|Asrock Extreme4 Z68 Motherboard - Faulty?|
I seem to have a plethora of problems developing on my rig.
Many types of BSODs are popping up regularly, after roughly 2.5 months of relatively smooth sailing.
What are the chances that it is the motherboard, versus the chances that all my other parts connected to the Motherboard, are faulty?
OEM Rig - self sourced, installed, and tested.
2.5 months old, tops.
Windows 7 Pro 64bit.
Asrock Extreme4 z68 Motherboard.
7200.12 Seagate 1TB Sata
XFX Radeon 4770
16Gbs Corsair Vengeance 8-8-8-24 1600 DDR3
Corsair HX PSU 650watts
Coolermaster 212+ CPU cooler
The case has 5 case fans, not including other devices' fans.
No overclocking, running at stock except Corsair memory, running at XMP profile 1 (1600 DDR3 instead of 1333). Corsair rated to run at 1.5 volts with 1600DDR3 speeds.
The first 2.5 months had the occassional glitch and BSOD. Most common was an error saying that an interrupt or request to a secondary processor was not received in time..
Then one day, kaput! The whole build crashed hard. The error message was saying something like a critical windows file/data portion was corrupted and that my Windows was unauthenticated.
After I got back online and authenticated Windows the computer kept BSOD'ing.
Managed Pool errors, memory management errors, secondary processor errors, hdd device errors, read errors of files, and then, one day not too long ago, nothing. No boot, and an 0x00000024 error every time.
I disconnected the OS drive, swapped in a fresh new one and started a reinstall with Windows.
Long story short, big hassle with no success. Support with MS has eliminated that my copy of Windows is the issue. So it's not Windows for a certainty.
Only small success is from re-assembling from scratch, minimal build components and plugging away one added piece at a time. And then it's not been a smooth ride.
There are problems reading the Windows media disc. There are problems with the keyboard not responding during bootup. There are problems with less than 4 CPUs being recognized in Task Manager during the Windows Experience Index processing.
The smoothest, relatively speaking, interval has been with only the CPU, 8 (2sticks) of RAM installed, and the drivers installed for Motherboard, Realtek, Lan, USB ports, Marvell controller and Integrated GPU.
As soon as I plugged in either another stick of RAM or my discrete GPU, the errors are often and regular again.
Question: (thank you for reading patiently) Is it possible that BOTH one or more sticks of RAM and my GPU (i.e. 3 pieces) are faulty versus the one piece connecting them, the Motherboard? My gut says that given the previous iteration's myriad of problems, the motherboard is about to go despite being almost new. What are the chances that, considering the previous iteration of the build, all those various pieces were going versus the chance that it was only the one piece (ie motherboard) being faulty?
Any insight is much appreciated.