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Hewwo again!

I have recently purchased a new motherboard (GA-M770-DS3) and Hard Drive (Seagate 250GB / 7200RPM SATA) after my experience that I have named the "Hard Drive Holocaust".

Problem is, I cannot Overclock this new Gigabyte board with my AMD Athlon X2 5000+ BE What. So. Ever.

Ive tried numerous voltages. From setting the voltage fairly low (1.325Vcore) to setting it fairly high (1.45) using numerous Multipliers. Even my favorite setting with my old board ( 13 x 212 = 3.2Ghz) Fails with numerous Vcore settings!

Failures to boot, BSODs, Random Application crashes, trying to connect to the internet - You name it, and Its been crashing! I even crashed BONE STOCK at 2.6Ghz!

I have a few suspicions that I would like you guys to advise me on...

1) When I transferred my CPU to the new board, I re-applied thermal-paste even though there was a generous amount on. Perhaps I should go through, use some nail-polish remover, and replace with one even layer? Maybe its a secret heat-problem!

2) ALSO while transferring the CPU, I had bent some pins. I had managed to bend them back into place with a combination of tweezer-thingies and credit cards. Would this have an affect?

3) I hear the North/South bridges get VERY hot. Mayhap that would inhibit my OCing / Stability?

4) RAM going bad. Yes? Im running Memtest (Off the Windows Vista CD) to check.

Im very dissappointed that either I, or Gigabyte, would let this happen.

/Facepalm
/Because he is a disgrace to OCers everywhere
/Sorry
    
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You say you bent some pins and it BSODs on stock settings? That cold be bad. First I would try to get the system stable at stock settings, before doing any overclocking. Test everything to make sure, but I'm guessing maybe you damaged the CPU. Also, did you reformat or at least made sure to completely clean out all the old mobo drivers after you installed the new one? Most people do a clean install of Windows when they switch mobos, but a total driver cleaning should be enough (use Drive Cleaner Pro).
Edited by Melcar - 5/31/08 at 9:47pm
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Yup,New Hard Drive, New Install of Vista.

Why would the pins cause problems?

I thought if it booted = Problem solved!
    
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When they got bent they may have been damaged, despite you bending them into place again. Make sure the RAM is working as well.
Load the fail safe settings in the BIOS and run it like that. However, sometimes certain boards have weird default settings that may cause problems with certain combinations of hardware, so you have input values manually, like RAM timings for example (use the timings and voltage the manufacturer recommends).
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True, True, Im going to check that next. Im currently replacing all the default north/southbridge Thermal paste with artic silver, adding a 40MM Fan to the South, and cleaning off/reapplying Thermal paste to the CPU Heatsink
    
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True, True, Im going to check that next. Im currently replacing all the default north/southbridge Thermal paste with artic silver, adding a 40MM Fan to the South, and cleaning off/reapplying Thermal paste to the CPU Heatsink

Dont get to generous with the paste a little goes a long ways.
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Found it!

Wow, The Quality Control at Gigabyte muffed up on this one. I check the Southbridge, there's some cheap-o Thermal paste. Thats fine. I scrape it off, Reapply some AS5 Baby!

Now I move onto the Northbridge, and there is absolutely NOTHING.

And now my rig is A-Okay, and I got my highest 3DMark06 Score Ive ever gotten since! Time to keep OCing!
    
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Interested to know if you managed to get that chip past 3.2?

Also, that BE, it has a 512k cache right? or did amd step it up to 1m yet?
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3.4Ghz with same board/cpu
tho I oc with their software and didn't do stress test,
still exciting to see that PI result's great too
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