Hello kind people,
My processor's cooling system's pump failed a few weeks ago, so I've recently replaced it with a new one. Had to really push in the cooler (h100i v2), to secure the screws, was worried about damaging the processor, but apparently everything was fine for a few days. Then the last 2 days I started noticing weird issues when playing games or just doing something, occasionally my earphones / speakers would make a stuttering noise and I'd experience a micro-freeze. I restarted the computer, nothing changed, so I thought that maybe for some reason the current OC doesn't work well.
I played with OC of the processor to pre-pump-failure levels, to about 4.5ghz. That did not work well, for some reason W10 started crashing with BSOD's related to the CPU, so I decided to play around with voltages, frequencies to achieve stability. After some time I realized that for some reason all kinds of OC's are failing, and I decided to completely roll back the OC and go to 3.8ghz (what it was before). However I continued to get different kinds of BSOD's, and they started happening all the time. Sometimes before the OS loaded, sometimes after I logged on, sometimes 30 seconds later.
Most of the BSOD's shifted to memory-related issues, so I started googling around and trying whatever I could. I reverted back to a 10hour ago backup of windows (I have no images, I failed here), but it didn't change anything. The startup repair doesn't fix anything, fails as well. Right now for some reason the system got more stable, but everything is REALLY slow, laggy and crashing, and BSOD's are occuring all the time.
I did a memory test (the built in windows one), but it didn't show any problems with the RAM. I am unsure what I can do, since the problem consisted of 2 parts. Apparently my OC attempts have corrupted Windows, and after I turned off OC, windows is still crashing. So if I reinstall windows completely (would prefer not to, but don't see any other options), then I will still have the problem with overclocking. Why in the world would windows crash when I set it to 4.2ghz and gave the vcore 1.375 or even 1.4volts (overkill)? I ran on 4.6-4.8ghz before for years on the same config, and the only thing that has changed was the cooler. and the cooler also got better btw.
What can/should I do?
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