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MSI 790FX-GD70 problems?

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Hey OCN,

I am having some issues with a new build I am doing using the MSI 790FX-GD70. I tested the board when I got it with an AMD 965, 8 gb of pny ram, and a 4550 cheapo card. The board booted with all ram being used. I flashed to a bios version that supports the 6 core AMD chips and plugged in an 1100T. It fired up fine.

I started building the new rig, which is watercooled. I got the rads in, the res/pump, motherboard installed, blocked the cpu and 2x5870's and ran all the tubing. Then I filled the loop.

Well after leak-testing and finding that the resevoir was leaking a bit, I decided to hook up power and test the rest of the system.

I wire up the fans, hook up an ssd with win 7 installed on it, (used previously on this motherboard) and ran power to the gpu's.

With anticipation, I hit the power button on the motherboard.

The board lights up, all fans are spinning, the pump is pumping, I am waiting for the post.. still waiting..nothing on the screen

The error code on the board read 2E.

I google the code and it comes back with failure to initialize (gpu)-

OOH NOES!

I figure something may be wrong with the way the blocks are mounted or maybe I bricked a card. But before thinking the worst, I try to trouble shoot the problem. The first thing I try is a cmos reset. I decide to do this by removing the battery and letting the board sit for 10 minutes, unplugged.

Ten minutes pass. I hit the power button. now the lcd reads FF and thats it.

Before the cmos reset, it started with FF for a second, then rolled quickly through some other codes, then hung on 2E. Now FF is the only thing that is displayed.

Did I reset the bios to the factory settings (roll back the driver version) by clearing cmos?




Anyways, I drained the loop, cut off some of the tubing, and removed the video cards.

I take the waterblocks off both cards and put on the stock air heatsinks.

Then I pull out the ol' trusty HTPC and remove the 5770 that has gpu duty. I also have to unplug the sata cables from the board as they plug in perpendicularlly to the board and wont allow me to install one of the much longer 5870's. So I plug in the 5870, run another power cable to the card, and plug in the big-screen plasma.

Pushing the power button with a feeling of gloom, It fires right up with a display on the hdtv. It doesn't load to the desktop because I have the hdds unplugged, but the card is working.

I take out the first card and replace it with the second card. I think to myself, well this ones probably bricked. Push the power button... beep but no display!

Heh- might help if I plug in the hdmi cable. I restart the HTPC with the cable plugged in and presto- we have video.

So any ideas OCN? The cards are working on a different board (with the air heatsinks) Why no picture on the msi 790fx-gd70?

I dont think its a power issue because I used 2 different power supplies (HX850, and xfx xxx650(seasonic), both brand new.

I dont think it's the pci slots because it worked with the 4550.

Now the cpu wont even initialze...

Guess I will have to pull the cpu from the htpc and see if it posts with that one (amd 965).

Any help regarding these issues will be greatly apprieciated.

Also, I tried using just one stick of ram in the first dimm just to troubleshoot.

Help me PLEASE!
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80g Intel ssd, 2x300g raptors (0), 2x1 TB RE3 (0 Pioneer Blu-Ray burner, 22x dvd burner custom loop Windows 7 64bit 
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Well, I put in the 965 cpu and switched a jumper back and forth and it booted. same bios was still there.

I put back in the 1100t and it booted.

Hooked up both gpu's one at a time and they are working (air heatsinks), so I guess either I did something wrong with the waterblocks, or they are not compatible with the 2gb eyefinity cards.

I will try the blocks again when I have some more time to mess with it.

I'll be bummed if they cannot work as I spent quite a bit of cash on the cards/blocks.

I'm guessing that something is shorting out on the blocks or something.
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i7 920 DO oc'd to 4.25Ghz EVGA 3-way Sli Classified 2x480 SLI 3x2g Corsair CMG6GX3M3A2000C7 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
80g Intel ssd, 2x300g raptors (0), 2x1 TB RE3 (0 Pioneer Blu-Ray burner, 22x dvd burner custom loop Windows 7 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG W3000H, dell ultra-sharp 24" Ducky 'OCN' with brown hx1000 Cosmos II 
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mionix naos 5000 steelseries SX 
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80g Intel ssd, 2x300g raptors (0), 2x1 TB RE3 (0 Pioneer Blu-Ray burner, 22x dvd burner custom loop Windows 7 64bit 
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LG W3000H, dell ultra-sharp 24" Ducky 'OCN' with brown hx1000 Cosmos II 
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