Hey, I recently purchased all the parts to build my girlfriend a new PC. All parts were purchased as new, from Newegg. No refurbs.
For reference, the parts list:
- Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM
- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB Ram
- AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz
- Antec Earthwatts EA-650 Green 650W ATX12V v2.3
- ASUS M5A99FX Pro R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD with UEFI BIOS
- ASUS GtX650-E-2GD5 GeForce GTX 650 2GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0
- Rosewill Challenger ATX Mid Tower
So, this was all put together, and it came time to fire it up and install the OS. I had a copy of Win7pro SP1 on her Mac that I shuffled over to an 8gb flashdrive, at first using bootcamp to install a bootable copy of it.
Unfortunately, that didn't work. After some research, I discovered that it was because to operate on a mac, it had to be formatted to FAT32, and for a PC it had to be NTFS.
So I tried again, this time putting the .iso of Windows onto my flashdrive, not making it bootable. I borrowed a friend's laptop, put the .iso onto it, reformatted the flashdrive to NTFS and then made it bootable.
This worked, but I had a different issue of the PC not recognizing the HDD in it's case. After opening it, I found I had forgotten to plug it into the PSU, which made me feel like a right nob.
So then we tried again, to no success.
I also tried burning the .iso to a CD to try installing from there -- same problems.
I figured, maybe I ought to try installing an earlier version of Windows. One of my friends from the computer lab had an old WinXPSP1 CD, so I figured what the Hell and gave it a shot. The computer hated it, gave me a blue screen telling me if this was the first time I saw it I should restart (I'm sure y'all have seen that before. It's happened to me on other builds, but not often.)
So I put the XP disc down, and tried three different copies of Windows7. The ProSP1, an UltimateSP1, and I believe a Home edition as well. All of these were either burned from .iso's onto a bootable CD, or made bootable on a USB drive.
Right now, her father had done some finagling on it (A software engineer for a medical company), but we both had to leave town before we could finally fix this computer and get it operating properly.
So currently, my girlfriend is stuck with a ~700$ complicated toaster on her desk. It'll go past the BIOS and to the Windows flag screen, but there it hangs up and doesn't respond at all.
I'm thinking the next solution would be to buy a Win8 CD -- she gets a good deal from the bookstore, being a student. 20$ for Win8 Student edition or sommat.
Otherwise, I'm out of ideas and would love some external and constructive input.
Thanks for reading guys, hope y'all can help.