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Hello Peoples,

I recently came into some troubles with my sig rig; runs for 15 minutes and then powers off (in BIOS and windows), won't power back on for 2-3 minutes. Took it to a shop where they agreed it was a PSU issue through troubleshooting. I then went to another shop as the first didn't have a PSU with enough watts for sale, explained what was going on, and ended up letting them take a look at the system. 2nd shop hooked up a power tester to the PSU and decided it was likely the mobo that was faulty. I took the box home and hooked the PSU up to an old system with my current gfx card and let it sit in BIOS for around 45 minutes. So now I'm thinking it is in fact the mobo.



Tl;dr Looking at switching to an Intel platform. I've allocated about $800 CAD to make the switch.



CPU- At least an i5 3570k, if there's money left over possibly the i7

Mobo- No idea what to go with. I'd like to keep SLI an option, usb 3.0 is always a good thing, and more than 2 sata III ports would be nice.

HSF- Noctua from sig

PSU- Assuming it's not dead, the Antec HCG 900 from sig.

RAM- G.skill 2x4gb from sig (http://www.gskill.com/products.php?index=357), would prefer to keep it

SSD- 128gb Crucial m4 from sig

HDD- 2 TB WD cav black from sig

Case- from sig

GPU- Galaxy gtx 570 from sig. Depending on monies left over, may add another 570, though I wouldn't mind upping to a 6XX.


I've been looking at these mobos. The Gigabyte ud5 seems to have everything I'd like, though the sabertooth is also a nice board (buddy of mine has one). I've also looked at a couple of Asrock boards and would be open to them as well.

I think 800 bucks should be more than enough to make the switch and keep wiggle room open for a new PSU or RAM kit if they are needed. All parts will be ordered from NCIX and pricematched to prices taken from www.shopbot.ca, won't be ordering anything right away,
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Originally Posted by Zardoz View Post

Hello Peoples,
I recently came into some troubles with my sig rig; runs for 15 minutes and then powers off (in BIOS and windows), won't power back on for 2-3 minutes. Took it to a shop where they agreed it was a PSU issue through troubleshooting. I then went to another shop as the first didn't have a PSU with enough watts for sale, explained what was going on, and ended up letting them take a look at the system. 2nd shop hooked up a power tester to the PSU and decided it was likely the mobo that was faulty. I took the box home and hooked the PSU up to an old system with my current gfx card and let it sit in BIOS for around 45 minutes. So now I'm thinking it is in fact the mobo.
Tl;dr Looking at switching to an Intel platform. I've allocated about $800 CAD to make the switch.
CPU- At least an i5 3570k, if there's money left over possibly the i7
Mobo- No idea what to go with. I'd like to keep SLI an option, usb 3.0 is always a good thing, and more than 2 sata III ports would be nice.
HSF- Noctua from sig
PSU- Assuming it's not dead, the Antec HCG 900 from sig.
RAM- G.skill 2x4gb from sig (http://www.gskill.com/products.php?index=357), would prefer to keep it
SSD- 128gb Crucial m4 from sig
HDD- 2 TB WD cav black from sig
Case- from sig
GPU- Galaxy gtx 570 from sig. Depending on monies left over, may add another 570, though I wouldn't mind upping to a 6XX.
I've been looking at these mobos. The Gigabyte ud5 seems to have everything I'd like, though the sabertooth is also a nice board (buddy of mine has one). I've also looked at a couple of Asrock boards and would be open to them as well.
I think 800 bucks should be more than enough to make the switch and keep wiggle room open for a new PSU or RAM kit if they are needed. All parts will be ordered from NCIX and pricematched to prices taken from www.shopbot.ca, won't be ordering anything right away,

im sure that usb 3.0 is standard on all Z77 boards now. also i will post specs in a minute. so basically you need a cpu+mobo only? if so i would go for a 3930K+X79 build, but i will post both actually.

a 3930K and a P9X79 costs $810, prices from pcpartpicker.com/ca. for a Z77 build, this is what i would go for a 3570K+gigabyte Z77-UP4+GTX670. but if you ask me, going with a 3930K will be better. the Z77 setup costs $826.96, cheapest prices on pcpartpicker for cpu+gpu (evga GTX670 FTW!) and newegg.ca for UP4, link:http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128558
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Well first off,the fact the PSU runs an older system at idle doesn't mean the PSU isn't faulty,although it very well could be something else. My first thought is what happened before this issue started. A short,through the stand-offs or power switch wiring could do the same thing. It could be the mobo as well,sounds like Asus' overvolt protection kicking in.
Best thing to do is get another PSU and test.If you have recently done some work inside the case I would look for shorts.

If you are set on upgrading then I would rec. looking for the new ASrock Z77 OC Formula,looks to be the best bang for the buck in Intel 1155 sockets.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157328
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Originally Posted by Redwoodz View Post

Well first off,the fact the PSU runs an older system at idle doesn't mean the PSU isn't faulty,although it very well could be something else. My first thought is what happened before this issue started. A short,through the stand-offs or power switch wiring could do the same thing. It could be the mobo as well,sounds like Asus' overvolt protection kicking in.
Best thing to do is get another PSU and test.If you have recently done some work inside the case I would look for shorts.
If you are set on upgrading then I would rec. looking for the new ASrock Z77 OC Formula,looks to be the best bang for the buck in Intel 1155 sockets.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157328


I know the PSU isn't necessarily cleared from being the problem, but if there is a chance it's the mobo, I may as well upgrade. If it does turn out that the psu is the problem, I can pick something decent up locally.

I'd love to spring for that Asrock board, but newegg canada wants 290 bucks for it lol. Hard to justify that, especially if it (possibly) craps out in 8 months like the board I'm using.
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I more or less had the same problem you did. Symptoms were I woke up one morning to a DOA PC. Replaced the PSU with an OCZ ModXStream 700W and I at least got to the splash screen but would not POST. Like your situation it was probably a combination PSU/Mobo issue. So with bonus coming on this Friday, my shopping list includes an ASUS Sabertooth Z77, 16Gb G.Skill DDR3 2133Mhz RAM and probably a Core i5-3570k. Will probably take the trouble to pick up an SSD at the same time. Will be upgrading from my 6yr old build running a Pentium D820 so it'll be over all quite the upgrade and leaves me room in the future to upgrade the CPU to a LGA1155 Core i7 if I choose. Best of luck with your build.thumb.gif

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ASUS Sabertooth Z77 $229.99
G.Skill 16Gb DDR3 @ 2133Mhz $149.99
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