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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:55 am 
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Currently have a situation where possibly either the motherboard or processor has gone bad. My system had sporadically been shutting down, especially noticeable during high stressful times, such as system intensive processes. More recently, the machine has finally given up. During the boot process, the machine won't even make it throught this process. It will start up but then at various posts, just shut down again. No error codes ever show.

I'm dealing with the following:

EVGA 132-ck-nf79-a1 motherboard
EVGA 512-p3-n872-ar GeForce 9800 GTX 700 mhz video card
Intel Core 2 Duo Quad 2.83 GHz 133 Q9550 processor
PC power and cooling Silencer 750 Quad PSU Crossfire
OCZ OCZ3RPR16004GK 4GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 RAM
5 various Hard drives and an Auzentech x-fi Prelude 7.1 sound card

I have ruled out the ram by removing a stick one at a time, moving each stick into different slots. Disconnecting all but one hard drive, disconnecting power to the video card. In each case, no change. Disconnecting optical drives, still no change.

Not too sure about the power supply just yet. All fans are running and standby LED's are lit. Currently in process of getting a power supply tester. In the mean time, have sent the motherboard back to EVGA, lifetime warranty. Spoke to PC Power and cooling, found, if needed, I have a 5 yr warranty on that (purchased all June 2008). machine has been running 24/7 since it's birth.

Question is, if it turns out not to be the motherboard or pwr supply, what, if any, can I upgrade to, still using my existing video card and ram. Don't think it's worth it to spend 100 to 200 dollars on an old processor and old technology.

Thanks to all for your suggestions.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 1:02 pm 
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Well that's going to be difficult to work with. Socket 775 is pretty much done. NewEgg has a few motherboardsds, but nothing I would consider really great. They've got a couple of Intel processors that are 775

Might be worth taking your CPU to a local computer store to see if they would do testing on it.

Otherwise I'd look at Ebay

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what do you use the machine for?

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Use it as a P2P server as well as backing up Blu-ray and other movies. Those are the main things done.


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Things to do before getting shot of it, as it is still a very viable setup for what you do...

1) Reseat the CPU, CPU Heatsink and fan and apply new thermal compound.
2) From past experience, these boards chipsets run hot and with the inadequate heatsinks they provide it is worth taking the motherboard heatsink off and reapplying thermal compound and cleaning the base of the heatsink up till it shines before doing so.
3) Do the same to the video card heatsink and fan.
4) Get a can of air and blow all the dust out of the machine inc PSU, then
5) Check motherboard/video card and PSU for bulging leaking capacitors
6) Make sure all the hard drives are ok.

This may save you splurging out on an upgrade.

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Thanks, right now waiting for replacement MB to come back and power supply tester to rule that out. Once done, will put everything back together and see what happens. Will keep you posted.

As for part two of original question. Am I able to use existing ram and video card on a new MB and processor if I end up having to start over with new setup?


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As for part two of original question. Am I able to use existing ram and video card on a new MB and processor if I end up having to start over with new setup?
Yes.... :D

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Update, EVGA said they don't have any EVGA 132-ck-nf79-a1 motherboards in stock but are willing to "upgrade" me to an EVGA "p67 SLI (130-SB-E675)"

Socket 1155 so I'll have to get a new processor and they claim, new ram. Any thoughts? Is this worth it to get a free MB or would I do better with another MB. Again, was hoping to take my existing video card to avoid a major cost in the rebuild.


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well, it's like a $150 board, so...in theory you just saved yourself 150 bucks to put towards a compatible upgraded CPU.

why would you need new memory? it appears to be a DDR3 board...

i would jump on it probably...grab a nice i3, or splurge a little on an i5(or a lot and get an i7)

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The funny things is that EVGA lists a triple channel kit with the same specs and make for their P67 boards as compatible. You should be fine.

Getting a $150 free upgrade sounds like a good start towards a new system.

That is the difference between a G series Pentium (basic/budget) and an i5 (gaming top, only the i7 is more but you'll not be using all the cores when gaming). I'd say go for it!

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