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October 5, 2012 2:28:10 AM

Hi,

I used to overclock my I7 2600K @4.2ghz. I have 16 GB 1600 Mhz ram. The other day my computer froze up. I was unable to boot up except when I when back to the fail safe options. I now run my CPU at 3.4ghz and ram at 1333 Mhz. Do you know what could of happen to cause this? Is my PSU going bad? Thanks.

David

Other info:
OCZ 700 Watt
4 x 4 GB Ram 1600 Mhz
2 x GTX 670 in SLI
1 x 256 SSD
2 x 1 TB traditional hard drives.
October 5, 2012 5:03:59 AM

im no expert, but could possibly your components overheated and your mobo has gone into some sort of safe mode or has done something to protect itself and your components. dont quote me tho.
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October 5, 2012 5:56:40 AM

Your settings probably reset when you froze, you need to re-overclock again
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October 5, 2012 11:57:46 AM

Thanks for the reply. I did try to overclock again and I get endless reboots. I don't think I had a heat issue before because I was able to overclock fine. I'm using a Cooler Master fan for the CPU. I also have 3 120 mm fans through out the case. Thanks.
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October 5, 2012 6:29:25 PM

try resetting your mobo
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October 6, 2012 3:48:50 PM

I tried resetting my motherboard and updating my BIOS. I think my CPU is running to hot? Do you know what temperate a I7 2600K should be running at? Thanks.
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October 7, 2012 1:12:55 AM

with stock cooler?

average i think is 70? idk, but any processor over 90 is waaaaayyy too hot... and should think about getting a new cooler.
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October 7, 2012 2:13:57 AM

davidst95 said:
Hi,

I used to overclock my I7 2600K @4.2ghz. I have 16 GB 1600 Mhz ram. The other day my computer froze up. I was unable to boot up except when I when back to the fail safe options. I now run my CPU at 3.4ghz and ram at 1333 Mhz. Do you know what could of happen to cause this? Is my PSU going bad? Thanks.

David

Other info:
OCZ 700 Watt
4 x 4 GB Ram 1600 Mhz
2 x GTX 670 in SLI
1 x 256 SSD
2 x 1 TB traditional hard drives.


Components naturally degrade over time. Overclocking degrades them much faster. 4.2 Ghz on a 2600K is not a particularly aggressive overclock and I would not expect it to be causing problems for you at this stage but it is entirely possible that the chip that you have will no longer run stably at that frequency.

Chips ship from the factory with a VID that ensures sufficient supply voltage to allow the chip to run stable through its warranty period and ideally long afterwards. Most overclocking guides have you find the lowest stable voltage and stick with it. Over time, electromigration and other forms of degradation will render this voltage insufficient, necessitating small bumps. Most people will replace overclocked chips long before they become unusable/unreliable, but some chips will simply wear out faster than others.
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