Building a new computer. BSOD after about 5 mins with GPU installed.
I'm building my first computer and have encountered an extremely frustrating problem. After installing everything, I receive a BSOD after about 5 minutes with my GPU installed. I began testing things and removed my GPU, and was able to install windows on the computer without trouble. I then tried switching out power supplies, but the problem persisted. I had a friend test the GPU on his computer and it worked fine. Lastly, I tried removing everything from the case and booting again, and the problem persisted. At this point I suspect it is either a motherboard or CPU issue, but as I'm an amateur, I really am at a loss on how to test for which is the problem.
My specs: CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor Heatsink: Arctic Cooling UCACO-AP11301-BUA01 Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler Mobo: ASRock B75M-DGS R2.0 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard GPU:MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory HD: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk PSU: I was using a Coolmax 700W but switched to a Corsair CX600
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Have you tried updating to the latest BIOS version?
I haven't done so because I was afraid of messing something up. However, the current BIOS is from July 2013, and the newest is dated October 2013. I was originally skeptical that a difference of three months would be the cause of the problem.
I'd say that it is worth trying it. The BIOS chip on ASrock boards is on socket and easy to replace, in case something wrong happens during the flashing process.