Can't get my PC to work

Gigabyte Mb ga-880gm-ud2h amd am3 6core...
September 24, 2010 at 08:04:32
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, 2.8 GHz / 4080 MB
I recently bought a new PC since my laptop was getting kinda old, here are the new specs:

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H link
CPU: AMD Phenom II x6 1055T 2.8Ghz link
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) link
ATX: Eagle 550-Watt 12V Power Supply link
HD: Seagate 7200 Barracuda 1.5TB, 7200RPM, 32MB Cache, SATA-3G link

After assembling everything in it's place, it asked my to recognize the HHD as ACHI I accepted, I got in to the BIOS, checked if the clocking was right for my RAM, the MOBO needed a 1.5v RAM as stated in the link provided, but in the BIOS it's showing the voltage at 1.6v and i can't reduce it. Set it at 1600Mhz.

I checked if my SATA HHD appeared in the BIOS and yes it does, as well as my IDE RW+/DVD, now I saved everything and went to install Windows, but the problem started right away, it didn't boot from the CD-ROM... after playing around with the BIOS i finally got it to boot, but i noticed it was really really slow, even my Intel Core2Duo 1.6GHz was running the installation of Windows Vista faster, it restarted as usual to finish the installation, continued booting from the SATA HHD now and it was finishing the installation but it gets frozen every single time, in the last screen where it says completing the installation and if i restart it, it just tells me I need to run the installation again.

I don't know what to do, I've been checking the clocking speed and stuff but it's driving me crazy!! it gets frozen every time and it's really slow assuming the 5 cores the bios recognize are working.

I assume something wrong is within the BIOS, but I honestly don't know what else to do, please help!!!

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September 24, 2010 at 08:44:56
The power supply is a low end piece of crap. I'll never understand why people are willing to throw gobs of money at a motherboard, CPU, RAM, HDD, etc, then try to power it all with $20 PSU.

Post your CPU temp.

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September 24, 2010 at 09:08:19
some people think any psu can power any system. Iam sure he can afford quality psu like Rosewill green series RG630-S12 630W for $60 (
And it wouldn't hurt to install a decent v-card.

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September 24, 2010 at 10:19:28
Okay I never thought this could be the problem, but:

Current System Temperature: 39C
Current CPU Temperature: 42C

It's been on a while, just in the BIOS, since I can't do anything else there.

I again re-checked everything, the RAM voltage still worries me, can you tell me if it's normal for a 1.5v RAM and a 1.5v MOBO to be running at 1.6v?

Between which temp should it normally be? please if the PSU is the reason, can you suggest me more PSUs that might work with it, I'm willing to spend to make sure it runs :) Thanks!!

Edit: Yes, kuwese, I've been thinking about a video card, if you guys could suggest me one would be great too. Thanks in advance!!

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September 24, 2010 at 10:50:48
temps are fine. Are u sure u can't change ram voltage?. Did u configure other settings (timings) according to manufacture specification? Try to run memtest.

Video cards: nvidia 460gtx or 450gts.

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September 24, 2010 at 13:30:14
I can't run memtest because I haven't even finished the installation of Vista.

Now, things to note:

1. The ACC is disabled.
2. The CPU Clock ratio was at 3300Mhz, I changed it at 2800Mhz.
3. The CPU NorthBridge Freq. is 2000Mhz (must be the same or more as HT Link Freq.)
4. The HT Link Width is set to Auto, options are 8-bit and 16-bit.
5. The HT Link Freq. is at 2000Mhz even though the MOBO runs till 5200 MT/s = 2,600Mhz, I can't set this at 2600, 2000 is the maximum (x10)
6. Memory Clock is 1600Mhz, which is the max (x8)

Now in the DRAM configuration:
It's Ungaged and manually it's at:

I had the rams in the slots 1 and 2 and reviewing the manual it says for Dual Channel it's 1 and 3, so I fixed this.

The Trfc is set as follows:
Trfc0 for DIMM 1: 110m
Trfc2 for DIMM 2: 90m
Trfc1 for DIMM 3: 110m
Trfc4 for DIMM 4: 90m

It all looks good for me till here, but:

DDR3 Voltage Control: Normal (1.6v); Options are: from +0.050v to +0.750v
Looks like I can't set it to be at 1.5v because I can't reduce it.

The CPU voltage control is at 1.4v and I can increase and reduce it, but that doesn't affect the RAM.

My God, after setting it as described above, it finally finished installing Windows Vista without freezing, Vista Recognizes 2.98Gb of Ram, the PC takes time to get into the Vista Screen in the Start-up, after that Vista is running fast.

I'm installing the drivers of the MOBO right now, after that I'm going to run the memtest to see what happens. Thanks!

EDIT: Should I change the PSU anyways??

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September 24, 2010 at 14:10:41
Memtest runs from a bootable floppy or CD.
It has nothing to do with the operating system and can be run without a harddrive connected.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

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September 24, 2010 at 14:25:58
You're supposed to run memtest BEFORE you install the OS. It runs directly from a CD or floppy. It's pointless to install Windows if the RAM is bad, you'll just end up with a botched installation.

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September 24, 2010 at 22:35:32
Since u plan to buy a v-card u should also buy a quality psu, after all u have high end system from amd.

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September 26, 2010 at 15:47:39
I ended up installing Win7 and it's working like a charm.
Thanks guys!

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