Originally Posted by jpitt42
What RAM are you using (brand & model)?
I am using OCZ 2 x 2GB PC10666 RAM ($79.99 after rebate, shipped).
After I posted on this thread yesterday, I decided to flash my BIOS, as it was four revisions behind. Bad idea. What was I thinking?
The new BIOS caused my Windows 7 installation to BSOD as it loaded IRQ resolution libraries. I rolled back to the old BIOS. Same thing.
I tried to repair Windows from the install disc. No dice. All I could do was a fresh reinstall. I did that after going back up to the new BIOS revision, so at least I don't have to do that again.
The machine was rock solid. But, the user introduced instability, in my case
FWIW, I paid $70 for my Gigabyte H55M-UD2H from Newegg. I am very impressed. I built this HTPC with the cheapest components possibe for a new-generation build. $70 mobo, $99 CPU, $80 RAM, $40 SATA drive, cheapo shoebox case, 4-year-old IDE DVDR drive. I have no idea if there's some compatibility problem with the i7 versus the i3.