Well its good to see some awesome scouts since I have been away!
I myself have slipped into the seventh circle of hell with my rig currently
It all kicked off about a week ago when my motherboard decided to die completely on me (no boot..no post...just lights) but I caught a lucky break in the fact that the online supplier was only a 45min drive from Liverpool and they had agreed to do an exchange on the spot.
Picked up the new motherboard and decided to drive all the way back to my home town of Cambridge (other side of the country) to see the folks and spend some time studying before my finals in two weeks. Once I got settled I decided to rebuild my rig so i could begin studying, only to find this board is ALSO FAULTY and will not recognise my 7970 unless I have something in the second pcie slot and consistently freezes after 3 minutes even on stock clocks
of my uni work is on my rig and I have no way of accessing it currently and I cant afford the 4 hour drive back to SCAN Computers in Bolton until the 15th (three days before my exams).
I am so disappointed with gigabyte that I am refusing a direct like for like replacement and will never go with them ever again.
So I currently have two choices, either a non gigabyte Z68
or non gigabyteZ77
? bearing in mind I have a 2600k and will have for the foreseeable future...what everyone's opinions of the boards in the links? anything in particular would you recommend?
Also I somehow blew my PSU up so I have now got a corsair HX750...but i am not so upset at that as my old psu was terrible
The only good news is I managed to spend 5 mins in my workshop at my parents today and made a new PSU cover out of a single sheet of acrylic that I heated and bent round. Decided to paint the inside surface of it black so the outside was still smooth a shiny like my hdd cover. I also created a window so you could see my psu logo.
here is a crappy phone shot..still got to pinstripe the edges of the paint in the window.
Is just a shame my rig is currently useless and can only produce fan noises and light the room red...... Edited by darkstar585 - 4/7/12 at 6:16pm