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new build having a few issues think it MOBO related first time builder

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November 26, 2013 4:03:02 PM

ok here it is ....and its driving me nuts
here is my build
[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/27XSD) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/27XSD/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/27XSD/benchmarks/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54670k) | $199.99 @ Microcenter
**CPU Cooler** | [Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-r...) | $25.99 @ Mwave
**Motherboard** | [MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-z87g45gami...) | $124.99 @ Newegg
**Memory** | [Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmy8gx3m2a1...) | $79.99 @ NCIX US
**Storage** | [Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-driv...) | $89.99 @ Microcenter
**Storage** | [Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-h...) | $84.79 @ Amazon
**Video Card** | [Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100363...) | $326.13 @ Newegg
**Case** | [NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-caph410w1) | $84.98 @ Amazon
**Case Fan** | [Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition 39.9 CFM 120mm Fan](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-fan-co9050001...) | $14.99 @ Amazon
**Case Fan** | [Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition 39.9 CFM 120mm Fan](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-fan-co9050001...) | $14.99 @ Amazon
**Case Fan** | [Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition 39.9 CFM 120mm Fan](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-fan-co9050001...) | $14.99 @ Amazon
**Case Fan** | [Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition (2-Pack) 37.9 CFM 120mm Fans](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-fan-co9050006...) | $27.99 @ Newegg
**Power Supply** | [XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1750bbef...) | $99.99 @ NCIX US
**Optical Drive** | [Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-optical-drive-bw12b1s...) | $58.99 @ NCIX US
**Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-gfc02050) | $89.00 @ Amazon
**Keyboard** | [Corsair Vengeance K70 Wired Gaming Keyboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-keyboard-ch9000011...) | $119.99 @ NCIX US
**Other**| Nzxt hue|
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $1457.78
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-26 18:52 EST-0500 |


yeah sorry if that was long and nuts but i just ran gpu-z and its saying thats my pcie 3.0x16 is basically running at v1.1 and everytime i try and run the application rate my system or benchmark my GPU my pc freezes to a black screen and i need a hard restart to get out
please help im so lost .....this is my first build btw so go easy

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November 26, 2013 4:26:58 PM

Your parts are all good, so I am going to give you a Tom's link for some things to go over. There are other links from here too. Much doesn't apply since it is already working, but perhaps there is something about your install that you overlooked. In general it sounds like drivers or perhaps improperly applied thermal paste to the CPU? You might want to try Re-installing the AMD graphics driver too, assuming you did install it! ( make sure you uninstall it first ) You might want to un-seat and then re-seat the GPU. Is the MB perfectly aligned with the input panel. Sometimes the stand-offs under the MB are the wrong size and the GPU is not properly seated. Double check ( un-seat / re-seat ) the RAM.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-perform-ste...
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November 26, 2013 4:37:57 PM

I have done all of that .... I have run a stress test on the CPU for 24 hrs without it getting over 49 degrees I do have it in the right pice according to the motherboard manual ..... I was extremely meticulous about this build as it was my first and to me that was quite a bit of money not to be .... I guess my next step is to try the gpu in a diff slot and see what happens from there and as I was looking at the gpu-z screen it was changing from pciex16 2.0 to pciex16 1.1 back and forth
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December 23, 2013 6:26:37 AM

So it turns out the sapphire radeon R9-280x vapor x was doa amazon is great for returns and ended up getting a evga gtx770 2 gb and everything is running great
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