RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
Video:SAPPHIRE 100281-3SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
HD: MICROCENTER Brand (ADATA) 120GB 2.5" SATA III 6.0Gbps Solid State Drive (SSD) with SandForce SF-2281 Controller
PSU: XFX XXX Edition 650 Watt Power Supply P1650XCAG9
now my issues:
1. Double boot: When I try to power on the box, it turns on for about 10secs, then resets itself, stays on 10secs, resets itself and continues this till I put it out of it's misery. The screen is blank throughout cycling. I have to hold down the power for 5secs to power down, then power back on and it starts working normally. I have had this problem for ~18mo since i built it! I am pretty sure this had to do with my MoBo/RAM configuration. Can anyone tell me how to tweek my bios to get the RAM/MoBo to work on the first try?
2. My computer is eating SSD's!!! Last week my old 60GB MicroCenter SSD that was running my OS crashed hard. I got a blue screen of death/critical script error/memory dump and when I restarted, i would get a warning during start up that there is no boot disk. Looking through the bios, the SSD was not listed. I returned the SSD for a new one. All they had to replace my old one was the latest 120GB MicroCenter SSD (listed above). I reinstalled windows and drivers off MoBo disk and within minutes got another BSoD. it would continue to try and boot upon restarting, it still recognized the disk. When I tried to reinstall the OS, it couldnt find the SSD! so i cancel teh OS reinstall, and it tries to boot from the SSD agian! Try to reinstall OS, cant find SSD! AHHHHHHH!!!!! I returned for another SSD. Install windows, install drivers of MoBo disk, within minutes i get another BSoD. same dang bs as before. I am on my 3rd SSD now and am getting BSoD again! Any idea what is going on????
Throughout all these crashes, my 500GB storage drive has remained uneffected. It is on the same power cable as teh ssd so I dont think my PSU is burning em up or anything like that. I also find it fishy that it will boot from teh SSD and keep crashing shortly there after, but it wont recognize the SSD exists when I try and reinstall windows.
I wanted to get some advice before returing my 4th SSD to MicroCenter!
first off there are a lot of bios patches for your mb...have you installed any of them?? the ram you posted is in the updated 1600 qal list. the reboot..reboot reboot is the mb trying to set the ram speed up from one of the setting in the ram jdec. if the bios update does not fix the issue i would try some other brand of ram in micro center. (one that 1300 or less in speed) and 1.5v.
look at your mb book and cmos setting your looking to set the ram speed using it xmp profile. there a setting in ram to do that.
also see if the mb setting the timming up as 9-9-9-9 or 11 11 11 11 or greater sometime if that timing to loose you can have issues. also see if you can bump the ram voltage up to 1.6v
with ssd as the wear out or the power drops you can have a bad bit written to the ssd, the secure erase the drive writes all zeror or all ones then formats the drive. it not a quick format that you see on a reg hard drive it can take a few hours. a lot of ssd come with drive tools. (intel does) it one of the features in the ssd toolbox.