Hey everyone, I'm new to the forum and come to you in desperation. I'm hoping that someone on the forum can help. My apologies in advance cause this is going to be long. I'll start by giving my computer info:
ASUS P5K MoBo
Core 2 Duo E6750 2.66 GHz, 4MB L2 cache, 1333 MHz FSB
2 gigs Patriot DDR2 RAM, PC2-8500 1066 MHz 5-5-5-9, 2.3V (oringinal RAM)
2 gigs OCZ Fatality DDR2 RAM, PC-8500 1066 MHz 5-5-5-9 2.3V (upgraded RAM)
Geforce 8800GTS, 320 MB DDR3
Antec 500W PSU
Sound Blaster XFi Extreme Audio
Seagate HD, 320 GB (forget the specifics)
WD external HD, 1 TB (eSATA connected with its own dedicated power supply)
+Wireless adapter, DVDrom
It all started when my computer started to slow down and operate below standards. I decided to reformat the computer and do a little upgrading. I bought a new WD external hard drive to transfer and back up all my files/folders and 2 gigs of OCZ ram to keep up with evolving and more demanding programs. The first thing I ran and installed was the new hard drive to transfer everything over. I noticed the computer slowed down and acted quite weird while doing so but didn't think much of it or care cause I figured the reformat would take care of everything.
Anyways, I reformatted the computer and everything went smoothly; no error messages. I reinstalled all the drivers for the MoBo, sound card, graphics card etc. along with the new RAM. Things started to go wonky. WoW wouldn't play at the highest settings anymore and more importantly the computer began to decide to shut itself off randomly. Then when I tried to reboot the computer it would start up, fans would start spinning, then everything would shut down almost immediately before posting. The problem would some how fix itself when I would open the computer up and fiddle around with the wires and make sure everything was seated. The computer would boot but bring me to a black screen that said " Overclocking Failed. Press F1 to load setup. Press F2 to load default values and continue." even though I have NEVER tried to overclock anything. None of the options would work, I would restart and the computer would start normally. However, the computer would randomly shut itself off sometime after that. This cycled about 6-8 times randomly over a week before finally, tonight, it shut off and fiddling the wires would help none at all. I took all RAM out but 1 piece to see what would happen and the computer booted up no problem.
A few things came to mind about what the problem could be:
A) My power supply is insufficient and whenever a piece of hardware or two tries to draw more power it goes bye bye.
Faulty piece of RAM; I tried every piece of RAM in slot 1 and they all worked. I also tried a single piece of RAM in every slot and it all worked.
C) Incompatibility with RAM; although the sales rep who sold me the RAM said i would have no issues with the 2 name brands.
I was wondering if anyone else has come across a similar problem or if anyone knows what the problem might be. I'm personally thinking its an insufficient power supply. I knew I was walking the line with this PSU because the graphics cards requires a minimum 400W supply so now I'm curious if I really pushed it over the edge with the new RAM or if its some other hardware problem. All I want is my computer to run properly and to use my graphics card to its max potential like I used to be able to. I would like to hear what everyone thinks and recommends before I act on a solution. Thank you very much.