on the on-board POST code display than beep codes.
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Doesn't match any of the codes listed there, I am familiar with how to check beep codes. Thanks though smile.gif
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