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In my home PC I've had a Core 2 Quad Q6600 (2.4GHz) for about 4 months now.  I'm very pleased with it and, among other benefits, I *know* I can be running SQL Server jobs and not worry about Warcraft or Counterstrike slowing down. :-)

Last weekend I noticed that I was getting some substantial artifacts on the screen; crazy stuff was appearing at random intervals, and then I crashed.  I finally got Windows back up, started the Asus PC Probe (a tool that reports various stats about your computers internal hardware, such as temperature and fan RPM) and I saw that my northbridge - the part that connects the memory and high-speed graphics bus to the CPU - was overheating massively.  Just about 2 seconds later I crashed again.

I grabbed a box fan, opened up my computer, and let it cool for about an hour.  When I rebooted, I was again met with the artifacts, now displaying not only in graphics mode, but during the BIOS boot screen.  Bad day.

Hoping to determine whether it was the video card or motherboard, I grabbed another video card and plugged it in.  I got absolutely nothing.  Concluding the motherboard was friend, I ordered a new one - it's got some nice room for moving up, the 790i chipset is awesome, and when I buy components like this I like to have room to grow.

So I finally get the power supply and CPU moved over, install my graphics card, and go to boot it up.  I'm evidently green-green colorblind (or the case power switch doesn't work), but lucky for me there's a power switch on the base of the motherboard (handy - go EVGA!).  Finally turn it on, and much to my chagrin, I see artifacts; guess the heat fried the video card too. 

So I went into the system BIOS and I'm pretty impressed.  Nice, very specific options for overclocking.  Then I go into the system status screen.

Current CPU Temperature:     102°C / 216°F

CRAP!  Turn the power switch!

I guess I didn't have the heat sink seated correctly....  Oops.

Posted on Friday, May 2, 2008 8:50 AM | Back to top

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Just out of curiosity what FSB are you running and what type of memory?

I have been having interesting problems getting 8GB to work well at 1600MHZ....

Left by TheCPUWizard on May 02, 2008 8:54 PM

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