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This morning as I was playing a game; my system crashed suddenly, image froze and system would not respond.

I proceeded to restart after which it would pass the ASUS logo, and just as the windows loading bar was supposed to appear, nothing happens. Just a ticking line on the top right of my screen.

My rig: A8V-XE mobo
Athlon X2 3800+ socket 939
1 gig ddr400 memory (dual channel 2x 512)

I had this rig overclocked for about a year, with seemingly safe temps of 33-32C at Idle and topping 50-51 at MAX load using 2 instances of prime 95. Zalman full copper cooler.

I started troubleshooting it, did the following:
Took out CPU, replaced with my old athlon 3200 (no result)
Took out hard drive, replaced with my old 80 GB (no result)
Replaced IDE cable, to no avail. Held the hard drive in my hand as I turned on the PC, and it did indeed seem to be reading, spinning and changing "tracks" not sure what to call it.

AT first, the system would get stuck where it says "Press DEL to enter setup, and would not do anything, upon pressing DEL it would get stuck saying entering setup, please wait. (yes of course i tried waiting, nothing happened)

Tried clearning the BIOS via the jumper on the mobo, nothing happened.
Upon removing the battery from the mobo and putting it back in, it now allows me to get into the bios options fine. After saving and restarting, it still gets stuck right before the windows loading bar (previos to actually entering windows). (WIndows is loading please wait screen if you are not sure what i am talking about)

My question is, acording to those symptoms, do you think it could be the CPU that is defective? Or the motherboard?
As I said the computer was simply sitting there as I was gaming so any physical damage is out of the question, unless its something long term due to overclocking.
The PC was overclocked from 200 MHZ to 260 MHZ and Memory reduced to 166. The CPU ran at 1.15 VOLTS (yes i under volted it from BIOS about 4 months ago to reduce temps)

[EDIT] Upon loading BIOS defaults it now booted and it WORKS.... ***? [/EDIT]
what a mystery

I am very sorry for most likely posting in the wrong section, altho I am not sure where to go, I have posted here before and got very good information and help.
    
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Crucial M4 240GB  H110 after 4x H220 RMA Win 8.1 64bit XL2420T Lightboost  
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SS 6Gv2  EVGA 1300G2  Arc Midi R2 Zowie AM, many opticals 
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This section is as good as any to post that question.

I'm leaning toward busted RAM. Try booting with only one stick, then swap that stick for the other one and try again. And if you have a friend with DDR memory you can try borrowing his sticks. Memory is often the culprit in these situations and is an easy thing to check. You can also download/burn Memtest86+ on a friend's computer, stick the disc in your CD ROM and reboot. You can probably load it as it doesn't need to get into Windows to run, and it will test your memory. You can also try running your memory in a friend's rig to see if it works.

The next easiest thing to check is the video card if you have a friend's computer to use. Swap in your video card for his and see if his system loads with your card. It's unlikely to be the card though, the motherboard would probably give a beep code if it was the video card's fault.

If the memory and vid card check out, and given that your CPU and HDD were tested to be ok, then it's probably your board. A bad PSU would reboot the system not freeze it. Hope this helps! It may be time for an upgrade and we can make it work no matter what your budget if you decide to do so.

EDIT: Saw your edit, glad to hear it's working now Maybe relax the overclock a bit this time haha and make sure to test for stability.
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