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New builder, greetings everyone. Apologies for the lack of experience, go easy on me now!

I posted this in the MIVE owners thread but I figure here would be a more appropriate place to seek advice.

Just finished my new build with a sigh of relief (damn Antec1200 case). But I seem to have run in to some issues. Here's my spec.

ASUS Maximus IV Extreme B3 Revision
Intel i7 2600k
8gb (2x4) Gskill Ripjaws-X 1600
NVIDIA GTX 570 x2 SLI
Corsair H50 Cooler
Corsair 1000w Modular PSU (I'm inclined to say it's an HX, they look identical looking them up now, but I would swear I got mine less than half the current price a couple of months ago)
Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium.

Used all the parts except the motherboard, CPU and RAM in my previous system.

Anyway, the system boots successfully but after 15-20 minutes it freezes completely, seems like a lot less time until crash when transfering files/general use (can't confirm right now). Keyboard and mouse LEDs go out too. Post code AA is up on the motherboard display.

I assumed it was a PSU issue. I removed, one by one, trying to get a stable system each time, my optical drive, optional case fans, and second graphics card in an attempt to reduce the strain on the PSU (though it should obviously be able to handle it all). No dice.

After a crash it seems if I attempt to restart the system before it has completely discharged then windows will not boot at all. Freezes on loading windows screen. Keyboard/mouse lights go out too like before. At first I was restarting immediately after a crash - it seemed like using a different SATA port for the HDD was the only way to get a successful boot after each crash while doing this. Silly me?

All BIOS settings are default right now with the BIOS version at the factory default. v1101, the latest version posted on ASUS' site.

CPU hovers around 29-32 degrees.
GPU around 45-50 degrees

I don't know of a way to monitor the motherboard temp from within windows to get an idea of how general usage might effect the temp but from within the BIOS it's sitting at 28 degrees.

It might be worth mentioning that the very first time I booted somehow my OS was corrupted or damage and wouldn't load. I had to format and fresh install Windows to get anywhere, I thought this was odd as I never touched my HD throughout the process of installing the new mobo. Possibly unrelated though.

Any ideas?
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New builder, greetings everyone. Apologies for the lack of experience, go easy on me now!

I posted this in the MIVE owners thread but I figure here would be a more appropriate place to seek advice.

Just finished my new build with a sigh of relief (damn Antec1200 case). But I seem to have run in to some issues. Here's my spec.

ASUS Maximus IV Extreme B3 Revision
Intel i7 2600k
8gb (2x4) Gskill Ripjaws-X 1600
NVIDIA GTX 570 x2 SLI
Corsair H50 Cooler
Corsair 1000w Modular PSU (I'm inclined to say it's an HX, they look identical looking them up now, but I would swear I got mine less than half the current price a couple of months ago)
Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium.

Used all the parts except the motherboard, CPU and RAM in my previous system.

Anyway, the system boots successfully but after 15-20 minutes it freezes completely, seems like a lot less time until crash when transfering files/general use (can't confirm right now). Keyboard and mouse LEDs go out too. Post code AA is up on the motherboard display.

I assumed it was a PSU issue. I removed, one by one, trying to get a stable system each time, my optical drive, optional case fans, and second graphics card in an attempt to reduce the strain on the PSU (though it should obviously be able to handle it all). No dice.

After a crash it seems if I attempt to restart the system before it has completely discharged then windows will not boot at all. Freezes on loading windows screen. Keyboard/mouse lights go out too like before. At first I was restarting immediately after a crash - it seemed like using a different SATA port for the HDD was the only way to get a successful boot after each crash while doing this. Silly me?

All BIOS settings are default right now with the BIOS version at the factory default. v1101, the latest version posted on ASUS' site.

CPU hovers around 29-32 degrees.
GPU around 45-50 degrees

I don't know of a way to monitor the motherboard temp from within windows to get an idea of how general usage might effect the temp but from within the BIOS it's sitting at 28 degrees.

It might be worth mentioning that the very first time I booted somehow my OS was corrupted or damage and wouldn't load. I had to format and fresh install Windows to get anywhere, I thought this was odd as I never touched my HD throughout the process of installing the new mobo. Possibly unrelated though.

Any ideas?
Did you test the PSU in another system? I'd say that or the motherboard are the issue. I think SpeedFan will allow you to monitor MB Temps and record them to a file. If not SpeedFan, then ASUS ProbeII.
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I'll put my previous system back together to try this after work today.

I will probably also pick up a new PSU anyway. Looking at a wattage calculator and it's telling me my system would draw around 813w. Would an 850w PSU be cutting it close?
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I read your post and its weird , don't you think the hard drive is the problem? the message u got about the damaged OS is a red flag , try to switch to another hard drive and install new OS on it and see what are the results....
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yea it sounds like your drive might be toast, try loading windows on a new drive first before you get another psu

edit: ugh someone beat me to it!
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Its hard to say the PSU is the problem because its not a problem the PC shutting down or something... this a problem with the OS freezing although there are other factors who might cause the issue but i bet on the hard drive...
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Decided to try another suggestion before installing an OS to a new HDD. I manually changed the RAM timings in the BIOS to 9-9-9-24-2(?) as per reccomended by G.Skill. (http://www.gskill.com/products.php?index=355). I booted in to windows and ran Prime95. My system instantly crashed (did not freeze like before).

CPU temp during the few seconds of prime95 was at around 55-60 degrees, so that wasn't the cause.

Oddly, looking at my BIOS now my idle CPU temp seems to have risen. Up to 39-40 from 30-32. Could be just down to room temp right now, but will get back to you on that.

I suppose I should try the new HD with my previous settings, but this hiccup has made me think twice about the HD being the origin of this problem.
post #8 of 10
Interesting..... i think the best for you is to run MEMTEST, regarding installing OS on new HDD, i don't see any problem doing that- do it just to make sure , don't put any image of you current OS! do a fresh install....
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Hello welcome to OCN

First of all, it is advised to reinstall os when changing mobo's. Secondly download cpu-z realtemp/coretemp to minitor temps in os. Download either prime95 or IBT/Linx with new avx pack for stability testing. I would personally make sure that all connections are in and hardware is working first. Run everything on stock and run prime95 for a few minutes to see whether any bsods occur. If all is well then you can begin you overclocking adventure otherwise post back here after you have tried that for more troubleshooting. Good Luck
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Problem solved. Turns out my RAM voltage was too high. Reducing it to 1.5v, in addition to the revised timings, resulted in a stable system. Ran Prime95 for 30 minutes.

Appreciate your input zorg, and thank you for the welcome munaim. I did not know it was generally a good idea to reinstall the OS with a new mobo. Nice bit of info.

I am slightly worried about my temps, they seemed to have randomly gone up. My processor is idling at 38-42 (30~ before), and 60 under load. My GPU is idling at 68-72 (45~ before) and 85 under load (preaking at 95 before I changed the fan speed to auto in afterburner). While I'm aware these aren't dangerous levels I'm still somewhat confused as to whats prompted a suddenly hotter system.

Come to think of it I recorded the 45 degree GPU temp with only 1 card. With SLI enabled temps generally increase, right? Still... 85~ seems somewhat high.

These are at stock speeds. I do plan on overclocking.

Edit: I thought I posted an update earlier, but it didn't seem to have gone through. Oh well.
Edited by Glancey - 4/5/11 at 4:09pm
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