R Kennard, on Jul 1 2008, 01:08 AM, said:
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0 GHZ CPU
EVGA 790i Ultra SLI DDR3 ATX MB
Coolmax CUQ-1200 watt PSU
EVGA 9800 GTX KO 512MB 675MHZ GPU (will be overclocked soon...)
two - 750GB Samsung Spinpoint F1 HDD
one - 20X Lite-On DVD/RW
one - 22X Samsung DVD/RW
Tuniq Tower 120 CPU cooler
4GB (2 X 2GB) OCZ Reaper DDR3 1333 RAM (not sure it's gonna work with my MB yet, fingers crossed)
Vista 64 bit (may try dual boot system with XP as well)
CoolerMaster Cosmos S case
Dell UltraSharp 24"
Steve Walsh, on Jul 1 2008, 03:07 AM, said:
I'll be interested in if you have any problems with the 790i Mobo, I almost upgraded to that mobo and new cpu so I could migrate my current cpu & mobo into my 2nd machine but after reading about lost of problems with early 790i BIOS's I changend my mind....
I had decided it was time for a new computer and started out shopping for a Dell system. However, being that I had added and optical drive and changed a hard drive on my other system I felt I was ready to build one (tongue in cheek).
I didn't do enough research about what I was getting into and just started ordering parts...somewhat randomly. I started of with ordering the Mobo and the memory first and that was my main mistake.
I thought as long as I'm building a new machine I should get the latest and the greatest now so I stumbled across the 790i and DDR3 memory.
The mistake I made was not checking the list from EVGA as to which memory had out of the box proven stability with their Mobo. So that's where my main problems where encountered. Turns out it is quite easy to fix if you can update bios, adjust various settings and adjust settings of the bios for RAM and other things.
Well, I didn't know any of these things but after using several different sources on the internet, mostly EVGA's forums along with overclock.net and a little bit of tomshardware I was able to figure out what I needed to do. I ordered and installed a $10 floppy drive cause the cd and usb flash was too complicated. I even found a stash of "new" floppy discs in my garage I could use for the flash and for Memtest 86+.
"Super best big" thanks goes to "Delirious" at EVGA.com/forums http://www.evga.com/...tm.asp?m=499530
. Everything I needed was put in one place. I followed his guide updating BIOS, making recommended adjustments, and stress testing.
All is good including 15+ hours MS Flight Sim X with no problems, with several OCCT stress tests and Memtest 86+, all good to go. Thanks Delirious!
Time to install the racing sims and turn em up to full blast!
So, yes I had problems, for a newbie, but I have learned a lot, much more than I wanted when I set out but now I'm using EVGA's excellent product and will be overclocking my cpu and gpu soon, and now it is all good (touch wood!).
Edited by R Kennard, 31 August 2008 - 03:03 PM.