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Windows 7: Upgrade not working

13 Aug 2010   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

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As far as brand for a new motherboard, Gigabyte has usually not brought me very good luck at all in the past. Asus I've done very well with as well as ECS and ASRock. What makes ASRock an inferior brand exactly because every board I've bought from them in the past has just worked for me and lasted me years and years.
I'm not sure if it is just the day or what, but I feel like a broken record. One person's experience doesn't make for a full representation of a product. ECS has ALWAYS been regarded as bargain bin junk by the enthusiast industry. Asrock pretty much the same, for whatever reason you feel liek going with. Cost, features, reliability, industry name it. You may have had bad experiences with Gigabyte, but that doesn't translate into the whole industries experience. If you look into any system builder, aside from the major OEMs, you'll likely see Asus or Gigabyte boards. There's a reason why those are the two most trusted brands. If you truly don't want to go with those brands, then get an Intel branded motherboard. Those are always rock solid.
I understand that. My experience doesn't make for a whole industry experience, that much is true. In my personal experience, I had bad luck but like anything, first impressions count and if you're soured on something, it will generally take a lot to be impressed by it again.

But yeah, I understand that, I just had bad luck with Gigabyte but I do recognize it as a good brand. And ASUS is great, the only problems is all the motherboards I find that are ASUS brand have VIA Audio Chipsets instead of Realtek Audio Chipsets. But I will shop around.

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13 Aug 2010   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

If you want stability, with Realtek chips, and don't plan to overclock, go with an Intel brand board.
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17 Aug 2010   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

In the end, I bought an ASRock board because unfortunately Intel boards were too damn expensive. Now that I've installed it and all, plugged in the 8-pin connector, 24-pin connector, all the good stuff and go to plug it in the wall, it flips me the bird because it attempts to turn on but immediately turns off after about 3 seconds, infinitely repeating this cycle. No beeps are heard but everything seems to be powering up.

I've tested the RAM in a friend's PC and it works fine so it's not that. I'm seriously thinking it's the power supply. I then tried a power supply I had, a GIGABYTE SUPERB GE-P450P-C2 550W ATX12V V2.3 80 PLUS, which I've heard and seen working with i7 CPUs. It tells me to go straight to hell because I get the same response. Now, from what I'm reading, the i3 requires some type of special power supply or something to that effect that I may be missing. I am curious, is there some magic trick or voodoo I need to perform to get this piece of garbage working because it has been about 2 weeks, 2 power supplies, 3 motherboards, and a whole heck of a lot of stress apart from about $400 down the drain to have a non-functioning piece of dung.

I am curious and that this point am quite desperate, what type of power supply do I need to buy to make this crap heap work? (Again, forgive me if I sound angry but I am really really biting my tongue here) Is there some component I'm not aware of that LGA 1156 chipsets need to work? Both of these power supplies I've tested do work and are not bad because I've tested them with other components and what's more, even bigger energy wasters (Prescott CPUs) and they seem to work just fine.

I'm almost kind of regretting choosing Intel over AMD at this point...

EDIT: I'm thinking a power supply like this but I'm very weary of throwing more money into the garbage can. Also this one:
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17 Aug 2010   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

From my experience, the AMD side has always been much more frustration as an overall experience. I didn't think the Intel boards were expensive, and that's why I recommended them. I am using them in 6 other systems, aside of my primary one. Anyway, on to the issue.

The only requirement of the PSU, in terms of connectors, is that you have the proper power plug to the motherboard, which I believe is a 24 pin connector, or a 20+4 connector, and then the second power connector going to the board near the CPU. With the LGA775 boards, it was a square, four pin connector. I'm not sure what the newer chipset uses, but you should clearly see the power adapter. If you have those connected properly, and the system is powering on and then right likely have something grounded.
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18 Aug 2010   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I got a new PSU, 750W (listed in specs) and now my computer is running. Apparently I missed one other thing that was so stupid, with the little connectors that allow the power buttons, LEDs and such to work, I had the reset SW plugged in however, I forgot that my reset button on my case was kind of screwed. Never bothered my old PC but apparently it was causing the motherboard to constantly reset. Chalk this up to utter stupidity on my part.
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