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As reported in this message[^], I had done a fresh install of Win8 onto my new SSD.
Well after about 48 Hours of continuous folding on both the GPU and CPU the machine hasn't died.
So it looks like the previous crashes (after 20-30 seconds of GPU on full load) were a software glitch, and not a GPU card or PSU or other hardware fault that I had begun to suspect (well convinced it was hardware more like)!
Well at least it's OK now?
When I rebuilt my machine I had a bad mobo and a bad memory stick that just about caused me to lose the rest of my hair and I used a number of stress programs; Prime95, Orthos (I think) and some others but it's been a long time and I don't remember all that I used but the point is they really helped me reach a level of frustration I had never felt and fixed my unit.
What size SSD are you using and how did you configure it? I'm looking to get maybe 128GB to start with, just to run the OS and important stuff off, but I'm starting to wonder how to set things up between it and the HDD, especially for a recovery scenario where the SSD moves on the drive bay in the sky, and I want to revert to booting off my HDD.
Just installed it as the primary drive and installed everything as normal. Then plugged in the HDD that had all the data on it, reconfigured the page file to use the HDD, then copied all the My Documents etc. back across to the SSD as a temporary measure.
I am planning on shifting the My Documents back across to the HDD and/or move to my NAS. (Once I was happy I copied everything I needed across, reformatted the HDD to remove the original partition and the hidden system partitions created when windows was installed on it originally). After reformatting, rejigged the drive names to re-order the hdd and dvd drives.
So far it is great and windows 8 isn't that bad once you get used to them moving stuff around etc.