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Time for an RMA? Sniper m3 faulty?

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Picked up a Sniper M3 (matx z77) in Oct of '12. at the same time I switched to Win 8. Had some problems that I attributed to the new OS and other parts of the install. Example: thought that the large air cooler was shorting out my vid card. However, after going to a water loop found that the vid card was still blinking in and out (knew that card was good from previous build). Think that I've narrowed it down to a faulty PCIe slot - connects if the card is in just the right position. Willing to live with it. Now the on board NIC seems to loose connectivity randomly. A restart is needed to bring it back.

I'm reluctant to RMA because it means my photoshop machine will be down until it come back.
Thinking of RMA'ing it and buying another board and selling one later.

So thoughts? Have I missed something?

Thanks.
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RMA' it. Once the warranty expires your kick yourself for not RMA'ing it when you had the chance.

Buying another board to sell later will cost you money, but if having your Photoshop machine down will also cost you money, it might be the less of two evils.
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Ok, so I'm RMA'ing this board (just received confirmation from Gigabyte), so going to use my old z68 board for a while.

Do you think I should reinstall windows, or just switch boards (& uninstall drivers)?
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I'm still curious about this last question:
(Do you think I should reinstall windows, or just switch boards (& uninstall drivers)?)
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If your buying a new board in the meantime that's a different make/model, i would just reinstall drivers.

If your just putting the same make/model board back on your machine, you don't even need to reinstall drivers. Just plug it in.
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It's a different board. The Sniper is a Z77, and the board I'm going to use is Gigabyte GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3 (Z68 based)
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Then yeah. Don't reformat, just uninstall the old driver and add the new drivers.

The only reason to reformat for a motherboard switch, is if you have some type of driver related problem which un-installation can't fix.
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I always do a fresh Windows install when switching motherboards even if it is the same chipset. Generally you can get away with not doing if it is the same chipset but I've still run into issues doing this. Suck if you don't have your OS on a separate partition wink.gif
    
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I guess I'm a bit loathe to do this as I hope the original board is back in it soon. Otherwise I would need to reinstall, and then reinstall again. It messes with adobe's head if nothing else. biggrin.gif
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