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Big Bang X Power for Folding DOA?

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Hi guys. Have a problem. MSI was generous enough to donate 2x Big Bang X Power boards for folding@home in honor of Syrillian. We have gathered parts and I have begun assembly. I am running into issues with the first system.

Specs:
  • MSI Big bang X Power
  • Intel i7-950
  • 3x4GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600
  • Corsair AX 1200

The system is acting really strange. Here's what I have done to try to get it to boot properly.
  • 1 RAM module, 1 GPU
  • move RAM to different slots
  • use 2 modules in the rear-most slots closest to the CPU
  • clear CMOS many times

Sometimes, I can get into BIOS. Others it will hang in infinite loops. I have another board here but I really, REALLY want to avoid swapping boards out, reapplying TIM and starting over if I can avoid it at all. I have other stuff that needs to get done today and I don't want to spend all day troubleshooting. Does anyone see anything right off the bat I may need to do?
post #2 of 9
I know that the 950's have a weak memory controller, maybe you need to boost voltage for the memory a bit?
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Originally Posted by appleg33k85 View Post
I know that the 950's have a weak memory controller, maybe you need to boost voltage for the memory a bit?
^ yeah RAM can be finicky-might bump the IMCv a hair too,and check timings
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post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
Next time around I actually manage to make it to BIOS, sure.
post #5 of 9
Assemble the other rig on a box see what it can do. I always recommend anyone who is building a computer to build on the box and boot into an os before sticking it in a case. Sounds like you got a dead one.
post #6 of 9
Did you make sure that you removed any extra motherboard stand-offs? Caselabs ships a bunch of extra stand-offs installed on the tray.
post #7 of 9
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Did you make sure that you removed any extra motherboard stand-offs? Caselabs ships a bunch of extra stand-offs installed on the tray.
Good catch. Yes did that. Thanks for paying attention

I actualy have the board mounted on the case labe tray outside the case just sitting on my desk ATM because I had a feeling something like this was going to happen. Guess my next move is to try the other baord.
post #8 of 9
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I've decided that swapping boards is my next solution. Back soon hopefully!
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
New board swap was successful (I think.) Looks like we are down1 board.
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