Pulling my hair out for over a month now!

Hey guys,

I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on my situation. My computer had BSOD and wouldn't boot up over a month ago. I think it's a motherboard problem. What I've done since then:

1. RMA'ed my motherboard
2. RMA'ed my CPU
3. Bought new RAM, PSU, and Case.

So I basically have a new computer. Yet my setup still has problems.
What's happening with only the Case, PSU, and CPU attached is:

- CPU red light on mobo
- PSU's fan briefly turn on then off
- All the case fans and cpu fans keep spinning.

I've reseated my CPU and used my old PSU and had the same results. If anyone can give me some advice, I'd love to hear it! :)

Motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131736
CPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103913
Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066
New PSU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010
Old PSU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006
New RAM - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0037TO5C0/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00
Old RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314
Video Card - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908
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  1. Hi, I would test the board outside the case (on the board's box) for ruling out a shorting issue.
    Have you checked the CPU for bent pins?
  2. Yes it sounds like you have short problem, most likely you have an extra stand off on the back plate touching the back of the board in a place where it should not be. I would have a check like alexoiu says, buy taking it out of the case and sitting it on a card board box for a test. I would take a look at the Cpu temps and if the heat sink and fan are sat right on the Cpu and fitted right it may be over heating is the cause of the Bsod.
    Have a check that the memory voltage or the ram sticks is set right in the bios of the board and the timing and speed values of the memory are set right also in the bios.
  3. Change cmos battery.
  4. +1 weaselman...this could be a stand off issue
  5. Thanks everyone for the quick replies, I appreciate the help. At weaselman's and alexoiu's suggestion I pulled the motherboard out of the case and onto it's box.

    There must have been some shortage in there as now the CPU red light doesn't stay red, but the DRAM light is on and PSU's fan spins shortly then stops. These current symptoms was what I was experiencing last week with my old case and PSU (except the psu fans didnt stop spinning).

    I tried using both 1 stick of my old ram and 1 stick of my new ram. I placed them 1 at a time into 1 of the 4 ram slots with no difference. I also unplugged the power from the PSU, waited few minutes, then reset the CMOS using the pin. No affect.
  6. Hard to say now. If the RAM module is properly inserted and I guess it is, then it's either a board or a CPU issue. The short might have affected the CPU. RMA them again? I don't know.
  7. did you try 1.65 volt memory ?
  8. Hey guys,
    I tried to use RAM thats 1.5v and works on my gf's Sabertooth 990FX (same model). The DRAM light was still red, I held down the MemOk button and it eventually it would boot up and go into the BIOS. While I was in the BIOS, I just exited out and let it reset. It then reset, the DRAM light was solid red again.

    I called ASUS and described my problem and he suggested it was the motherboard. So I'll reply back to this thread on my results after 5-10 business days when the RMA is back haha. It's a bit frustrating, since this is the 2nd RMA of my motherboard.

    Thanks for the advice so far. Appreciate it.
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