Hey everyone, I used to frequent the hardware section here, but haven't been into computers too much until recently when I decided to do a new build.
I didn't want to break the bank, so I bought a MSI 790X
board. Got everything up and running, then went about tweaking with BIOS settings, seeing what kind of stable OC I could manage with the new X4 955 Black. I kept creeping up on 4.0Ghz with different frequency/multiplier settings, but every time I actually hit 4, I'd either BSOD or Windows would just hang.
Finally got it at just under 4.0, and started a Prime95 torture test, which ran great for 45 minutes, then instant shutoff, no BSOD or anything. Booted it back up, and one of the caps literally burst into flame and smoked till I shutoff the PSU
Called up Frys (where I bought the board) and told them it "caught fire" and they assured me I could return it, because I was still within their 15 day return policy.
So this time when I went to Frys I was slightly more prepared, I bought a MSI 980
this time, because it had better heatsinks on the area that last went up in flame on the other board.
Then tonight, I decided to add a second fan to my Coolermaster H50 setup, as everyone seems to be raving about a push/pull setup. Mounted the new fan in the case, plugged it into the motherboards fan controller, powered it on, and poof. More smoke.
Now I've always thought MSI made good boards, and I'm fully aware the first one was (mostly) my fault, but this is getting a little ridiculous now.
Anyone else had bad luck with MSI boards lately? Or any suggestions as to what AM3 board I should be looking at? Preferably one that can handle a decent OC? Any input would be appreciated