I have a fairly nice gaming rig I built myself:
- MSI X79MA-GD45 Motherboard
- Corsair TX750M PSU (750W)
- i7 3820 (3.6Ghz, OC'd to 4Ghz using the MSI BIOS's "safe" auto overclocking options)
- Sapphire HD Radeon HD7950 GPU
- 2x WD 1.5TB Hard drives (RAID 1)
- SSD Cache (60 GB, Crucial "Adrenaline" drive)
- Windows 7 Ultimate (yay student pricing!)
Well, I've been having problems with the SSD cache. When my computer blue-screens, the caching software that comes with the drive attempts to restore the "cache map" before the Windows boots. When it works, it takes about 3 seconds to restore, then I can press any key to continue. But about 75% of the time, it never finishes restoring, never allowing Windows to boot. I have to turn off the tower, unplug the SSD, and restart. The software disables itself with no SSD cache, so I can boot to Windows. Now I have to uninstall the software, shut down, plug the drive in, and reinstall the software.
I might switch to the Intel software soon.
Anyway, my computer BSOD'd yesterday, and the map restoring failed again. after I shut down the computer, I pulled the SATA cable on the SSD and restarted, and now this happens.
It starts for a second or two, then shuts off for ~5 seconds, then repeats. I've unplugged all the drives, and moved the RAM sticks all over the place. I went to the Tech office at my college, and they said that broken RAM or disks wouldn't prevent the Mobo from POSTing.
So one of three things are broken, the CPU, the PSU, or the motherboard. I read that CPU's don't tend to just break (especially if they're only a few months old.) So which do you think it is, the PSU or the motherboard?