Firstly, thanks for all the info I got from here recently. There's quite a few very knowledgeable people here, they'd know who they are.....
I've been checking this and some other forums for a while now, while considering a plunge for a good workstation type of a pc.
No wonder then I got hooked on an Intel's Skulltrail "thing" with promise of 8-core computational bliss.
Basically, as you can see from my sig, I splashed my hard earned and then some...and got myself into Phase 1 of building a 3D/visualisation machine.
All was well after putting all parts together, it booted....installed Vista Ultimate 64...then all latest drivers.
No settings changed in BIOS, no overclock, absolutely nothing apart from AHCI support for SATA HD for obvious reason.
Had it running for couple of hours, just checking things.
Then I decided to update Vista....autoupdate found 66 to do. All done. Had to restart. Done.
Ran some benches, all went fine....had to go to work, so shut it down.
Came back, installed Crysis to see how it looks. Had a warning to install update http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=940105 . Done that...
Started Crysis, tried settings and see the cursor is not able to point to buttons to change the settings (???) but if I move the cursor
diagonaly across away from buttons I see I'm able to highlight them.
Select Quit....and then nothing....system shuts down.
Then I hit the power button, and I see the 'smoke at the end of the tunnel'....actually, case...
Smoke came out between CPU 0 and MCH, know this for sure, as I was sitting dead () in front of it.
Dead? I've pulled it apart, and see no obvious marks on cpus, sockets, mobo. And no, I haven't touched that heatsink on Northbridge, as I'd want to be able to RMA it if needs be.
I am lost for words......I have put together a few rigs until 2 years ago, haven't done any since.
Now, I don't have any other similar PCs to check if it's CPU(s) or whatever.....
If somebody could share a couple of pointers as how to troubleshoot this mess, I'd be very grateful.
Alternatively, I'll just send it back and pretend it was DOA and hope for the best.