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hey, thanks for the quick response... the voltage bump up idea was not successful, am now wondering if I should try to mess w/ the other voltages? i dont know how harmful this could be but im guessing it could fry some parts? is it possible that the voltage for the CPU is off?

I had a similar issue w/ my old comp when i first built it and it turned out to be the RAM timings. But when the installation would restart my comp in that situation, it did it during the "blue screen" copying setup files phase. Because it always successfully completes that phase I do not think it is a memory problem, but what do I know!! 


Hey all,

 I just built a new rig for my mom and I cannot get windows to install. Reformatting and the copy file phase work flawlessly, but then windows set up restarts before I even see the "x minutes left" screen. I have tried alternate RAM, a dual core processor (instead of the quad), and hard drive (IDE).  I have also connected my PSU from my own rig to the devices in the new one, still restarts.  I have set the mem timings manually 5-5-5-15, although there are a list of "other settings" with abt 8 items for further timing options.  Here are my mom's system specs:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail

MOBO: ASUS P5N-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

RAM: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ - Retail

VID CARD: EVGA 256-P2-N615-TX GeForce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

CASE/PSU: Athenatech A413WG.400 Beige / Gray Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX 2.01v 400W Power Supply - Retail

 Sometimes I recieve an error message, 2 of which have said something about virtual memory and the other simply saying the operation was unsuccessful. HELP PLEASE!!!

runs perfectly on my machine max settings DX9 tho.. i have a gts8800 340 mb version

 does anyone have a comparison b/w dx10 and dx 9? i would really like to know if the upgrade to vista is worth it at this point. Thanks.

i think i fixed the problem... like an idiot, I put the RAM in dual channel in slots DIMM3 and 4, when i switched them to DIMM1 and 2 I played for about 3 hours straight. hopefully this keeps up!
i apologize... I also just installed company of heroes, and it does the same exact thing... ahhhhhh

im thinking it may be the power supply?
It freezes and crazy "errrrr" audio keeps playing. this is a completely new rig, just built ~ 5 hours ago. I have check mem timings in bios, updated video drivers, and some other obvious things. The CPU after one freeze was still at 25-27 C degrees (didnt check the others). Specs:

Dual core pentium E6600
XFX 8800GTS 320mb
Crucial Ballistix 2 x 1GB (2GB) DDR2 800
MSI P9N SLI 650i
Antec 430w truepower PSU

Thanks all. PLEASE help me out with this, my other comp always had random restarts I just want to play a game for more than 15 minutes!!!
sorry, can't edit for some reason...

I was looking at this mobo on newegg:

MSI P6N SLI-FI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

What do you guys think?

So I've compiled my wants into a system for gaming. This is my second built system, so im still a noob and any help is appreciated. Here are the specs:

Dual core pentium E6600
XFX 8800GTS 320mb
Crucial Ballistix 2 x 1GB (2GB) DDR2 800

With that setup, what is my best option for my Mobo? I'm so noob that I don't really understand the advantages/disadvantages of mobos. Can they be a bottleneck or no? Im not looking for extensive features on the mobo (like good built in video audio), bc i already have a nice sound card.

Any advice on an inexpensive but good motherboard that won't bottleneck (if its possible) would be helpful. Thanks!
  Topic: Upgrading

My current setup is:

Pentium 4 3.0 ghz
Abit IC7-G mobo
1 gig 3200ll corsair memory (400)
evga 7600 GS video card (APG)

I am looking to upgrade and have serious improvements in gaming and general computer use. I've been trying to read up some on dual cores, but I think I need help choosing the best for me. I don't want to spend a fortune, hopefully
Ok, but how would it compare to the 7600 GS, and more importantly how much better would a 6600 gt be than a 9700 pro (i know itd obviously be a lot better, but by a huge margin??). Thanks again.