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Alright I just got a brand new PSU, GameXStream, because I thought my old one was the reason why my PC is crashing. Wrong. It's still unstable, and not because of overclocking. Overclocking certainly helps it crash, because I can't even get into windows. Right now I'm at stock everything. When overclocked it dies on the windows loading screen.<br />
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When I can game, it crashes within about 5-15 minutes. <br />
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Here's the deal, my old motherboard didn't do this. It worked just fine with my setup. In fact, it worked better, except not as good of an overclocker. Abit AN8. I've given everything more than enough voltage, and its still unstable.<br />
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One thing I've noticed is that whenever my hard drive is spinning seems to be when it crashes. I also happened to drop the hard drive an hour or two ago. This hard dive hasn't been the greatest, but since they are so cheap right now, do you guys think going and buying one tomorrow would be a good idea?<br />
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I dunno, what do you guys think? <img src="/images/smilies/confused.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Confused" class="inlineimg" />
 

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Well, first of all dont offer rep. Give it out, but dont announce that you will. Secondly, it sounds like a motherboard short. Check all the spacers behind the motherboard and all over the case. Make sure no part of the motherboard is making contact with any metal parts of the case or anything conductive.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">Well, first of all dont offer rep. Give it out, but dont announce that you will. Secondly, it sounds like a motherboard short. Check all the spacers behind the motherboard and all over the case. Make sure no part of the motherboard is making contact with any metal parts of the case or anything conductive.</div>

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</div>Alright, will do.
 

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Swap in a new HDD cable and test the HDD for defects. <br />
<a href="http://www.maxtor.com/portal/site/Maxtor/menuitem.8db0c3d6932ced37294198b091346068/?channelpath=/en_us/Support/Software%20Downloads" target="_blank">http://www.maxtor.com/portal/site/Ma...re%20Downloads</a>
 

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Running the system on a piece of cardboard. No errors yet.<br><br>
Thanks Duke, will try that.
 

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lol cardboard nice i opt out for a wooden chair
 

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Peice of cardboard, lmao. Nice idea though. I didnt think of actually running it outside of the case.
 

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Yeah this Maxtor software is slow as hell. And it's passed every single test so far... ;/ I was looking for an excuse to get a new hard drive lol.<br><br>
Oh, and to complicate matters further, my case doesn't use standoffs. It has just rised pieces of metal that contact the board. So I'll scratch my head some more.
 

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man screw getting a new hdd and get a new case<br><br>
edit: thats too nice of a mobo to fry it on a pos case IMO
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">man screw getting a new hdd and get a new case<br><br>
edit: thats too nice of a mobo to fry it on a pos case IMO</div>
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Yeah, I thought about that. But then I would have to wait a week to get a new one, and if I wanted to get it Fry's, I would overpay out the ass. A hard drive is a hard drive. I could get a new one pretty much anywhere for cheap. But, if it really is the case (which it probably is) then so be it. I'll order a Lian-Li or Thermaltake.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yeah this Maxtor software is slow as hell. And it's passed every single test so far... ;/ I was looking for an excuse to get a new hard drive lol.<br><br>
Oh, and to complicate matters further, my case doesn't use standoffs. It has just rised pieces of metal that contact the board. So I'll scratch my head some more.</div>
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Make sure there isnt a riser where no MB hole exhists.<br>
ie. an extra riser could short the MB, but since it's out of the case <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> I'll move on.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Make sure there isnt a riser where no MB hole exhists.<br>
ie. an extra riser could short the MB, but since it's out of the case <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> I'll move on.</div>
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Yeah thats definitely a possibility. Hard to actually figure out which one is the bad riser, and I would either have to cut it out or put something non-conductive behind it. But, if everything seems to run good after this test, I think we'll know.
 

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dont you have any of those little washer things that sit between your case's spacers and your mobo? if not make some outta cardboard seeing though you already got your rig on some
 
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Yep, and its still not looking good even on cardboard. System fails to run stable at 2.7Ghz. Got a BSOD, not a total shutdown or hang like earlier.<br><br>
Tried to run ram in the yellow slots. Wouldn't post.
 

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eek doesnt sound good. maybe it is the hd then. have you gots another to test
 

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HDHealth <a href="http://www.panterasoft.com/download.html" target="_blank">Download</a>.
 
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Lol, guess what I haven't tried yet? Clearing the CMOS. I just did about 30 minutes ago and I've been playing COD2 without errors or anything. Remember, everything is stock, so I haven't won just yet. Will try my OC settings in a little bit, just enjoying my stable computer for right now.<br><br>
EDIT - and thank god for DFI's integrated power switch on the motherboard. DFI gets a Rep+ for that one.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">Lol, guess what I haven't tried yet? Clearing the CMOS. I just did about 30 minutes ago and I've been playing COD2 without errors or anything. Remember, everything is stock, so I haven't won just yet. Will try my OC settings in a little bit, just enjoying my stable computer for right now.<br />
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EDIT - and thank god for DFI's integrated power switch on the motherboard. DFI gets a Rep+ for that one.</div>

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</div>Wow I was just gonna say clear cmos. I was having similar problems that got worse over time til my PC wouldn't post... cleared cmos... fixed <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">Wow I was just gonna say clear cmos. I was having similar problems that got worse over time til my PC wouldn't post... cleared cmos... fixed <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" /></div>

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</div>Yeah, whats with that? Why is it something like that would happen? <img src="/images/smilies/confused.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Confused" class="inlineimg" />
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">Yeah, whats with that? Why is it something like that would happen? <img src="/images/smilies/confused.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Confused" class="inlineimg" /></div>

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</div>In my case I was having trouble installing my raid drivers and it happened after about 30 or so hard power downs in a row.
 
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