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PLEASE HELP!! :( Custom Build PC working for 2 months, then bizzare crash

Hey Community, I NEED YOUR HELP! :(

So I build my custom rig a few months ago with the following set-up:

ECS L337 Z95 MACHINE Motherboard
Intel Pentium G3258 Dual Core CPU (Overclocked to 3.8GHz)
Stock Intel Cooler (40 degrees constant)
PNY 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 RAM (2X4GB)
PNY nVidia GTX750 ti Enthusiast Edition GPU (Overclocked 60Hz Clock & 100MHz Memory)
Kingston VD300 60GB SSD (OS Dedicated)
WD 500GB Sata Hard Drive (Storage/Games)
CoolerMaster Elite 650 Case (with 5 120mm Fans)(22 degrees system temp constant)
Rosewill ARC 650w Power Supply
Windows 8.1 64bit OEM

So i play WoW mainly and it has been working great! All drivers were updated to the latest (non-beta) versions. However last night while playing, the system shutdown. After booting back up, certian programs were recieved error messages and not loading. Then I tried a few restarts, and then Windows itself refused to boot with constant error messages such as:
BAD_POOL_HEADER

So I wiped my SSD clean and tried to re-install my Windows 8.1 OEM from scratch using my OEM disk, and every time received this error:
Install Error Code 0x80070570 (mentioning something about corrupted media)

my disk is 100% mint condition and has only been used on this system. Thinking I may have a corrupted SSD, i tried to install it on 2 other Sata Drives and had the exact same error.

I then got desperate and tried installed Windows 7 64bit and it freezes every time at the splash screen after loading install files.

The only other thing i can think of is possibly my RAM sticks being bad? Im at a loss...

PLEASE HELP!
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  1. You've done well, from what I remember that error "BAD_POOL_HEADER" means the system cannot read or write. (corrupt image) This comes down to usually either the DVDRom doesn't read the disc, the Hard drive itself can't be read, written or possibly not properly fitting, mismatched, or faulty RAM. Try using a single stick of RAM, or if using duel channel, remove 2 sticks, swap ram slots, see if that works
  2. Ck1_13 said:
    You've done well, from what I remember that error "BAD_POOL_HEADER" means the system cannot read or write. (corrupt image) This comes down to usually either the DVDRom doesn't read the disc, the Hard drive itself can't be read, written or possibly not properly fitting, mismatched, or faulty RAM. Try using a single stick of RAM, or if using duel channel, remove 2 sticks, swap ram slots, see if that works


    Thanks! I will try that tonight and see if I can narrow it down to the RAM hopefully. (Cheap Fix!) If it works ill let you all know :)
  3. Best answer
    Turns out it was a bad RAM stick :/ dropped to 1 4GB stick and it ran smooth as glass again. Will RMA through PNY and get it back up to 8GB eventually :) A HUGE thank you to CK1_13!
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