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Old June 19, 2010, 03:31 PM
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I'm putting together a build for a buddy at work and am running into some trouble. I thought it was running a bit too hot, so I checked realtemp and ran prime95 and sure enough, the thing overheated and BSOD'd. I reapplied thermal compound, checked cooler assembly and tried again, same problem.

Finally I swapped the scythe shuriken cooler for the i7 stock cooler and ran the thing open to the air and reapplied thermal. BSOD again. Specs are :

i7 930
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Is Prime95 usually that brutal on stock settings?!? It's not OC'd at all and heatsink should be mounted properly so I can't figure out what to do. I know i7s run hot, but this seems a little ridiculous.

Any help would be great as I'm running out of ideas.

Thanks

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Old June 19, 2010, 03:57 PM
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No, you've got a problem somewhere, that's for sure. Hard to say what, exactly. What kind of temperatures were you seeing before it crashed? It may not actually be thermally-related, since P95 actually tends to be rather slow to crash (which is why people often prefer other programs for initial stability testing).

-good thermal paste pattern on the CPU's IHS?
-BIOS settings all good? A lot of 1366 memory need 1.65V to run at their rated specs, but a lot of bios default to a lower value.
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Old June 19, 2010, 04:03 PM
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without knowing the temps its hard to say.... I really like to Blam ram and motherboard First... Then i work my way down the line.
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How do you know it overheated? Were you monitoring the temperatures with Real Temp or Core Temp? If not, download one of those two utilities and see what the actual temperatures are.
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Old June 19, 2010, 04:16 PM
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Last time I check you don't get BSOD when its overheating. It just automatically shuts off.

check your ram, double check those timings and voltages.
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Old June 19, 2010, 04:19 PM
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As zero has said, without knowing what the temperatures are it may not actually be overheating but your mobo bios having the wrong default settings for your processor to run stable at stock
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hows chipset/vomponent cooling? more warm air around the socket area=more stuff getting hotter(plus more heat from the components themselves)

do use everest, take a screenie idle, then take a couple more while at load.
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Old June 19, 2010, 04:44 PM
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Hey Guys thanks for the input, I have it running Prime95 now with the stock cooler and temps are 92 88 89 89 steady. It's been running for about 1 hour ok at the moment. Thanks for the heads up about everest, I'll give it a shot in another hour or so if Prime doesn't crash. I'll double check the settings in the BIOS too. I haven't changed any of the CPU settings (I would have thought ASUS's default settings would have been ok), but I'll double check the RAM settings too. Will post more when we see how it goes. Thanks again everyone, I appreciate the ideas.
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92. not good. underclock/undervolt it and see what happens. ive heard of one borked oc that messed up the sensors(?) on an i7, just last week
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92 is high, but still safe, and it won't cause any crashes or instability. I think your problem lies elsewhere.
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