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Complete system failure, advice please?

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#1 blindmolerat


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Posted 02 April 2013 - 12:11 PM

I posted a thread on Tom's Hardware looking for advice on how to diagnose the many failures of my self built gaming rig. 
We now have begun piecing it apart but wanted to stop and look for more advice on how to continue.
We removed the video and the non booting issue continued. We replaced the power supply with a friend's corsair 600 watt from his computer, after which the computer booted up normally. We initially had two instances in which the power supply would not shut off (as with the previous), however it appeared to operate normally and shut down just fine the couple times we tried later. 
However (still without videocard, mobo has onboard), the OS was running EXTREMELY slow, as in simple tasks would take sometimes upwards of a couple minutes to load (web pages, switching tabs, opening steam, etc,. Stuff that normally takes 5 seconds took upwards of two minutes). 
Our thought process here is maybe somehow the OS got corrupted in all the madness, so we attempt to re install windows 8 on the SSD. We had some major difficulties doing so, as it took half the day for it to prep for install, which shouldn't normally happen. After getting Windows 8 installed, upon reboot we get a BSOD naming 
"DPC Watchdog Violation" as the cause. 
After a search for that error we are told it means the SSD needs updating, however we can't load an OS to update it...
We are now at this point. We know for certain the Thermaltake power supply seems to have been faulty. We are now concerned with the SSD, has it been corrupted or shorted from the faulty PS?
We would like to continue testing to fix the system, however would like some guidance or advice on how to continue. We can't get an OS loaded on the SSD, we have yet to test if the mobo has any faults (advice on how to do that?) and we have not eliminated flaws in the video card as none of our computers in the household can properly run it as it is too powerful for their systems. 
We were hoping to get the OS up and running and simply try running the system on the Corsair PS, and if everything is working smoothly reincorporate the videocard as our means of testing the mobo, then the videocard. 
If I am in the wrong spot or if anything is unclear please let me know. I thank you all in advance for the help or direction you may give!
Thank you!

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#2 smax013


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Posted 03 April 2013 - 09:52 AM

Have you tried temporarily taking the SSD out of the equation?  In other words, try installing the OS on a regular hard drive and see if you get the same issues.  If that works, then you could then test the video card and the mobo with the configuration...and then come back to the issue of the SSD if everything else works.

#3 blindmolerat

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:42 PM

We tried slaving the ssd on another pc to update/install and it was still slow and barely even recognized the device. It seems there is a problem with that now.  So, we did install Windows 8 on another hard drive and problems still persisted. We had multiple different bsod's that showed other bad parts. We tested the the hdd's and ram and those were fine. This lead me into looking into the mobo. First, I had a 7 key and tried that in case that mobo didn't play nice with 8. I didn't have at many problems with 7 as I did with 8 btu I was still having issues updating the pc. I then started reading about the mobo and most reviews on newegg said that there are alot of bugs on that mobo and to fix it you just need to update it. Of course, the computer crashed durign the update and not will not recover the bios. I am now assuming the mobo was bad the whole time and I am not sure if that lead to the other issues or not. Going to try to call intel to hopefully get a new one.  

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