Just installed new PSU and graphics card and now my PC shuts off whilst starting windows

Hi all, I just installed a new PSU (XFX 550 Core Edition) and a new graphics card (Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 from Zotac) and after doing so my PC shuts down after displaying the Windows 7 start up screen. You should know that I needed to remove one of my HDDs and unplug my 2 CD/DVD drives in order to make space for the card and therefore the current HDD is plugged in where one of the CD/DVD drives used to be positioned. My motherboard is the Inspiron 545 for what it's worth.

http://
This is the graphics card

http://i.imgur.com/CeQowtY.jpg
This is the PSU

http://i.imgur.com/7RYme4r.jpg?1?8271
The 3 SATA connections here are the ones which I unplugged 2 CD/DVD drives from and one hard drive. The hard drives were originally connected in the blue and black connections beneath the graphics card, but evidently this is not possible so I changed my C drive to use the longer orange SATA cable to get over the card.

I'm not so worried about having to take out the CD/DVD Drives or hard drive as I wouldn't mind using external versions of the two, although I know at least one of the internal HDDs is required. My problem is that when I start up the PC, it gets to the 'Windows is starting' screen and by the end of the Windows 7 animation, the fan gets increasingly louder and then the computer just stops.

Thanks
7 answers Last reply
More about installed psu graphics card shuts whilst starting windows
  1. Hi,
    Does it load Windows in safe mode?
  2. Go into bios and redo your boot order. Windows is looking for your hdd on a sata connection that you disabled. Select the hdd that contains your os and reboot.

    Edit: Or, move the orange sata cable to the usb controller you originally used.

    Mark
  3. Sorry for the double post, but the links didn't work and I can't edit them for some reason so here they are again:

    Link
    This is the graphics card

    Link
    This is the PSU

    Link
    The 3 SATA connections here are the ones which I unplugged 2 CD/DVD drives from and one hard drive. The hard drives were originally connected in the blue and black connections beneath the graphics card, but evidently this is not possible so I changed my C drive to use the longer orange SATA cable to get over the card.
  4. alexoiu said:
    Hi,
    Does it load Windows in safe mode?


    I doubt it, I just tried to go into BIOS to do what Mark recommended and the fan spun up very quickly - I don't want to mess anything up though so I'm a bit weary to keep it on like that with the fan going so heavy though.
    EDIT:
    Just tried to run in safe mode and it said about launch windows to repair files, I left it for a few seconds to hear the fan and then it said 'Loading windows files' and then the PC cut out.
  5. If you used an ATI card, then the driver might be the issue. That's why I suggested starting in safe mode.
  6. I just tried taking out the GTX 680 and using my GT 220 with the new PSU and the same connection setup and it got to the windows 7 loading screen (blue one) and said please wait and then cut out. I am going to put my PC back in its regular configuration with the new PSU and see what happens and then from there determine if it perhaps is a problem with it.
  7. SOLUTION: My problem was the CPU heat sink was not screwed in tight enough, after doing so the PC works fine.
Ask a new question

Read More

Hard Drives DVD Drives Windows CD-Rom XFX Components Graphics Cards