I just bought a nice new setup. I have a custom built and this is not the first so i am not new at this.
XFX NFORCE 680I SLI Intel SOCKET 775 DDR2
q6600 Intel proc
Corsair Twinx 2048MB DDR2 800MHz
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad
Evga GeForce 8800 GTX 768MB
Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit
I went through a couple of forums and i discovered a couple of 680i SLI MOBOs had an issue with the clay that was used between the North and South Bridge and MCP heatsinks. When i first boot up my BIOS i went to the monitor. Processor temp was about 38C and the motherboard was about the same. They were fine. The MCP however was 76-78C!!!
Everything booted fine, so i thought maybe its just how hot they get? (I dont know much about the proper operating temps of things)
I updated all my hardware and i went into Nvidia Ntune and wanted to see what that monitor reported. The NMonitor always locks up (I HATE VISTA!!)
so i downloaded SpeedFan and that didnt give me a reading for the MCP. Anyway, i start up Crysis and i was running it at 1024 x 768 with no AA and my frames were not doing too well, like 30 and dropped all the time. I went to forums and people with slower video cards / PCs were getting better rates than I.
Someone said that the MCP had an issue and he upgraded the BIOS and he was ok. Well i go to XFX website and they recommended a BIOS Update. So i downloaded the Windows Flash Program with the update and Vista FROZE midway through the installation (I HATE VISTA!!!).
It gave me a blue screen and now my cpu wont BOOT!!!! The BIOS are shot, i cant even get to the boot screen. No beeps, nothing, dead. I tried making a bootup disc with an autoexec file setup to autoinstall the BIOS but the floppy drive wont even read
Well theres my story, but what i'm looking for an answer to is WTF was up with the MCP!!! Has anyone heard of this issue before?
Is it an RMA Issue???
Now that i can't turn it on i'm rather upset and don't know what to do with it. Does anyone know how to redo the BIOS another way?
If anyone could give me any information about any of this it would be very appreciative... Thanks alot guys.