ASRock extreme 4 Z77 Motherboard
i5 3570K cooled by a Corsair H80i
16 GB Corsair Vengence 1600 RAM
2 EVGA SC GTX 660's in SLI
500 GB SeaGate 7200rpm hdd
OCZ Z Series 1000W Gold Power Supply
I recently overclocked my i5 3570K to 4.2 Ghz using an online overclocking guide. Following the guide I downloaded CoreTemp to monitor the cpu. I then changed the settings in the BIOS. I exited the BIOS and heard a pop sound. The computer shut itself down completely (Fans off, Lights off) for about two seconds and then turned itself back on. It booted to the Windows splash screen and I got a BSOD. I cleared the CMOS to return the BIOS back to factory settings. Computer still booted to Windows splash screen and then BSOD. There is no stop code on the BSOD, and no codes appear on the onboard debug screen on the motherboard. The BIOS also recognizes the hdd in the BIOS (makes me think the hdd is ok). So far I have run system restore, startup repair, and last known good configuration with and without the Windows install cd. I have also run several boot record fix commands in the command prompt. None of these have fixed the issue. Does this sound like a cpu or psu issue, even though it boots all the way to the Windows splash screen. Any insight would be greatly appriciated.
most pops i have heard have been psu's blown caps etc. i would remove everything that is not essential and give it a try and also try a spare psu if you have one available. with the blame game i usually go 1.psu ,2. mobo 3.everything else