I recently decided to upgrade my computer. I'm currently running an intel motherboard the DX48BT2 and a Core 2 E8500 and 4 GB of
OCZ Intel Extreme Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) OCZ3X13334GK
Pasting it in from neweggs site makes it look ugly sorry for that. So anyway.. I bought another 4 GB of the same RAM (because I got it running at 7-7-7-20 stable) bringing my total machine to 8GB of RAM. At the same time I upgraded my processor to a Q9650. My first problem began when my bios wouldn't even recognize the Q9650. After much troubleshooting I've RMA'd the processor and am waiting on a new one from NewEgg.
But the RAM I've installed has made my OS load like CRAP. I'm dead serious when I say the OS load time is atleast 20 - 30 seconds. The windows logo comes up and the little bar just keeps on scrollin across the screen. I'm running my old processor again and I have NO idea why this would happen. And unfortunately I can't find any info about it on the web.
It also makes my Unreal Tournament 3 run like crap. It's skippy when it used to be fluid. I've updated to the latest Nvidia drivers, and I've been running the latest bios on my computer. Released 2/17/09 from Intel.
What is even weirder is that everything is rated 5.9 except my processor which is now rated a 5.5 when it used to be a 5.7 (I just ran the test)
I haven't played around with this much yet, but I really don't want to loosen the RAM timings. It took me a lot to get it where it is now and this motherboard (DX48BT2) is so pissy when it comes to timings and voltages and booting I really don't want to mess with it again.
Another thing I noticed too.. (yeah a lot I know) Is that when my processor wouldn't recognize (Q9650) they told me to flash the bios again. Like to Re-flash it. I tried and failed. When I took off the jumper to boot into recovery mode I just sat staring at a blank screen. I put the .bio file onto a flash drive and plugged it in then nothing. No fail messages no nothing. Not even a flashing cursor. It's like I got no video but a black screen. Which leads me to believe that I can't even use 'recovery' mode on my motherboard. Unless I'm screwing something up I think it's broken.
Honestly I've always used Intel boards for their stability, but I'm pretty disappointed in this one. The IDCC doesn't even work and I'm still waiting on a fix for it. The IDCC is a big reason why I buy intel boards. I'm pretty sure this is my last intel board. It seems like Intel kinda threw this board on the back burner and went after its new baby the corei7 and x58 chipset.
That aside.. I thought maybe I need to reload the OS. I don't want to but maybe that has something to do with it. I've set my paging files properly .. Allowing like 9GB on one partition and 3.something on another drive.. I'm not sure why my computer and Unreal tournament would be performing so poorly. I guess the ultimate test is to take the ram out and test it then put it back in. But I did that once. And I think things went back to normal.
Has anyone else experienced anything like this? I'm having a hard time finding issues like it on the web.
I hope someone can shed some light on my problem(s)..