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HELP - Installed new Power Supply, RAM, and Graphics


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#1 benji0

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Posted 30 January 2011 - 11:46 AM

I installed these 2.5 months ago:

RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820144157&cm_re=DDR2_SDRAM-_-20-144-157-_-Product
Graphics - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130378&cm_re=evga_9500gt-_-14-130-378-_-Product
Power Supply - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371029

And since then, my computer occasionaly goes dead, then immediately restarts. It has also given me a BSOD twice.

This seems to happen EXCLUSIVELY when I am browsing the internet - it never interrupts me when I am gaming. I can be playing Team Fortress 2 for HOURS, then go to yahoo! where it will almost surely die.

I am able to bypass this if I put a song on loop in the background. While windows media player is running an MP3, the computer will not shut down, but moments after closing WMP, it will likely die.

I should explain the order in which I installed everything -
First, I installed the power supply. In order to see if it was working properly, I did not install anything else until three days later.
After those few days, I installed the RAM. After running with the RAM for a few hours, it died for the first time.
Lastly, I installed the graphics card.

Given that information, it could be either the RAM or the power supply, though plugging in the RAM seemed to trigger the shut down.

When explaining the steps, let's assume that I'm a newb with computers.

Thank you very much,
Ben

Edited by benji0, 30 January 2011 - 11:46 AM.


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#2 Dmacf10

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Posted 30 January 2011 - 12:15 PM

You need to check you memory for problems.Try running memtest86, download the iso from here http://www.memtest86.com/ then burn to a cd a boot from it.

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Posted 30 January 2011 - 05:24 PM

I ran it for 15 minutes until it said "Pass Complete, no errors." Should I run it overnight or something?

I very well could have installed the power supply improperly, as I really didn't know what I was doing. Otherwise, the power supply could just be defective.

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Posted 30 January 2011 - 06:13 PM

For reference: Memtest86+ Guide-How To's - Overclockers Forums - http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=409152 .

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 10:07 AM

I ran it for 8 hours, it passed 12 times.

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 09:46 PM

Did you make sure to get your graphics card drivers from Nvidia's website rather than use the supplied CD? The card you have is about a year old so Nvidia may have a new/better driver released than what you have on the supplied installation media.

use this link to check for a new driver...
http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 01:21 PM

Yes, I did; and besides, I already knew the problem was not with the graphics card.

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 02:44 PM

Going by my own experience of the last few weeks.Like you I had the same problems. My differences being a higher grade graphics card. I suspect it could be your PSU.
I had a Corsair 500w. When I changed it for a Antec 650w everything worked perfectly.




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