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comment Boot up troubles, power related - system always stable once booted
The paste is splotchy but not particularly uneven. I tried a different heatsink and even no heat sink (briefly just to see if it would start up) and the problem persisted. I also checked the pins and didn't see any missing/bent ones. At this point I am unable to get any system with that CPU to boot up at all. I'll plan to RMA the CPU and perhaps invest in some better thermal paste/heatsinks in the future in case this was an overheating issue (long term heating damage, I mean).
May
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comment Boot up troubles, power related - system always stable once booted
After some further testing it looks like the CPU is the cause - I added an update to the original post.
May
7
comment Boot up troubles, power related - system always stable once booted
I had a somewhat thorough look at the motherboard but I'm almost 100% certain now that the issue is the CPU, which has me very confused about how the problem appeared to be a shorting issue. I added an update to the original post.
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May
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comment Boot up troubles, power related - system always stable once booted
I've got a spare case sitting around, I'm planning on moving the main parts of the system into that case and I'll check the standoffs/examine the motherboard in the process. I'll report results back here, thanks for the help!
May
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comment Boot up troubles, power related - system always stable once booted
Thanks for the help!
May
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comment Boot up troubles, power related - system always stable once booted
I should have mentioned, the reason I said "shortly returned" is because on several occasions, I would swap out a part and the system would immediately boot afterwards, but after a hard reset the problem would return. I can recall this happening after the first GPU switch and the first PSU switch. I'll try a separate power strip and cord and see if there are any results.
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