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Ok, the short and simple. Computer died on me last night, and due to not having the spare parts I used to have on the side, I can't diagnose everything. So in short I'm going to get a new system, sort of. Here is what I already have:

2x 6950's 1gb
PSU
Blueray

This is where the problem lies. So far I can't diagnose if it is the MB, RAM, HD's. So I am going to just purchase something new.

I am not worried about overclocking, but if the motherboard has a built in function, it would be nice.

My current cpu is the i7 940, which is probably still fine, but with the new 1155 socket out, the older 1336 boards are still pricey. So you can see my dilemma.

So my question for you guys, what cpu/mb/ram would you recommend that will get me back up and running. Also because I don't know if my SSD ate it or not, what are two rather inexpensive HD's I can get two and RAID0 them for now? I'd like to keep it under 500 or around there. I'm currently at school teaching, just had a moment to hop on here and post while I continue my day. I'll check in later.
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Oh and one more thing, need a MB that can support Crossfire, and hopefully give both cards enough room to breath?

Anyone ever used this: ASRock Z68 Streme3 Gene 3

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157271
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You can still do diagnosis if you have another machine.
You should test the PSU, HD, GPU and RAM separately and go from there.

Anyways, if building now go SB or take a look at the new Bulldozer stuff.
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Can the system even start? if it doesn't do anything when you press power it might be PSU. if the fans spool up then shut off its likely mobo or CPU. and if it turns on beeps or makes some kind of noise it is probably your ram. It is Highly unlikely it is all three and even less likely that your ssd is shot. so if your on a budget it might be beneficial to try and find the problem part rather than replacing everything, as you said intel mobos are expensive and so are CPUs.
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post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by amstech View Post
You can still do diagnosis if you have another machine.
You should test the PSU, HD, GPU and RAM separately and go from there.

Anyways, if building now go SB or take a look at the new Bulldozer stuff.
That is the problem, I don't have spare equipment like I used to. So I'm stuck in that hard place.

What is bulldozer looking like? How far off? I don't have the time to wait, but I also now Black Friday is around the corner.
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Can the system even start? if it doesn't do anything when you press power it might be PSU. if the fans spool up then shut off its likely mobo or CPU. and if it turns on beeps or makes some kind of noise it is probably your ram. It is Highly unlikely it is all three and even less likely that your ssd is shot. so if your on a budget it might be beneficial to try and find the problem part rather than replacing everything, as you said intel mobos are expensive and so are CPUs.
The system boots fine. I've tried a few things.

My SSD is my main with windows installed. It starts to load windows, but the little bar isn't displayed and it just stalls. So I put in the Windows disk, restarted, booted off disk and it begins to load the windows files. Everything is fine, and then it goes to windows loading screen. Same thing, no bar and it hangs.

So I took my spare 750, put it in as primary and did the same thing, different HD and it does the exact same thing. So off the top of my head I'm thinking its the RAM/MB. My bet is on the RAM being shot, but I don't have spare ddr 3 sitting around.
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RAM is extremely cheap now. I'd recommend grabbing one of the $25 6GB kits on newegg and see if it helps.

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The system boots fine. I've tried a few things.

My SSD is my main with windows installed. It starts to load windows, but the little bar isn't displayed and it just stalls. So I put in the Windows disk, restarted, booted off disk and it begins to load the windows files. Everything is fine, and then it goes to windows loading screen. Same thing, no bar and it hangs.

So I took my spare 750, put it in as primary and did the same thing, different HD and it does the exact same thing. So off the top of my head I'm thinking its the RAM/MB. My bet is on the RAM being shot, but I don't have spare ddr 3 sitting around.
Try one stick at a time? Clear CMOS? I don't think you have to build a whole new rig, I think at WORST you will have to replace ONE piece.
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post #9 of 12
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You know those moments when you have worked on computers for years, and your working on something and it was something easy.. yeah anyway, seems like it was a bad stick of memory. So this being said, I'm going to order a few things anyway.
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List of new things to possibly purchase:

NZXT Phantom
Corsair H80
16gb DDR3 - Any recommendations?
HD's for backup

*6 x DIMM, Max. 24GB, DDR3 2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1800(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066 Hz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
Triple Channel Memory Architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
* Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs.
* Refer to www.asus.com or user manual for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).*
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