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About a week and a half/two weeks ago I bought an Intel i5 3570k + Gigabyte Z77MX-D3H combo at Microcenter. I also purchased some Microcenter 1.5v 1333MHz RAM to go along with it. I swapped over all my other components from my previous build into this one. All of my specs are listed down below.

Shortly after putting together this build, I noticed my BIOS did not function properly and I made this thread in the Intel Motherboards forum. I e-mailed Gigabyte support, and after a few back-and-forth, they said to either RMA it or return it to Microcenter and exchange it. So today I drove to Microcenter and swapped out my old board for a brand new one (same model). Got home, popped it in, and the same EXACT issue was happening. I seriously could not believe it. To bring you up to date, my BIOS does not work AT ALL when my GPU is plugged in, and if I take out my GPU and use integrated graphics (via DVI) I get this:

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After some thinking, I thought it may be the processor, so I drove BACK to Microcenter, and swapped out my processor for a brand new one. So now I have two brand new components that I just got today. I popped the processor in, and low-and-behold, I still get the same issue. I have tried everything. Even one-stick of RAM in each slot, and tried 6 different RAM sticks (4 Microcenter sticks, and 2 sticks of Patriot Viper Xtreme, all one-at-a-time, of course) - nothing works.

What the heck is going on here? I honestly have NO idea what is happening. Could it be my motherboard and I just happened to get two bad apples in a row (which came from different shipments 2 weeks apart, btw). I would like to start overclocking my CPU please!
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Edit: Never mind, saw the memory thing.

Could your GPU be at fault? Have you tested it in a different system, just in case?

The only other thing is that possibly your PSU is not quite delivering the right power to your system. Most ATX PSUs are reasonably cross-generation compatible but you should know there are different ATX version numbers - see also here for more on 2.x.
Edited by Quantum Reality - 5/12/12 at 6:08pm
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wish i could help..feel ur pain
    
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Originally Posted by Quantum Reality View Post

Is the memory the same? If so you might have a possible bad stick, as the memory must surely be what's common to the two systems.

As stated in the original post I have 3 different sets of memory. 2 sets of 2x4gb microcenter ram, and 1 set of 2x4gb patriot ram. I have tried all six sticks alone in the system.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by karmuhhhh View Post

As stated in the original post I have 3 different sets of memory. 2 sets of 2x4gb microcenter ram, and 1 set of 2x4gb patriot ram. I have tried all six sticks alone in the system.

yeah, I saw it before you posted this and edited my post. Go back and look.
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Edit: Never mind, saw the memory thing.
Could your GPU be at fault? Have you tested it in a different system, just in case?
The only other thing is that possibly your PSU is not quite delivering the right power to your system. Most ATX PSUs are reasonably cross-generation compatible but you should know there are different ATX version numbers - see also here for more on 2.x.

Well it can't be the GPU at fault because as I stated I can only get a picture when the GPU is OUT of the system. If the GPU is IN the system I get nothing at all. It's weird, definitely because it doesn't work at all with the GPU, but only works halfway without the GPU.

As for the PSU, it can't be that either because my system works just fine. I can boot into Windows, play BF3, and fold 24/7 like nothing is wrong. It's literally JUST the BIOS that doesn't work.
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Flash your bios.
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4145#bios

Should have mentioned that I already did that.
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I vote checking your GPU out anyway. Just in case. For all you know it's some bizarre PCI-E slot incompatibility that only shows up with that particular combination. But you can't rule out your GPU being possibly slightly wonky until you check.
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So all you have hooked up is Motherboard, CPU, RAM and PSU? Are you sure you have all the power connections on the motherboard right? Did you try a different monitor? I can only think that it must be power related or monitor/cable related since everything else seems to have been covered.
     
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