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Giving up on ASUS Striker Extreme

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June 27, 2009 10:27:18 PM

Can someone set me straight? I have been running my system for a bit over a year without incident.

Present System:
MB: ASUS Strike Extreme
CPU: Core 2 QUAD core Q6600
Memory: (2GB Total) Crucial BL12864AA804.16FD5 (1GB) 4-4-4
Graphics Card: EVGA 8800 GTS 512MB
Plenty of clean power 1000W & Liquid Cooled CPU
OS: Vista 64 Bit

System started to get flakey boot up sometimes requiring multiple restarts. Check power supplies with tester all voltages we OK. Narrowed it down to what seemed to be a Northbridge problem not initializing the RAM. Was given an RMA from ASUS for a MB repair. Upon receiving and rebuild the system the same problem still exists. The POSTER LCD is messed up so I cannot read the error messages but still believe it to be a MB issue.

I am considering buying a new MB (frustrated with ASUS and leery of the nVidia Chipset)

Looking at the Intel DP45SG MB with the Intel P45 Chipset

Questions:
1) After reading the manual note that it says that if your graphics card can pull more than 75 Watts the 12V connector should be used. Since the EVGA claims to require 12VDC @26 amps minimum or 312 Watts I am obviously over that limit however the 8800 GTS has an independent power connector that plugs directly into the card. Should I still be power the MB 4 pin 12V connector?
2) Since this is a DDR3 1.5V SDRAM MB I was going to by new memory also. Of course the only verified 2GB 1066MHz 7-7-7 memory is Micron MT16JTF25664AY-1G1D1. Not readily available to the consumer as Crucial or other brands. Was planning on starting out with 2 sticks (4GB) upgrading to Windows 7 and than adding another 2 sticks for a total of (8GB). Is there a good source for other End-user verified Memory compatibility results that someone can recommend?
3) and how can you tell if memory has Serial Presence Detect (SPD)?
4) Lastly, am I giving up on the original MB to early (ASUS Striker Extreme (original NOT the new model II) any ideas on what I should try?

Thanks for your insight. More details can be provided if I forgot something.
June 28, 2009 12:04:51 AM

yes the mobo needs a 20-24pin and the 4-8 pin plugged in as dose the card 9if it needs one in this case it is so what is your powersupply as in make and model ?

and Nvida chipsets 7xx are annoying
June 28, 2009 12:52:09 AM

I have an Antec P190 case with dual Power Supplies.
Total of 1200W as shown below. 650W and 550W.

OUTPUT Neo LINK 650P:
VOLTAGE +5V +3.3V +12V1 +12V2 +12V3 -12V +5VSB
MAX.LOAD 24A 24A 19A 19A 19A 0.8A 3A
MIN.LOAD 0.3A 0.5A 1A 1A 1A 0A 0A
REGULATION ±3% ±3% ±3% ±3% ±3% ±6% ±3%
RIPPLE & NOISE (mV) 50 50 120 120 120 120 50

OUTPUT Neo LINK550S :
VOLTAGE +5V +3.3V +12V1 +12V2 +12V3 -12V +5VSB
MAX.LOAD 20A 24A 18A 18A 18A 0.8A 3A
MIN.LOAD 0.3A 0.5A 1A 1A 1A 0A 0A
REGULATION ±3% ±3% ±3% ±3% ±3% ±6% ±3%
RIPPLE & NOISE (mV) 50 50 120 120 120 120 50
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June 28, 2009 12:53:55 AM

i asked for that one
why two :o 

and going to what EVGA said the rails can't give the card the amps @max ;) 

I had a 700watt tough power that only could do 18amps it was only enough for one HD4870

but yeah you need to have the 20/24pin and 4/8pin connected as well as the power to the cards or it won't work perferbliy from the same powersupply, I m not sure how two are going to work tbh lol :S
June 28, 2009 2:43:41 PM

Its is just the way the Antec designed the case. The two supplies are tied together so they come up together etc. But thanks for your answer regarding the 4 pin ;) 
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