Right, i have endless problems always coming down to my mothorboard.
My motherboard is a GA-965p-s3 and i am currently running it with a e6320 at 1.86 ghz. I used to have it overclocked, but since installed (and then removing) a USB expansion card it refuses to be overclocked OR underclocked - it just won't boot unless it's 1.86ghz.
I just bought a nice new e8400 (3ghz 45nm processor) and updated the bios so it supports 45nm, lovely! Doesn't boot though, the fans come on but thats all. I also tried my friends Q6600 which boots for about 10 seconds then shuts down - and only runs at 2.1ghz instead of 2.4.
Any ideas? I've emailed Gigabyte before and they have the worst tech support ever, they can't fix anything. I've just emailed them again and awaiting reply.
It's almost certainly the motherboard, and from what you say, I'm wondering if the bios update was corrupted. Try reloading the update, and if that doesn't work, try reloading an older version. If that doesn't work... is it still under warrantee?
Well i updated the BIOS by jumping up one or two steps at a time, and each one seemed fine so im not sure its the actual BIOS. I'm currently contacting Gigabyte but they really like avoiding the point and asking me pointless questions.
a) It supports a 1600fsb, which at this point is just overclocking but eventually will become standard.
b) 6 240-pin slots, all of which support DDR3. That means when any decent computer is expected to have 32GB of DDR3 memory, your motherboard won't have any trouble.
c) Plenty of 3GB SATA slots for RAID configurations if wanted
d) E-Sata port-a technology that will probably be a lot more common in the near future.
e) Internal wi-fi. Enough said
f) It's just a good board. It works well and it works fast. It's future proof and it's not ridiculously expensive.