I bought all the parts and put together a PC recently: here are the specs:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 LGA775 'Yorkfield' 2.33GHz 4MB-cache (1333FSB) Processor
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI/HDMI (PCI-Express)
Corsair XMS2 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 PC2-8500C5 TwinX Dual Channel (TWIN2X4096-8500C5C)
Gigabyte GA-EP31-DS3L Intel P31 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM (ST3500418AS)
Sony Optiarc AD-5240S 24x DVD±RW SATA Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - OEM
Coolermaster 460W eXtreme Power Plus PSU - 20+4pin 4+4 ATX12v 4x SATA 6pin PCI-E
I'm trying to run it in Windows 7 ultimate-64 bit. Unfortunately it was unstable.
Started off with boot issues as voltage to RAM was too low-so set RAM voltage to auto on BIOS. This ran fine for usual operation until about 2 hours where comp would crash, also high demand task would cause crash. Three times one stick of RAM was damage by crash and subsequently replaced under warranty- with the issue looking like OEM problem! Not likely.
Got fed up with crashes and instability so tried installing 32-bit windows 7. Still unstable but less so. Finally tried dropping the voltage to the RAM back down on BIOS(to 1.1V). The computer will now not output video on start up-no access to BIOS!!!
Upon powering up the mb lights-up (one 'on' red LED and 4 red, yellow, green green LEDs by the RAM) and the graphics card has power.
How do I get my PC back, how do I get stability and is the answer get a better motherboard and set the voltage to 1.8 and not put it on auto voltage!?!