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    New Computer Issues

    Hey Guys,

    My friend bought a new comp with the following stuff:

    Intel E8500. asus p5q3 deluxe mobo, 2 2gig corsair ram at 1333, corsair 700w PSU, EVGA nvideo GTX260

    I set it up correctly (to the best of my knowledge and experience) but the only issue being the heatsink (honestly, what the hell was intel thinking? AMD AM2's heatsink is WAY better)


    He is getting BSODs in Vista (Yeah, I guess it is possible) by playing COD or running prime 95 (which I told him to run after he was talking about the issues). Additionally, he actually underclocked his CPU because of the awkward and insane temps he was getting.

    I am assuming that there is something wrong with the CPU - any ideas on some tests that he can run / things he can do? I should probably just head over to his house and spend some time with the sucker but we are on opposite schedules so I said i would post something up here.

    Do you know what the average temps are for the Intel E8500?


    Any thoughts/suggestions/questions would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
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    Is there a updated bios for the board?

    Got a code written down you can post of what was on the BSOD?

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    Hey Preet,
    Here is the thermal specs;
    http://download.intel.com/design/pro...hts/318732.pdf
    you will find them in section 5.

    Have you tried re-seating the cpu? Used a good thermal paste?

    Actually, according to Intel, you could use passive cooling with that cpu... It is only a 65 watt... If the ambient temp of the room is reasonable and the cpu/hsf is seated correctly, you may try switching fans although something would seem to be defective with the cpu... Was it retail or oem?

    I just want to add that not all boards play nice with those HD sticks of ram... I have experienced this on a couple of machines, same result. Changed the ram to 1 GB sticks, no problem. Not sure if you have any laying around, but certainly worth a shot if you do...
    Good luck, let us know.

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    Sounds like a ram issue to me as well. An alternative to swapping memory is to see if raising the voltage on the ram will help (going from 1.8v to 2.1v will help increase stability).
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    also check the ram timings to see if they are set to whatever the manufacturer suggests.

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    Apparently he upped the voltage on his ram and it was OK - I will have to make sure the CAS / Latency settings are up to SPD or whatever as well. Odd though - doesn't explain the temperatures although he is going to buy a new heatsink and some thermal paste.

    Thanks for the helps dude I will have an update this weekend.


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    Alright, so my friend is having horrible luck for some reason. We installed a new thermaltake heatsink and his temperatures are great. Additionally, we upped the ram voltage by .1 V which makes everything stable (prime 95/ memtest / etc)

    However, now, there are some gnarly screen artifacts going on from boot all the way to OS - which implies that his vid card is messed up. Apparently the error he is getting is an error 43 which is a driver conflict, but that doesn't make sense as the artifacts pretty much start from boot.

    Any ideas? (Evga Gefore GTX260 vid card btw)

    Thanks
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    all the power plugs are plugged into the video card ?

    maybe RMA on the card itself

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    reseat the video card...you say these problems only occur during post up until it gets into the os? then it is fine?

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    loop - the problems happen from boot onwards and even until the OS. I believe that it was the graphics card all along that was causing the BSODs during gaming and such.

    The card has both plugs in it (jesus that is crazy how much juice those things take). Maybe we should check the rails and voltages to see if they are dropping or something?

    Does anyone think that flashing the vid card will help? Or should I try and RMA it (my friend is a little bit of a n00b and threw out the box so he is going to have some issues trying to RMA it).

    Preet
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    alright, so a bit of an update here:

    1) The video card died so he swapped it for a new one
    2) The ram he bought (corsair xms3) wasn't very compatible with his motherboard, so he had to change a bunch of settings (manually adjust latencies, increase voltage, etc..)

    Now everything seems to be working fine. Oh He bought a Thermaltake heatsink and it is working perfectly


    Thanks for the input all.
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    That's is great news.

    On one computer that I have, I had to disable the system cache setting in the bios to just to install Vista.. then switch it back to on when Vista finished it's install. Crazy things just to install.. yep..
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    i really dun know how people are having issues with Vista, my setup worked like a charm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ub3r_n00b View Post
    i really dun know how people are having issues with Vista, my setup worked like a charm.
    On one of my computers, it is like that..trying to install it.
    On my other computer no problems with the install. Running it on either is fine.
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