NOTICE: Do not reply after reading only this post, see the replies below as a few things have changed since the original inquiry.
Before I begin let me make the following known, my thread keeps sinking as I forget about it for months and I want to solve this problem for good this time, no matter what it takes. The first half of this post will be more technical information, I will explain better a bit later. This may end up to be quite a TL;DR so thank you to anyone who actually takes the time to help me solve this.
1. This computer was built by a company that no longer has a website, Realmcomputers.com if you've heard of them.
2. This PC has had issues since we first started it up... in fact we had to reset Cmos just to make it start up. They even screwed up a basic overclock of the i7 920. To this day, even a slight overclock will cause my system to auto-restart upon reaching the desktop.
3. I am an intermediate user at best, I know next to nothing about "memory timings", "voltage", or the intricate workings of BIOS.
4. I have followed driver uninstall and reinstall guides to the letter with next to no improvement at all, if any.
5. I finally broke down to the point of reformatting Windows to try and solve this problem and one now plaguing my Sound Card. This did not solve anything at all which leads me to suspect hardware issues now.
6. RMAing anything is out of the question. Like an idiot when I first went inside of the system to reset Cmos, I saw stickers on my Graphics cards and peeled them off. The company who made this system is not returning phone calls or emails so I have little to no luck in getting anything else checked, repaired, or replaced via RMA.
1. Large amounts of clipping and micro-stuttering. Occasionally there are artifacts or bad textures.
2. At random intervals while playing games, the screen will either freeze or go black. The last sound made will either loop or sound will continue normally. (People continue conversing over voice chat or I can still hear dynamic fighting in battlefield.) Some games can go for hours or days with out it, Battlefield, etc. While some others such as Team Fortress 2 ALWAYS encounter this issue multiple times throughout the day.
Motherboard: Evga 3x Sli (X58)
Processor: Intel i7 920 (stock at 2.66ghz)
Memory: 12gb Corsair XMS3 DDR3
Soundcard: Creative Soundblaster X-fi Titanium professional
Graphics: Dual GTX 285 2GB in sli (Running 197.45 drivers)
Hard-drive: Dual 300gb Western Digital Velociraptor in Raid 0
PSU: Corsair 1000w
OS: Windows 7 64bit (It is the upgrade edition mailed to me for purchasing this system with Windows Vista 64bit after a certain date.)
Before I explain let me ask you a question if you will. Does anyone else upon uninstalling drivers have Microsoft suddenly install something like "Microsoft Driver WDDM 1.1?" Before you ask, yes I am unplugged from the internet and yes I turned off ALL auto-updates in the device manager and windows update. This happens every time I ever try messing with my graphics driver. On that note, 197.45 is suggested to be the best driver for the 200 series cards, should I be using those?
As mentioned these issues have been going on for the last 2-3 years or so and nothing I've tried has fixed them. I've tried Reformatting, updating, reinstalling all sorts of drivers, updates, and software. I've even reseated hardware which did more harm than good. For instance, the first time I was in BIOS (being walked through by a technician on the phone,) I noticed my RAID controller. Long story short, eventually I was told to reseat my RAM. I did so and went back into the BIOS, my Raid controller was gone for no reason, totally vanished.
On another occasion I tried reseating my sound card to clear up an issue I was getting before. Upon putting it back in and starting the computer back up again, it was no longer recognized. After uninstalling and reinstalling it the disk for it no longer works and some drivers fail to install for it. On occassion it's own software won't recognize it and when it does, and I can use my mic, the sound of my voice will play back to me (even with playback / feedback off) and loop until it becomes a high pitched squeeling / pinging noise.
I don't know what more I can say as I am rather scatterbrained at the moment concerning all this and I better explain things when answering direct questions. If you can think of anything else to shed light on all this it would be appreciated. For the time being I'll leave you with last minute information concerning the cards.
Graphics Card final notes:
Idle temps: 40-50c depending on room temperature and/or dust build up
Load temps: 50-77c depending on above as well as the game. Ex: Crysis at max can bring me into the 70s.
Fan speed: ALWAYS running at between 80-100% while gaming and between 60-80% when just idling.
OCCT testing software: Once came back with over 20,000 errors
on my GPUs when testing in SLI, then again when testing one individually. More recently in the last few months there have been no errors either way.
One of my cards definitely has a hardware issue of some sort but I cannot remember which one. If it acts as my primary card (top slot) any game I enter will play, but will be artifacted and blue flickering all over the screen. Removing this card and using the other card that supposedly "works" has never solved or helped the issues at the very top of this post in any way.
Again, sorry for the TL;DR but thank you very much if you can help. Also, if you can think of any other information to add to this post or have any questions please ask. Hopefully I can determine what has been causing these problems and sort it out.
<message edited by Jagblade on Saturday, June 16, 2012 8:18 AM>