So a few days ago, i bought an H80i, and installed it. I installed it worng, so i shut down my pc and re installed it. no, nothing overheated. then, when i tried to turn it on, i got infinite boot loops. it would turn on for about 5 seconds, then restart. it never posted, and i could never get to the bios.
i read somewhere to try the reset button, and i pressed it, i got no indication that it did anything, no feedback whatsoever, so i dont even know if it worked, but later after that, my pc turned on. it gave me a warning about having an unstable OC, which is retarded, since i had been on stock clocks.
then, i had more problems.
any game i played had terrible stuttery lag. Playing BF3 i had this weird frame lags where i'd move and there would be subtle pauses every second or so. if anyone has played BF3 a lot, imagine the scope stutter issue on the scoped .44 magnum, but everywhere in the game, at all times. but i wasnt having actual lag issues like legitimate rubber banding or anything, my ping was stable, and i was never dropping below 70 FPS. so it wasnt my card or internet. Then, in Far Cry 3, even if i dropped the settings to all low, i was getting frame drops from 60-30 and lower, every 3 seconds. that was NOT happening before, even on high settings. in game, i had massivley fluctuating GPU usage, from 40% to 98% and back, all over the place. only one core was being stressed in all of these.
so i read up, and it appeared to mimic the symptons of core parking. well, unfortunately, every single guide for core parking is on Win 7, and im on vista.
So i deciced to do a modest OC to free my CPU up a bit. i OC'ed my 2600k to 3.8 Ghz. booted up fine. never went past 65 degrees after a couple hours of prime 95. and more importantly it fixed ALL of my issues in game.
so this morning i went to wake up my PC, and my mouse and keyboard were off. this little issue has happened to me a few times in the past, and a restart is necessary. so i restarted it and....boot loops.
but, different than the first time, everything lights up for less than a second, and dies.
i tried the reset button. nothing.
MSI Z68 Ma ED55
8 GB Gskill Ripjaws X at 1600
EVGA GTx 560 Ti
XFX XXX edition 650 watt odular PSU.
Windows Vista, all service packs.