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My new homebuild. Major Issues

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September 9, 2012 1:36:46 PM

Hey guys just built a new build. I am having some major issues, these are the specs.

Asrock Z77 Extreme 4

Intel i5 3570k

EVGA 660ti

Corsair 650W PSU

The issue here is when I boot the PC and log on it says "Display driver has stopped working" and the whole system crashes. Once in a while it will get logged on and crash after a while but I still can never get it to run any games.

When it boots in safe-mode it is completely fine.

I believe it may be the drivers but I have tried clean-install drivers on 306.04 and 304.48 and now I am trying 301.42.

Another issue before all this started happening the CPU would spike up to 99% usage and cause very disrupting lag spikes during games, google chrome and being on the desktop.
This leads me to believe that it may be a faulty PSU.
I really need some clarification on what parts are not working.

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a b Î Nvidia
September 9, 2012 1:41:05 PM

Are the two 6-pin connectors plugged into the graphics card?
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September 9, 2012 1:47:15 PM

Yes very securely.
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September 9, 2012 1:49:25 PM

Well, when I just launched Diablo III, it gave me the error nVidia Display Driver Kernal mode version 305.68 has stopped working.
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a b Î Nvidia
September 9, 2012 1:49:49 PM

It looks more like memory issue than PSU issue to be honest. Try running memtest.

www.memtest.org
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a b Î Nvidia
September 9, 2012 1:53:15 PM

It might also be graphics card, but that is harder to check (you need another PC).
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September 9, 2012 1:54:55 PM

Sunius said:
It might also be graphics card, but that is harder to check (you need another PC).


I have another computer on which I could test this from. This is the one which I am accessing the forums with.
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a b Î Nvidia
September 9, 2012 1:59:51 PM

Oh, that's great then. Just try the graphics card in this PC to see if it's still crashing.
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September 9, 2012 2:01:14 PM

The 306.02 driver did not help, I got artifacts on login and when I launched a game artifacts and a driver crash.
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September 9, 2012 2:04:14 PM

did you try to OC the card,, if so u may have caused damage.. and what windows are you running.. Home/Pro/Ultimate..
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September 9, 2012 2:07:29 PM

I am running Ultimate and I built this yesterday I have not tried OC'ing anything. But here is an interesting thing. When I installed the 8GB of Corsair Vengence there was a small plastic fiber stuck to the gold receptors when I put the Memory in with the plastic thing it would crash before booting up. I pulled off the plastic fiber and the whole system booted. Could the memory still be faulty?
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September 9, 2012 2:09:33 PM

I really feel sorry 4 u bro.. look u need to do every little thing that can let u kn what the problem is.. if u're saying that it's from the memory try other one get one from ur friend or ur old PC.. so is for the GFX till u find the problem..
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a b Î Nvidia
September 9, 2012 2:12:22 PM

So you didn't run memtest yet? Let it run for several passes if it doesn't get any errors right away, with 8gigs to test it is going to take some time, several hours at least

@redcode
faulty main ram can cause all sorts of problems, artefacting, random crashes/freezes etc...
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September 9, 2012 2:17:51 PM

Try running with one stick of ram and see what you get. If the ram is faulty and windows is trying to load the graphics drivers into that memory address, you could get crashes and BSOD's.
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September 9, 2012 2:33:17 PM

Okay since I am unfamiliar with Memtest I will first try using parts from another PC, GPU and Ram. I'll check back with the results.
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September 9, 2012 3:30:32 PM

Alright guys here is the news. I put in a GTX 470 and it didn't crash at all it is running games fine I just have one issue now. When I am playing (only tested on Diablo) my cpu usage spikes to 80% for a couple seconds, this happens pretty infrequently
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a b Î Nvidia
September 9, 2012 3:32:38 PM

^
That spiking is Diablo related. I get that as well on that game.

Looks like the graphics card is faulty. I'd contact the warranty.
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a b Î Nvidia
September 9, 2012 3:36:27 PM

Very low. Did you check CPU temps? Also, do you have something running in the background? What's using up the CPU?
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September 9, 2012 3:36:43 PM

It happened on Starcraft II also. What is the chance I got a faulty processor?
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September 9, 2012 3:45:33 PM

On Core-Temp
Tj. Max: 105 C

Power: 0.0 Watts

Core 1: 103C
Core 2: 104C
Core 3: 103C
Core 4: 103C

I smell a faulty CPU?
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September 9, 2012 3:46:12 PM

blackhade said:
On Core-Temp
Tj. Max: 105 C

Power: 0.0 Watts

Core 1: 103C
Core 2: 104C
Core 3: 103C
Core 4: 103C

I smell a faulty CPU?



those temps are way too hot! :ouch: 
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a b Î Nvidia
September 9, 2012 3:48:20 PM

I smell bad thermal paste job/heatsink job! Remove the heatsink, clean the old paste and apply a new one.
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September 9, 2012 3:54:20 PM

that's a little warm.Did you install the heat sink right? Use thermal past.
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September 9, 2012 3:54:41 PM

Sunius said:
I smell bad thermal paste job/heatsink job! Remove the heatsink, clean the old paste and apply a new one.


:lol: 

Can't reuse the old paste, have to re-apply brand new stuff. Use isopropyl alcohol to clean the old paste off the cpu and heatsink. I use a coffee filter soaked in it and make sure I keep it from spreading all over the die.
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a b Î Nvidia
September 9, 2012 4:13:10 PM

yeah it's overheating for sure...
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September 9, 2012 6:22:06 PM

Problem solved guys, took the processor and the 660 Ti back to microcenter and exchanged them for new ones and no issues at all. The setup is running smooth.
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a b Î Nvidia
September 9, 2012 6:30:44 PM

Grats, I'm glad you've solved it!
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September 10, 2012 12:58:11 AM

Best answer selected by blackhade.
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