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November 3, 2013 11:48:53 PM

So when BF4 came out first came out, a buddy of mine was playing it on my computer while I was at class (I was totally fine with it). When I got back, he was saying how he was getting around 15 fps in the deploy screen on low graphics. So obviously I thought that was bull shit seeing as my computer is pretty good IMO. I checked out my processes and everything and everything seemed normal, but for some reason I was still getting 10-15 fps on the deploy screen. So I ran a full malwarebytes scan just to be sure nothing strange was going on. Lo and behold, my computer has 197 of the same virus spread randomly across my entire computer. So I got rid of them all, rebooted, and scanned again just to be sure. After that scan, it found another 30 of the same virus, again spread randomly across the computer. Removed the viruses, rebooted, scanned again, mid-way through the scan I got a BSOD. Rebooted, BSOD before I could get to the log on screen. Rebooted, crashed before the windows fancy dancy loading screen.

Finally did a quick google search, found out that I had an embedded trojan duplication virus in my start up files. So every time I started my computer, the virus would duplicate itself and spread the virus randomly in my documents. I haven't got a single clue how in the world I could have gotten that serious of a virus. Let me also just stop you guys out there, cuz I know exactly what your thinking, I wouldn't do such a horrible thing to my computer, I have other devices for that.

Anyways, it got to I point where I was tired of fighting the damn thing. So I just wiped my entire computer and re-installed windows. Worked perfectly, ran another full scan (twice in fact) and it came back with 0 viruses. Problem solved, right? Wrong. I started up BF4 again, worked perfectly for a good 30 minutes or so, then my entire computer crashed.

When I restarted, I luckily bumped my F12 key when it first started up. It brought me to the boot menu, which got me curious so I decided to check out the BIOS. When the BIOS page started up, I noticed at the top that my CPU temperature said it was at 95 degrees Celsius! I immediately shut down my computer and opened my tower just to make sure that it wasn't reading it wrong. Sure enough, my CPU was definitely close to 100 degrees Celsius.

After letting it cool back down, I ran a few tests just to make sure that it truly was overheating. I ended up coming up with the conclusion that either my liquid cooling isn't working at all, or my CPU is fucking up somehow. So today, I went out and got me some Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste from RadioShack so that I could take apart my computer and investigate a bit.

So I took out the entire liquid cooling setup, drained out the coolant, and took apart each individual section. I first started with the heat sink, and wanted to make sure that there wasn't anything blocking the coolant from flowing. Upon opening it up, I found a few black specs that seemed like they could have been the problem, as they were sorta blocking 25% of the small waterlines on the actual copper heat sink. So I cleaned that out, put it back together, and moved on to the radiator. Opened that baby up, cleaned it out, nothing out of the ordinary. Next moved on to the reservoir/pump, which I couldn't really do a whole lot besides clean it out seeing as the pump was fixed inside and was being a real asshole about the whole thing. Either way, I didn't think that the pump was the issue as my previous tests proved that the pump was actually working.

I put the whole liquid cooling system back together and back into the tower (minus the heat sink, for now). I then moved to the CPU, which only consisted of me taking it out of the bracket, cleaning it off, and putting it back in properly. I then reapplied the thermal paste, mounted the heat sink (which I also cleaned off previously), and put everything back together properly. At this point, I was thinking that the junk in the heat sink was the problem and that I just fixed my computer.

After turning it on, I checked the bios, and saw that the CPU temperature was already at 60 degrees celcius and rising. After 10 seconds or so, it was at 90 degrees, which caused me to turn off my computer. At this point, I was thinking that it no longer is a hardware problem, but a software problem. I thought that maybe my CPU is freaking out over a 10% overclock (which didn't make much sense to me, but at this point I'm going with anything). So I decided to reset my CMOS by locating the CLR_CMOS prongs on the motherboard, placing a screwdriver on them to make the circuit, and starting the computer back up (and yes, it was completely unplugged from everything when I reset the CMOS). I went through the normal default bios wizard thing, rebooted the computer, and went back into the BIOS to check everything out. I now noticed the my CPU was back at its default clocking (3.5 GHz), which I expected, but my CPU temperature was still rising quickly to 90 degrees Celsius.

Aaand now my terrible story is done. This is where I am at, completely lost and confused. I've checked pretty much every forum post and link, most of which just say to reseat the CPU. I feel like I've done everything, and that I'm completely ass fucked. At this point, I feel like my only option is to send it back in to get repaired, which I really, reeeaaally don't want to do.

So if anyone has ANY sort of idea of what I should try (besides deleting System32), I would greatly appreciate it. Or at least just reaffirm that I am royally boned and should go prepare my anus.


Also if it matters, here are my system specs, unformatted so your eyes will burn, in all of its glory.

ID-INFO 405937 VIPER 1 0.00 0.00
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SW-152-156 AMD TOMB RAIDER+BIOSHOCK INFINITE GAMES+FARCRY 3 BLOO 1 0.00 0.00
D DRAGON
SW-152-169 AMD CRYSIS 3 1 0.00 0.00
HS-509-101 ZALMAN ZM-HPS200 GAMING HEADSET 1 0.00 0.00
KB-151-105 RAZER CYCLOSA COMBINATION GAMING KEYBOARD AND MOUSE 1 0.00 0.00
MN-172-111 SCEPTRE E325BV-FMDU 32" 1920 X 1080 LED TV 1 248.00 248.00
CABLE-301-202 10FT HDMI TO HDMI M/M VER1.4 CABLE 1 10.00 10.00
CU-208-401 INTEL I7-4770K 3.5 GHZ 8M LGA1150 RETAIL 1 1,300.00 1,300.00
HD-504-702 128GB ADATA SP900 SATA III 6.0Gb/s SSD 1 -14.00 -14.00
HD-204-301 WD 1 TB CAVIAR BLUE SATA III 6.0 GB/ 7200 RPM 1 78.00 78.00
RM-324-101 ADATA XPG V2 8GB (2X4GB) DDR3 1600 1 0.00 0.00
FA-WATER-110 CYBERPOWER 240 WATER COOLER KIT 1 0.00 0.00
CS-130-167 BLACK COOLERMASTER HAF-XM MID TOWER GAMING CASE NO PO 1 6.00 6.00
WER
CD-146-101 BLACK SAMSUNG 24X DVDRW 1 -25.00 -25.00
MB-416-104 GIGABYTE GA-Z87-HD3 INTEL Z87 SATA 6 USB 3.0 CROSSFIR 1 0.00 0.00
EX LGA 1150
PS-119-109 APEVIA 900WATT POWER SUPPLY 1 0.00 0.00
VC-223-102 AMD RADEON 7870 2GB DDR5 PCI-E 3.0 1 0.00 0.00
NC-102-101 GIGABYTE PCI-E 802.11 B/G/N + BLUETOOTH 1 25.00 25.00
SW-170-101 WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUM LICENSE 1 0.00 0.00
SW-170-102 WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUM COA 1 0.00 0.00
SW-170-113 WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUM SP1 64-BIT 1 0.00 0.00
BOX1 SYSTEM BOX AND FOAM 1 0.00 0.00
CU-OVERCLOCK-1 PRO OVERCLOCK (10% MORE) 1 0.00 0.00
MISC ONBOARD 7.1 SOUND 1 0.00 0.00
FA-104-116 CASE FAN 120 MM 2 0.00 0.00
ULTRA-PACKAGING ULTRA ENHANCED PACKAGING SOLUTION 1 0.00 0.00
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November 3, 2013 11:55:22 PM

You probably have something gunked up in the tubes or something and have to clean your kit. Make sure your pump still works, and also make sure you are putting a little thermal paste. A little goes a long way-too much or too little will affect it, as much as a poorly seated waterblock. Also, did you mess with any settings in the BIOS? Any voltage increases or overclocks? Did you try setting it to default?
Are you certain it's 90+*C or just a faulty sensor? Are you certain it's Celsius and wasn't converted to Fahrenheit?

Edit: I see you already answered some of these-I was typing as I read :) 

Another thing, check to see if any pins are bent or broken or anything in the socket. Is there alot of dust built up inside your case?

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November 4, 2013 12:22:33 AM
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One question do you have the heatsink that came with your cpu? If so try it use only one pea size drop repeat only 1 pea size grain of thermal paste such as the artic silver you bought thats all you need in the center of your cpu try that heatsink and see how your temps are ...
I read alot about high temps with the haswells and people di lidding them so this could be a issue intel did a shitty job opp crappy job on the thermal paste with the core and heat spreader hope this helps report back.
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