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Hi

Sory for the long delay, had to go to the UK in a hurry on family business, now sorted.

Have you ordered your parts yet?
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Hey!

I completely changes my build and budget. And I have it up an running since yesterday.

Case http://www.tigerdire...0568&CatId=1520
Ram/CPU http://www.newegg.ca...st=Combo.694851
Cooler http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16835103065
Power Supply http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16817207013
HDD http://www.newegg.ca...pk=Spinpoint f3
DVD http://www.tigerdire...8414&CatId=1625
Motherboard http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16813131771
Graphics Card http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16814121424


Monitor http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16824236112
Windows 7 http://www.tigerdire...3932&CatId=4622

Everything went smoothly except my CPU cooler (I was planning on lots of overclocking) didn't fit because of the fan on the side of the case. I should probably take the fan out and use the CPU cooler right?

The only problem I have now is when I start the computer. About 3 seconds into the boot it shuts down, and about 1 second later the computer starts up again and works. Every time. It does not do this fs it was a restart; it ONLY does this when it's off and I turn it on. Also as I'm booting up, for a split second something comes on screen saying "no hard disk detected".

No alert light is on in the motherboard, and everything works great.

Nice to have you back.
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Hello,

Check for BIOS update to see if that helps the initial boot up issue.

For the "No Hard Disk Detected" message, it likely is just waiting on the hard drive to finish spinning up and be ready to respond to commands. As long as you can see it in the BIOS (and obviously can use it) this isn't a problem to worry about. Some BIOS will give you the option to add a delay to allow for detection of hard drives. Sometimes if I get this message in a build I set the timer for 1 or 2 seconds so that the end user (my customer) will not panic! :)

Cheers
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It is very good to be home.

Everything went smoothly except my CPU cooler (I was planning on lots of overclocking) didn't fit because of the fan on the side of the case. I should probably take the fan out and use the CPU cooler right?


that reads as though you have not installed any CPU heatsink and fan but are reallying on the side fan for cooling? if that is the case do not run the PC again until you have fixed this as you will quickly damage the processor.

TROY. your post was not showing before I uploaded mine.

Edited by iammykyl, 16 August 2011 - 09:45 PM.

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Yes, welcome home.

I did install the heatsink and fan that came with the CPU, don't worry.

But I had ordered a big Cooler Master heatsink and fan to place on the CPU instead, but that didn't fit because of that side fan. So I'm just using the one that came with the CPU.

I've used Asus' auto overclock feature and according to the asus software packaged with the mobo, I can now get over 4ghz. I ran the temperature monitor while playing Starcraft 2 maxed (biggest game I have so far) and the temp didn't rise above 70C. Am I safe to keep my current fans and heatsinks? Could I overclock it a touch more?

Troy: Thanks! I'll try that tomorrow. I'm glad it's nothing serious.
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Phew!!!

70C is starting to get a bit high so I would not attempt more overclocking.

Try disconnecting the side fan and play the game again, see if the temps drop.

On one of my PCs i found the side fan increased the temps as it interfered with the airflow.

If the temps do drop you could then remove the fan and install the Cooler Master. (cleaning off the old gunk on the CPU with Isopropyl alcohol and applying new thermal paste)









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70 is far too hot for my liking. Put all your overclocking back to standard defaults until you can get the better cooler in there.
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Hello. I'm sorry, I made a grave typo. I meant to say it never goes above 60C. I've just tested the game again for a more precise temp, and the hottest it got was 55. It idles in the 30s.

Also, this may sound stupid, but on the Asus website all I can download are .ROM files for drivers. I've installed drivers on other computers but I have no idea how to install ROM files. Thanks.
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The ROM file is for the BIOS update. You will need to download a program that lets you load the ROM file and then the program will take the ROM and flash the BIOS for you.

Looking up your motherboard it looks like there is a DOS-based option called BUPDATER. Have a look under BIOS-Utilities heading. I dare say how to use it will be covered in the manual.
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Phew!!!70C is starting to get a bit high so I would not attempt more overclocking.Try disconnecting the side fan and play the game again, see if the temps drop.On one of my PCs i found the side fan increased the temps as it interfered with the airflow.If the temps do drop you could then remove the fan and install the Cooler Master. (cleaning off the old gunk on the CPU with Isopropyl alcohol and applying new thermal paste)1


So I've taken out the side fan and am using the big Cooler Master Heat sink and Fan. SO far the temps have drooped a bit. I'll try overclocking again.


70 is far too hot for my liking. Put all your overclocking back to standard defaults until you can get the better cooler in there.


So I've updated the BOIS and Chipset drivers... and it works!

Thanks a lot guys. I think my computer's 100% now. I'll try to overclock it, that'll be the final test. Thanks again.
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T;hanks for the update,
If with the fan removed and air is being sucked into the case, you might try fashioning some sort of simple dust filter.
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