Alright, now comes what I spent 90% of my time today working on this project doing:
Remember my Graphics problem? well, basicly, any time I tried to put a load on the IGP greater than what it takes to render a 2D desktop the computer would hard-lock.
having tried everything I could think of as far as drivers and software is concerned and having ruled out the power supply as the cause with this new PSU, I thought maybe the IGP was overheating due to poor thermal paste spread. not likely because my temps were so good, but I reseated the CPU anyway:
used some some AC Ceramic (it works great for so cheap and I have a ton of it):
well, I booted back up with the new thermal paste, and no improvement other than my temps were slightly lower. It still crashed and burned.
My next resort was to try re-installing the OS in case something had gone wrong there. this time I did a USB install with an SP1 disk.
Just to be extra careful, I used all the drivers straight from the Foxconn website except the graphics which i got the latest from Intel's site because the link on Foxconn's site was broken. (fun fact, the Foxconn downloads site doesn't work with Chrome)
after all that effort:
it still froze every single time.
By this point I was convinced that I had a bad IGP and would have to RMA the CPU, so I went to Intel. After a nice text-chat with what may have been a robot (not convinced either way) I was told that I could try a BIOS update, but I would likely have to RMA the chip.
well, I had not considered flashing the bios (I have never actually done it before on any build). so, I again went to Foxconn's website, and sure enough, there was a new bios available. Unfortunately, their BIOS flashing guide was poorly translated as well as terribly out of date...
so, I got the wonderful opportunity to fumble my way through guessing how to update a BIOS based on guides for other BIOSes... seems like a good idea right?
well, I did not get a pic of evidence, but eventually I WAS able to successfully flash the BIOS to the newest version!
After messing around with windows start up repair for a couple minutes just to realize I had to set the SATA mode back to ACHI after the flash, I booted up again.
I was able to run the Windows Experience Assessment without freezing!
not a bad score for a glorified laptop:
I was even able to crank out some furmark at 2 FPS while loading the CPU cores with Prime95:
full load on GPU and CPUs:
and that is all I have for today. I was hoping to get the CPU wet today, but this GPU issue took way too much time to get straight.
I am stoked about this build all over again though now that it is working right
these sandy bridge processors are beasts! I kinda want a 2600k now, haha