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BSOD Error 124 After Hardware Upgrade

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April 15, 2013 6:48:20 PM

I recently upgraded my PC with a new motherboard, graphics card, CPU, and SSD. After installing Windows 7 onto my SSD, I installed the drivers for my graphics card and motherboard. Things seemed to be going smoothly, but after connecting my old hard drive I am now getting BSOD error 124 constantly. I initially thought that this was due to some kind of driver conflict, (my old HDD still has my old drivers and OS on it,) but after disconnecting it I'm still crashing. Even idling on the desktop for too long causes it to crash. I'm fairly certain that this is a graphics card driver error, (or an an issue with some kind of driver,) but I'm not certain. If I try to access the internet the computer just gets gradually slower until it shuts down after a few minutes.

Basically, I'm wondering if anyone else has had a similar problem and how they alleviated it. This is a brand new SSD with nothing on it but the OS and drivers, so I think that narrows it down quite a bit. If I go into Windows experience index, my graphics card has a score of 1. If I try and refresh it, it crashes before it finishes. Would overheating cause this? I wasn't overclocking so I don't think that's the issue, either.

-MOTHERBOARD: Asrock Z77 Extreme 4
-CPU: i5 3570K
-GPU: Gigabyte 7970 GHz Edition
-PSU: OCZ 700W
-SSD: OCZ Agility 3

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April 15, 2013 7:35:39 PM

With the new mb boot into the bios and check the mb bios rev. It may be so old it missing CPU and ram code or bug fixes. With the newer x77 chipset the ipgpu is the first video device now. In the bios go under primary display and et it to peg/pci then under it turn on muilty monitor support if you want both the ipgpu and gpu to be on. Reboot the pc and move the video cable from on board video port to the gpu port. Download intel chipset drivers and install them. Reboot and under video devices should be a standard VGA device.then download the newest video driver from amd/nivida.
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April 16, 2013 6:24:46 PM

Well I'm officially an idiot. Turns out, overheating WAS the issue. When I replaced my CPU I didn't properly attach the heatsink and it didn't make a proper bond with the processor. I went into my BIOS setup and saw my processor was at 80 degrees. I reapplied thermal paste and made sure the heatsink was properly attached, and now it runs perfectly.

Well, at least the solution was simple. :S

I CAN FINALLY PLAY BIOSHOCK INFINITE.
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