I bought a new PC for Vista this month. Here’s what I got:
- CPU Intel Core2 Duo E6600 2×2.4GHz TRAY 4MB
- ASUS P5N32-E SLI nForce680i SLI
- 2x 2048MB Corsair PC2-800 CL5 KIT TWIN2X2048
- Coolermaster Mystique RC631 Black ALU o.N
- 500W Enermax Liberty ELT500AWT
- Zalman CNPS 9500 AT
- 2x WD SE16 250GB WD2500KS 7200U/m 16MB
- ASUS (R) 8800GTS 640MB 2xDVI/TV
- Creative (B) X-Fi Xtreme Gamer
I put everything together, started up the PC and was introduced to a freezing/reboot hell. At first it looked like the RAM didn’t work that well with the motherboard, so I changed them. Thing’s were still not stable at all. I upgraded the bios to the latest beta bios (successfully) and BAWM.. that was the end of it. Just a black screen, no booting up anymore. Lots of people are reporting that they have got big problems with nForce680i Chipsets. I’ve sent the board back for a repair now.
In the meantime I got myself the Abit AB9 QuadGT with Intel Chipset. I put everything together yesterday and it’s running very smooth without ANY problems. Intel is the way to go.
nForce is really bogus, I wouldn’t recommend it anymore. Nvidia does great gfx cards but the mainboard chipsets are just horrible.
However, finally I’m setup with Vista, .NET 3.0 and all the other new shiny stuff 🙂