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2010/09/07 10:39:28 (permalink)
Hey everyone,

I decided to make a new thread because the other one wasn't represenative of the title and topic anymore.
 
I've decided to put this system together:

Core i7 950 3.06Ghz
3x2GB DDR3 1600Mhz
EVGA E758 SLI Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188039
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115211
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145224

Will I have a CPU bottleneck with this setup? I dont know much about QPI. Does this processor support a high enough QPI?
post edited by DANNYGRANT826 - 2010/09/14 14:56:05
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    hellsteel
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    Re:New GTX480 SLI Setup 2010/09/07 10:49:35 (permalink)
    No you will not have a bottleneck, that setup is good.

    OC the cpu to 4ghz once you put a heatsink on it, and it will be smooth as butter.

    (the mobo and ram/cpu are all supported together, it will work fine btw.)
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    Re:New GTX480 SLI Setup 2010/09/07 10:55:42 (permalink)
    I forgot to ask if I would be able to OC the memory to 1600Mhz with the Core i7 950?

    I choose the i7 950 because of its recent price drop. The 960 is the exact same except for the speed but its not that much faster. Going up on the ladder I get to the Core i7 Extreme's which have a higher QPI.

    My main question is if I would get a bottleneck situation with the QPI since it is lower with the i7 950.
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    Re:New GTX480 SLI Setup 2010/09/07 11:57:36 (permalink)
    When you overclock an i7, you raise the BlK which in turn overclocks the QPI as well, So by taking you i7 950 to 4.0Ghz you will raise your QPI as well... Which will not be a bottle neck at all... Also you have memory dividers in bios settings that will allow you to run memory at or very close to spec of 1600mhz depending on your BlK setting... Hope this helps... When you get into it you will see how everything works... Use CPUz to check you QPI link speed. 

    For example: My i7 860 has a stock speed of 2.83Ghz w/ QPI link of 4.8 w/ a BlK of 133. When I overclock with a BlK set to 200 link speed is now 6.4 and core clock is 4.2Ghz.....  
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    Re:New GTX480 SLI Setup 2010/09/07 13:28:36 (permalink)
    Awsome. Well I'm going to order this then. Is there anything else I need? For example, will my current PSU that powers my socket 775 have the right shape to fit the power connector on the motherboard for 1366 processor?

    Do I need to do a OS reinstall when switching these parts out?
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    Re:New GTX480 SLI Setup 2010/09/07 15:49:30 (permalink)
    Yes generally you will need to reinstall windows with a new mobo.  You have different chipsets so you'll just get BSOD's tru=ying to use your current OS.   Don't know what PSU you have, but it will fit the power connector...you just need to make sure it has enough to power everything and 2 480's.
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    Re:New GTX480 SLI Setup 2010/09/14 09:57:53 (permalink)
    Hey everyone,

    I built my new comp yesterday but I'm having some problems. When I press the power button on the tower all the case fans spin for 1-2 seconds then everything turns off except for some lights on the motherboard.

    I unpluged the cpu power and then everything turned on fine. I replugged the cpu power and have the same problem.

    After turning the power supply switch on and off and trying to boot the comp it finally turned on and hasnt shut off since (about and hour). I'm installing windows right now.

    Any ideas about what is going on? Is my motherboard bad?
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    Re:New GTX480 SLI Setup 2010/09/14 10:11:34 (permalink)
    What PSU are you using?  Did you put 2 x 480s in there?

    Once you get windows installed, go back into the bios and set the board to defaults and restart back into the bios.  Then, set your memory voltage to 1.65 or whatever it's rated for and everything else on Auto volts for now.  Once you get everything setup in the OS and are confident that it's stable at stock clocks then you can start your OC adventure.

    Go to the X58 stickies and start to learn the X58/i7 OC world.
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    Re:New GTX480 SLI Setup 2010/09/14 10:58:40 (permalink)
    Also keep in mind that the E758 does a "Double boot" after you have unplugged the power, e.g. it starts once, then turns off and then starts normally again after a few seconds. This is normal behavior of this mobo.
     
    It wasn't clear in your post if i started again after a short while after the shutdown so i thought i would mention this............. 

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    Re:New GTX480 SLI Setup 2010/09/14 13:23:52 (permalink)
    Well alots happened in a few hours of tinkering.
     
    I have this 1200w PSU:
     
    http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&q=thermaltake+1200wat+psu+w0133&cid=9311311949000908287&ei=HNiPTKPAHqOI2QSm7LGuBg&sa=title&ved=0CAcQ8wIwADgA#p
     
    Right now I have only 1 ram stick installed and 1 8800gt graphics card in for simplicity. I removed the 480's because I want to rule them out.
     
    Windows installed successfully and I have a clearer picture to what is happening.
    1.) turn psu on (mobo lights up)
    2.) push button on case for power
    3.) powers up for 7 seconds with mobo code "fb - no idea what this is"
    4.) powers off for 3 seconds
    5.) powers on for the durration (2 screens quickly display message "no drives found") then windows boots.
     
    With the exception of the no drives found screen this sounds like the "dual boot" mentioned above. So I decided ok if this is normal operation I'll put everything back in. 3 sticks of ram, 2 gtx480's, power on and............nothing. the fans spun for a second then all stopped.
     
    I've tried going back to one stick of ram, the 8800, unpluging a replugging cpu power and mobo power connectors. I can't get the silly thing to start now. Any ideas?
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    Re:New GTX480 SLI Setup 2010/09/14 13:45:55 (permalink)
    Did you go into Bios and set your DIMM voltage to 1,65V and everything else on auto like YerBuddy suggested?
     
    Try each stick of RAM individually to rule a fawlty stick out, if all good ten do the same with your gpu's.
     
    Did you update the realtek network drivers through Windows update? they are known to cause SLI crashes and need to be deleted if you did.

    Good luck, hope you'll get it up and running soon.

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    Re:New GTX480 SLI Setup 2010/09/14 14:59:20 (permalink)
    I cant even get to BIOS because it wouldn't even power up.

    Well actually now I can.

    I switched out the RAM stick and then it started up. So I thought, oh great a bad RAM stick. So I put the "bad" stick back in to confirm. It started right up with the "bad" stick.

    **** is going on here LOL! I'll try adjusting that voltage now but shouldn't this stuff work right out the box anyways?!?
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    Re:New GTX480 SLI Setup 2010/09/14 15:21:53 (permalink)
    Should work fine really, have you tried/been able to try to update bios??? Maybe some updates that would help...
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    Re:New GTX480 SLI Setup 2010/09/14 15:41:50 (permalink)
    Check this out Intel Core i7-950 3.06GHz Processor $249.99 at Microcenter

    http://www.microcenter.co...tml?product_id=0346210
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    Re:New GTX480 SLI Setup 2010/09/14 16:10:03 (permalink)
    I have idea whats going on here. I'm starting to suspect a bad motherboard.

    Just a moment ago I did this:
    1.) Tried all 3 DIMMs ONE at a time (booted fine with each one)
    2.) Tried TWO DIMMs at a time (booted fine)
    3.) Tried THREE DIMMs and got the problem. Wont boot. No power.
    4.) Take the DIMM in the third slot out (booted fine)
    5.) Replaced the third slot DIMM with the second one to verify it is the DIMM slot that is bad and not the DIMM (booted fine)

    This test the voltage was set at the recommended 1.65v. The computer wouldn't boot with a memory stick in the number 3 DIMM slot. So I thought ok bad motherboard but I can still add my 480's now that I know what the problem is. I added the 480 (2 sticks in the mobo) powered on and...........nothing. It seems like any time I add one of the 480s things go from ****ed up to worse.

    I just want to find the faulty component already and RMA that POS!
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    Re:New GTX480 SLI Setup 2010/09/14 19:13:27 (permalink)
    Assuming you can get into the BIOS, load the defaults by pressing the little red button or taking out the battery for a while.  Put in one stick of ram and one of the GTX 480's.  Make sure you've got the 8 pin MB power connector plugged in as well as the 24 pin MB connector.  1200 watts should be plenty for your setup.

    What kind of CPU cooler are you using?  If they are are still using the old style, You won't be doing much overclocking with the stock cooler but it should run at stock speeds.  Make sure that is plugged into the correct outlet on the MB or it won't boot at all.

    When you first try to boot, make sure the defaults are loaded and then if you can get into the BIOS, change only the RAM voltage to 1.65 and set it to look for the video card in the PCIEx slot first.  Make sure that you have both 8 and 6 pin connectors on the GTX 480 and that it is fully seated in the slot and that you hear or see the little locking lever 'click' so that you know it's fully in.

    I'm not sure what kind of hard drive you're using, but make sure the boot drive is plugged into the #0 SATA plug, assuming it's SATA and not IDE.  Are you sure the SATA cable and the power connector to the HD are good?  Make sure your optical drive is plugged into one of the SATA ports and has power and is not connected to the red, external SATA plug.
     
    You say you saw some text on the screen saying it couldn't find any drives.  That's normal as it's looking for a RAID array. 
     
    It's possible you've got a BIOS chip with a bug in it.  If you can, download the latest BIOS for that board, burn an .iso image to a DVD and try flashing the BIOS first, as that DVD will be bootable.  Make sure you download the correct BIOS.  On second thought, make that one of the things you try later and probably you should ask EVGA support if they think you should try that.

    In the BIOS, make sure that you set the first boot device as the CD and then set the second as the HD.  Make sure you have the Windows OS disk in when you boot, because you will definitely have problems if your trying to boot from a disk that's looking for drivers from your old system.  Make sure that you've got only one HD in there, and especially make sure there are none that an have old operating systems on them.

    Yes..., you will have to reformat the drive and do a clean install.  I've heard of people having success using an old hard drive with a previous OS install on it, but that is just asking for trouble and instability later.

    You mentioned something about overclocking your memory to 1600 mhz, but it looks as though that's what you've bought.  You don't have to overclock it.  In my experience, speed of the memory will have the smallest effect on performance and your memory will work at lower speed settings.  I've also found that memory is probably the least 'overclockable' part of a computer.  If you raise the BClock, you may have to set your memory at a lower multiplier so that it doesn't overclock it too much.

    Have you got the memory in the correct slots?  There should have been a sticker on them showing which ones to use first.  Generally the first slot to use on these boards is not the one closest to the CPU, but is the second slot.  In the BIOS you may find that you have to set your memory speed manually instead of using the AUTO settings.  Those settings should be on the memory package or on the sticks themselves.  Set it so that memory control is enabled and set the clock speeds according to the memory literature.

    Do you get any 'beeps' from the board as it tries to boot?  You should only get one short beep about 10 seconds after you power on which indicates a good POST.  If you get one long beep that keeps repeating about every 8-10 seconds, the board isn't seeing the memory.  When I first bought my EVGA X58 Classified, I had bought OCZ memory.  Even though it was on the compatible list, it just would not boot at all with that memory.  I had to return it and bought Patriot memory of the same specs and that booted right up.

    Are you getting any codes on the readout while it tries to boot?  I'm not sure if that board has the jumpers to disable the PCIEx slots, but if it does, make sure that they are set to enable at least the first, long, X16 PCIEx slot.

    Before getting too angry and discouraged, call EVGA support and ask for help.  They are very interested in making sure their reputation stays good and that their customers are satisfied.

    Now, it just may be that you got a MB with some problem, but give EVGA a chance to help you.  (You did remember to register it, didn't you?)
    post edited by comrade - 2010/09/14 19:26:00

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    Re:New GTX480 SLI Setup 2010/09/14 20:01:09 (permalink)
    +1 on comrade's advice.  Make sure your PSU is on, then press the red bios reset on the back panel.  Then fire up the machine, go into bios, load defaults, and save.  Just make sure before you save make sure, under integrated peripherals, the HDD is set correctly (IDE or AHCI) for your particular hard drive.

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    Re:New GTX480 SLI Setup 2010/09/15 11:28:24 (permalink)
    Tried everything. Nothing fixes the problem. I talked to EVGA and my RMA for the board has been approved. It's a waiting game now. :(
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    Re:New GTX480 SLI Setup 2010/09/15 16:15:20 (permalink)
    I'm sure evga will cross ship for you if you pay the charge, then you won't have to wait but a few days.  Then you can test the board you receive before you send the other one back.

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    Re:New GTX480 SLI Setup 2010/09/26 15:15:51 (permalink)
    Hey everyone,
    Thanks to EVGA for a painless RMA. I'm back up and running!
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    Re:New GTX480 SLI Setup 2010/09/26 15:30:39 (permalink)
    Yeah EVGA rocks with RMA turnaround times, Glad to hear it's fired up again!
     
    Let us know how it goes.
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