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msi x58 platinum mb w/ Nvidea sli

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#1 Ol'Dane


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Posted 03 February 2011 - 06:58 PM

I am a newbie at this computer hardware stuff so please bare with me.
I purchased a computer some time ago that has been plagued with random freezing an crashing issues.
Here are the stats:
Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
650 watt power
MSI X58 Platinum motherboard
Triple channel DDR 3-1333
12 gig ram
(2) NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT 512MB w/ SLI bridge

My computer either freezes up or just reboots randomly and frequently. Sometimes it will take 2 or 3 days, other times it will happen right after start-up. Generally it seems to be related to copy-clipping or scrolling although eventually it will happen even if I don't ever touch anything. I have checked the event viewer and it is not keeping logs, but it is set to keep logs. The viewer just tells me that there was an unexpected shut down.I have used windows memory diagnostic tool to check each of the ram (cards?) individually and they all test fine.
I have researched and checked my cpu temp and fan speed, I checked for overclocking (which it should be able to do anyway) and everything is spot on with what it should be. I used CCleaner to clean my registry and I've had an outside specialist verify that I have no viruses.
Recently I was researching my motherboard and noticed that it only works with two videocards if they are crossfire compatible. The cards on my motherboard are NVIDEA and as such use SLI. My "stats" page that I refer to says: Graphics Description - PCI Express Video Card SLI mode.
Does this mean that you can change "modes" somehow on a motherboard that normally doesn't accept SLI bridged cards so that it will accept them?
If this motherboard is not intended to use NVIDEA cards with SLI bridging, would it work at all? Could it take days to cause it to crash?

Sorry for the lengthy explaination
Hope someone can help.

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#2 dpunisher


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Posted 03 February 2011 - 08:18 PM

To be truthful, it is one of the more problem prone X58 boards.

All X58 boards are SLI certified.


What are the specs/model of power supply?
What are the specs/make of RAM? What is the RAM/CPU/QPI voltage at? Are RAM timings set correctly? Have you tried running system with only one stick to see if reboots stop? Just because RAM passes software tests, doesn't mean it can't cause a reboot problem.
I can't tell from your post, is it overclocked?

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