Hi, ive had this pc a gd few years now, and for the first year there were no errors. Then all of a sudden, my OS would just freeze and nothing would respond. Powering it off and then on again works fine. I sent bk the RAM and motherboard thinking they might be the problem, and these solutions fixed it temporarily, and then a few weeks later it would play up again. Now every now and then the lan adapter gets on limited connectivity and a reset of the adapter makes it work again. Im on the same connection as friends and they have no problems so i think they're linked. Other people with the same problem found out they had WLAN card problems. I dont have a WLAN card so it cant be that. I also suspected a power supply problem, that it might temporarily get a shortage in voltage. Ive run OCCT tests for voltage and it all seems normal. The rails are as follows;
Vcore - 1.31
5V - 4.96
12V - 12.34
3.3V - 3.2
These all seem to be within the ATX guidelines tho.
Ive done memory tests and it doesnt come up with any problems, and there are also no errors in the event log, so it has to be a hardware issue.
Im reaching the end of my teather with this one, and any advice would be greatly appreciated. My system is;
We need a little more info. What PSU do you have? What exact RAM kit do you have? "DDR2 - 800mhz" doesn't really narrow it down much. Have you manually set the RAM speed/timings/voltage to the specs listed on the sticker on the RAM?
What memory tests have you done? The best RAM test I'm aware of is Memtest86+. You should let it run overnight to fully test the RAM.
When was the last time you ran Memtest86+? RAM can go bad. I've had especially bad luck with Crucial Ballistix RAM. Running four sticks of RAM just makes the problem worse since it's harder on the motherboard and doubles your chances of a stick going bad. I would run Memtest86+ again. Your symptoms are usually caused by either faulty RAM or incorrect RAM BIOS settings.
i havent ran memtest for a while so il run it over night as you suggested. I can't see any problems with my bios settings as most of them are default with changes to the RAM and fan speeds. Il post up any results of the RAM test 2moz.
if ur interested in sli'ing, then all boards with a nvidia chip have a wierd BUG - overclocking loopholes and some minor problems with hardware. but if ur looking into crossfirex then go 4 a P45 or X48 chip mobo. Gigabyte, Asus and EVGA make good intel based boards. Gigabytes are good for everyday use, with medium overclockability, EVGa is a lil better and asus is only for the hardcore overclocker.
If ur a newbie - that 8800GTX will run on a single slot (PCI-e 2.0) in a crossfire mobo
but this hardware swap is only needed if ur rams are not the issue, after the memtest
ok thanks, il look into more about the board and hopefully find a new one and hope the problem is fixed. I want a new board anyway seeing as i cant fit a soundcard in because of the size of the graphics card, and only 1xPCI-E 1.0 slot.
crucial are brilliant for RMA, but ive sent the RAM back twice, first time i had PC2-8500 and replaced it, then i wanted PC2-6400 to improve stability but it hasnt helped. The RAM has the right timings and voltages. First year it was working fine @1066mhz and 1.8V, less voltage than recommended but it was all fine. Just installed new motherboard drivers as the network card was playing up more frequently.
You'l be more happy looking at the Asus Maximus II formula, not the gene (although it looks kinda neat) but u get a tonne of features in the formula. Its a P45 chip, so if ur going to crossfire then u'll be getting x8/x8 as opposed to x48 chipset - x16/x16 but if u run a single GPU - x16 for both P45 and X48
i understand u want to keep ur rams and trust ME, their GOOD timmings! so u can look into the rampage formula and the maximus II formula...but if its overclocking features you want then u should look no further than the maximus II formula as the rampage formula has a few issues and it has a few overclocking bugs.Plus the rampage formula is a bit older than the Maximus II formula.
If ur switching to DDR3 than u can look into getting the Rampage Extreme x48 thas wat i have
thanks for ur advice, i think im gonna wait and see if i can get any help from EVGA and then if i cant fix this il get the maximus 2 gene. I cant really afford a massive upgrade with RAM as well so the motherboard will do. I built my bro's PC as well and hes had no problems. He has the i7 bloomfield with a rampage 2 gene.