I really doubt that its the drives
Well, you could be right on that; however, the reason you gave is exactly what a drive that is failing will do. You did not detail how you set your OS up, but if you installed the boot files on the SSD, then it is involved in Windows as well as your main HDD for normal operations, installing, data, etc. Running the Seagate utility will take only about 10-15 minutes for the short test and is well worth it. By the way, I don't know if Seatools will check SSD drives or not, Seagate does not say that it won't (that I can see) so at this point I am not certain. Unplug the SSD and run Seatools on the HDD, then unplug the HDD and run it on the SSD. As I say, it only takes a few minutes.
>Memtest: you only have to run the utility through the check procedure one time, usually about 20" to half hour. At the bottom it will say words to the effect, "check complete, press escape to exit" or something like that. Running it multiple times is not necessary.
>If you have a separate video card, and if your board has integrated video (most do now), remove the video card, delete the video card drivers if you installed them and try to boot with integrated video only. That will check if the video card & drivers is crashing your system, this is a very common problem so be sure to check it out. This is covered in the tutorial that I linked you to.
Did you try booting into Safe Mode, and if so, what was the result?
And do you think it would still be drivers if the resets/crashes happen randomly?
[EDIT]: Sorry, I see that I didn't answer your question. Yes, definitely. When there are driver conflicts all rules are off; if you are lucky the computer crashes immediately so it's easier to trace. Many times it is random and that is harder to pinpoint.
>Is the unit still running stable on default BIOS settings? Does it crash all the time, or only when you tweak the BIOS?
>Recheck what BIOS settings you are attempting to change and if your memory supports those settings.
>Did you try to boot to safe mode, and what happened?
>Definitely do the video card test before anything else, and please post the result.
>One last question: what is the retailer's return policy on motherboards? If we cannot resolve this with normal testing, it might be best ot return/exchange the board before the return time limit expires. I have checked around and this board is getting excellent reviews, so if the components you are using are proper for this board you shouldn't be having these problems. This board is highly oveclockable and the BIOS/CMOS has the reputation of being very stable.
Edited by ranchhand1, 23 July 2013 - 02:47 PM.