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8GB RAM(3.17 gb usable) Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit ... HELP

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August 25, 2012 2:33:54 PM

I just put together a new rig yesterday and I'm having trouble seeing the post on my monitor.
On startup my monitor is blank until the startup gets to loading windows, then something magically appears on my screen.
I'm a total newb when it comes to computer, so bare with me.

My build is:
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX950 950W
Corsair 8 GB ddr3 value Select
Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit (I know i should be on 64 bit, but I couldnt make a disc in time beacuse i have no DVD-r, and ive have this 32 bit disk for a long time)
Monitor : LG 23 inch w2343T (only dvi, no hdmi)

So I've been reading that I maybe need to Enable Memory Remapping in the bios, but i cant even get to my bios because the monitor wont show any of the post during startup.

Please help, I have no idea how to fix this, or even how to google it cause i'm using the wrong words.
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August 25, 2012 2:54:04 PM

Well you already know you should be using the 64 bit version of windows and that why you only get 3.17 GB of usable memory.
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August 25, 2012 3:00:35 PM

Ok, but what about my issue with the monitor not showing my post so i can see my bios?
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August 25, 2012 3:56:57 PM

was able to find 1 blank disc, burning an iso through img burn now,

But no one knows why this happens with the monitor not showing the startup post?
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August 25, 2012 4:38:57 PM

dontbicme said:
On startup my monitor is blank until the startup gets to loading windows, then something magically appears on my screen.

That can happen for several reasons including your monitor itself and what cabling or connections to the GPU and Monitor.

In the BIOS it's best to use Onboard VGA -> Enable If No Ext PEG (Default) and only connect the DVI to HD 6850 and your 'LG 23 inch w2343T'.
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August 25, 2012 6:14:15 PM

What made you think you needed a 950w power supply with an HD 6850??? You do know a system with a single HD 6850 only needs 450 watts...you can run a Crossfire setup with those cards and 550 watts just fine. 950 watts is for 2 x GTX 690s at $1000 each.
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