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Worst luck ever? Am I missing something?

I am building my first water cooled computer and have been riddled with issues. I bought all new components sans cpu and motherboard (I planned on finally overclocking my stuff now that heat would be less of an issue). Now I have built a computer before and it has been rock solid for years. I've replaced things with that as computer as necessary and never had any real issues. I've never had to RMA something ever before...

I built my water cooling rig slowly and carefully. It finally fired up after messing about with a RAM issue. It lasted about a week. I was getting BSOD's on booting into windows with increasing frequency and once into windows I was getting video display driver crashes (however safe mode worked) with increasing frequency until finally I was unable to be in windows without my display driver crashing for minutes on end until I restarted. Computer would no longer boot windows (BSOD after a few seconds of seeing windows logo).

I still had the video card from my old computer and popped it in, all the issues went away. I took the water block off my graphics card and looked for anything obvious and carefully reassembled it. Issue remained. I bought a new graphics card and had to order some fresh thermal pads so for about a week I was using the card with the stock cooler and had no further issues with graphics card.

One day about a week later I push the power button and though it sounds like the computer is on (fans & lights) I get no display. The video card works (confirmed with friends computer) so I figure my 4 year old MB has died. I buy a new MB and CPU install them and boots right up first try. However it still will not enter windows (BSOD). I have three hard drives (1 ssd, 1 2tb spinning type, and one 500gb spinning type). My windows bootloader is on my old 500gb hard drive but windows itself is on my ssd. And as I haven't reformmated for over a year I reformat. I no longer have issues booting into windows.

Later that same day after a computer restart to install some drivers I no longer get a display. Sigh... My motherboard has led's that will illuminate and stay illuminated for issues with cpu, ram, vga, and boot device. The vga led is illuminated. I try a different pci express slot and voila I get a display. The pci express slot that works however is x4 instead of x16. So for the first time ever in my life I RMA the board.

This brings us all the way up to the present. The replacement motherboard is currently in transit and I happy at least have a gaming capable machine for the four day thanksgiving holiday. Haha silly me. After getting the computer up and running and doing the basics of installing drivers and dl'ing some of my steam games I got eat some thanksgiving turkey (omnomnom). I leave my computer on when I'm gone, and too tired to play games when I get back I leave it on all night (happy to hear it going finally). The next morning I do get some gaming in, a three hour session of Max Payne 3 (CPU at 26 Celsius load! Graphics card peaked at 32 Celsius load! In Hawaii with no A/C in the house!). I decided to restart the computer and upon restart no longer get a display...

Investigation shows the error led light for DRAM is now lit. I try different slots, try one stick of ram in different slots, I try my old 1333 mhz ram. Nothing. Still no display even though fans and power lights are on. My old RAM has colorful blinking lights on it and those don't even come on so it's like my RAM slots aren't getting power?

So my question is there any overarching cause that would cause a failure of a graphics card, presumably a motherboard (old), one pci express spot on the new motherboard, and now cause RAM issues? The only two things that could cause interface in such a broad manner that I know of would be a bad psu or case (short?). I casually glanced through voltages both in bios and using hwmonitor and didn't notice anything odd, though I don't really know what I'm looking for. Should I be concerned for my future motherboard that I am getting shortly?

System as of current:
Corsair 900D case
Asus sabertooth 990FX rev 2.0
AMD FX 8350 black ed
1000W Antec HCP platinum psu
PNY geforce 760
Crucial Ballistix 1600mhz 8gb (2x4gb sticks) BLE4G3D1608DE1TX0.16FKD
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  1. When you build the water loop, did you do a 24 hours run test to make sure there were no leaks? Even though the liquid in the loop is supposed to be non-conductive(as non-conductive as it can be I guess) if it leaks on your components, dust and what not with the liquid can still cause shorts.
  2. I am 99.999999999999999999999% sure there are no leaks in my loop. Throughout all this I have been keeping a close eye on my fittings, tubing, blocks, radiators, etc. and I have not seen the slightest bit of moisture on anything. I'm using compression fittings as well. I didn't leak test for 24 hrs before the first use. I tested for leaks for only about 45 minutes before connecting and sending power to any electrical stuff. But it has it has been more than 24 hrs at this point even with my limited uptime and I still have yet to see any leaking.
  3. So I bent the pins on my cpu as I was taking the water block off my cpu so I could RMA the motherboard... I was wiggling the block as much as the bolts holding it on would allow (FFS why is thermal paste THAT sticky?) and eventually I used enough force to pull the cpu out of the socket while the lock was still down and bent the pins. $200 chip less than a week old no big deal. I hate my life.
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    Relax. Take a small flat head screwdriver and coax them back into position, or mostly into position. Only thing that matters is being able to fit them all into the holes when you reinsert the Cpu. I've done it before, it's not the end of the processor. When trying to take a heatsink off, I usually twist it off instead of pulling. Just gotta break that suction seal or whatever is causing it to stick to the cpu so well.
  5. OP here, I finally did get everything up and running. I never found a decisive cause as to all of my problems, but my suspicions lie with the fan controller I had (and removed). There were bare wires that pulled out of the plug (Lamptron POS) and were sitting on a metal part of my case. It had a whole 12v rail connected to it. I don't know if that was the issue, as the mount the motherboard sits on is supposed to isolate the board from the case is it not? Anyway new motherboard arrived and haven't had any more issues. I put gfx card in very carefully and cut a shorter cooling hose that would help support the weight of the gfx card (pull up slightly) to minimize risk of damage the slot. Been rock solid for a year+ now. Low low cpu and gfx card temps even when it is 85 degrees F in my room. It's cooler than ambient not under load and 5-10 degrees above ambient under heavy load.
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