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intel DX79SR WD Fire LED blinking

recently recieved a new intel DX79SR from an RMA due to my old one going out. well i installed everything back into it as it was previously and now on top of what appears to be my heatsink(h20 920) going out, my computer is blinking red the WD Fire LED on the motherboard. i tried reapplying thermal paste checking the temp of the processor to make sure it wasn't overheating and it still does this it was also giving 3 long beeps but i moved the ram around a bit and that fixed the beeps. i'm actually wondering if the heatsink is the issue or if the motherboard is defective at this point. also it was odd if i had the memory in certain slots it would read as defective ram but moving them into different slots made it read as functioning. wondering if on top of this WD fire LED blinking if the memory slots themselves aren't defective.

anyways the specs are below

processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115229 Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E Quad-Core 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W BX80619i73820 Desktop Processor

Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817189016 XCLIO STABLEPOWER 1000W 1000W ATX CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

Memory: AVEXIR Core Series 16GB Kit (4 x 4GB) Quad Channel 240-pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200)

 

video card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133452 PNY VCGGTX670XPB GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

 

Heatsink: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835209054 Antec KUHLER H2O 920 Liquid Cooling System

Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236344 Western Digital Red NAS Hard Drive WD30EFRX 3TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" NAS Hard Drive

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What makes you think it is the heatsink? Are you getting high temperatures?

I listed some suggestions:

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everytime i start up i have to reset bios to default settings or rather it gives me the option saying i have no readable media. when i put the new motherboard in( replacement board of the exact same board i previously had in) does it mean i have to reformat my hard drive and set up everything new again? or should it just pick up where my old configuration left off? because i'm noticing that it is reading that my hard drive is there but will not boot from it currently.

anyways the reason i know my heatsink or something messing with my heatsink is amiss is because everytime i start up the computer the processor and heatsink gets hot, and the way my heatsink is set up is it runs water through it's self like a radiator to the fans on the back of my computer and cools the water there then returns the cool water back to the processor, and when it does this it makes warm air come out the back. at the moment though i'm getting cold air and when i feel the part of the heatsink that is touching my processor it is hot to the touch to an unhealthy degree. due to this i haven't been able to explore fully what my computer is currently capable of in fear of destroying either my processor or motherboard due to overheating.

i was having an issue determining whether this was due to the usb port (which is where the pump plugs in) not powering the pump or if the pump was just bad. the heatsink lights up for like .5 second and acts like it's going to work then stops. i'm hoping this is due to a short in it somewhere and not something with the motherboard that i will, yet again, have to send in for a replacement.

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The operating system should be able to boot if the hard drive came from the same motherboard model. The only thing is, you will need to match some BIOS settings, such as: SATA controller mode (AHCI, RAID), UEFI, and legacy boot options; they will need to be the same as they were in the old motherboard.

You may want to contact the water cooler manufacturer for assistance.