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[Help please] Unable to install any OS onto any HDD with a Gigabyte Z170x Gaming 3 Motherboard after sudden BSOD's.

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Thread Starter 
OK, so, here goes (apologies for long post)

I recently built a new rig with the below components:

New components:

CPU: i7-6700K
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 3000mhz (2x8GB) M/B:
Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 3
GFX: Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming
Cooling: Corsair Hydro H75i

Old components:

PSU: Silverstone Zeus 1200W (ZM1200M)
HDD: Samsung Evo 250GB (Health Check OK)

So the issue started about 4 weeks after the build was completed and had been working flawlessly.

Installation was windows 7 PRO from DVD Media, then upgraded to windows 10 via Windows Update.

Approx 4 weeks later, the computer blue screened and restarted. Error logs indicating a conflict with VPN Software (Cisco Anyconnect) - This was uninstalled and cleaned from the OS.

Bluescreens then got closer in frequency for approx 3 days, then completely unable to boot into windows even in safe mode.

This is where things get weird....:

I attempted to re-install windows 10 from USB Media (using the proper windows 10 media creation tool) the installation was blue screening almost immediately after installation beginning.

I attempted to install from the original Windows 7 Pro media via SATA DVD Drive (the one that worked flawlessly before) - this was then blue screening during the actual file transfer stage (the start) of the installation.

At this stage, I thought the SSD was faulty, so I swapped it with another SSD of the same make. After some fiddling around with DISKPART, I managed to get an active partition on to the drive, as it was not recognizing the drive in the Windows Installation section. - This ultimately had the same Blue screening error as well.

At this point i began to swap out hardware one by one.

*Swapped out RAM with known working different brand (single 4GB module).
*Swapped out graphics card with known working different model, low powered.
*Swapped out HDDs (2x Samsung SSD's which have since been reused in other systems with no issues) - Have also tried multiple platter drives.
*swapped out SATA cables

Unable to swap out CPU as I don't have another 1151 board or CPU to test. Unable to swap out PSU as I don't have another to test.

BIOS and CMOS have been cleared and factory settings restored. (settings were factory upon first installation previously)

At this point i'm inclined to believe that its a hardware fault with the motherboard as nearly all other hardware has been swapped out and it still wont allow me to install any OS or installation media.

Has anyone had any experience with this or have any ideas as to why it suddenly will not accept an OS installation OR work when one is installed?
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-6700K Skylake 4Ghz Gigabyte GA-Z170X Gaming 3  Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming, 8GB 16GB (2x8GB) Vengeance LPX Black C15 3000Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
250GB Samsung EVO 850 (SSD) WD 4TB 5,900rpm Corsair Hydro H75 (p/p) Windows 10 PRO 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer Predator XB1 28" 4K UHD G-Sync Logitech G910 Mechanical EVGA SuperNOVA 750W G2 80+ Gold Modular NZXT S340 (Black/Blue) + 2x 140mm NZXT Case Fans 
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Logitech G502 Gigabyte 
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Intel Core i7-6700K Skylake 4Ghz Gigabyte GA-Z170X Gaming 3  Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming, 8GB 16GB (2x8GB) Vengeance LPX Black C15 3000Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
250GB Samsung EVO 850 (SSD) WD 4TB 5,900rpm Corsair Hydro H75 (p/p) Windows 10 PRO 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer Predator XB1 28" 4K UHD G-Sync Logitech G910 Mechanical EVGA SuperNOVA 750W G2 80+ Gold Modular NZXT S340 (Black/Blue) + 2x 140mm NZXT Case Fans 
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Did you take note of the description of these bluescreens? Have you tried using the integrated graphics instead of the graphics card?
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Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Asustek P5Q-PRO Nvidia 9800 GTX+ Kingston DDR2 8gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital 1 TB Pioneer Noctua NH-U9B Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell Monitor Logitech G110 Antec 750W Thermaltake Aluminium Old Case 
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Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Asustek P5Q-PRO Nvidia 9800 GTX+ Kingston DDR2 8gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital 1 TB Pioneer Noctua NH-U9B Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell Monitor Logitech G110 Antec 750W Thermaltake Aluminium Old Case 
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Thread Starter 
The Windows 7 BSOD error is 0x00000050 PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGE_AREA - Which indicates faulty RAM.

The Win10 error is: DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL


But as I said, I replaced the ram with another stick of known working RAM from a different manufacturer.....
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-6700K Skylake 4Ghz Gigabyte GA-Z170X Gaming 3  Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming, 8GB 16GB (2x8GB) Vengeance LPX Black C15 3000Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
250GB Samsung EVO 850 (SSD) WD 4TB 5,900rpm Corsair Hydro H75 (p/p) Windows 10 PRO 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer Predator XB1 28" 4K UHD G-Sync Logitech G910 Mechanical EVGA SuperNOVA 750W G2 80+ Gold Modular NZXT S340 (Black/Blue) + 2x 140mm NZXT Case Fans 
MouseMouse Pad
Logitech G502 Gigabyte 
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Intel Core i7-6700K Skylake 4Ghz Gigabyte GA-Z170X Gaming 3  Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming, 8GB 16GB (2x8GB) Vengeance LPX Black C15 3000Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
250GB Samsung EVO 850 (SSD) WD 4TB 5,900rpm Corsair Hydro H75 (p/p) Windows 10 PRO 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer Predator XB1 28" 4K UHD G-Sync Logitech G910 Mechanical EVGA SuperNOVA 750W G2 80+ Gold Modular NZXT S340 (Black/Blue) + 2x 140mm NZXT Case Fans 
MouseMouse Pad
Logitech G502 Gigabyte 
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