Pardon my inexperience, this is my first post here.
I just set up a new rig with an i7 930, 6gb 1600 ddr3 ram, and gigabyte's GA-X58A-UD3R mobo. I'm running windows 7 64bit, and the problem is that after installing the ATI graphics drivers, bootup takes approximately 3-4 minutes. Shut down sometimes takes about 1-2 minutes.
At first I didn't believe that it would be the graphics drivers. Since this is a fresh install, my only guess was to uninstall the driver I just installed -- the gpu drivers. To my surprise, bootup was back to normal.
I've tried catalyst 10.2, 10.4, and 10.5 packages and they've all given me the same results. I'm not sure whether the problem is the GPU or the mobo. I've tried swapping the GPU into the other PCI slots on the mobo, and the results were the same.
What I'm thinking of doing next is waiting for my friends to be available so that I can try their GPU's on my mobo, and vice versa. What do you guys think?