Having trouble with Windows 8 (first homebuilt computer)

First of all, I want to apologize if this is the wrong forum for this kind of thread. If it is, I hope one of the moderators will move this to the appropriate location.

Anywho, I am currently building my first computer. Here is a run down of the specs of what it has:

Asrock Z87 extreme6 LGA 1150 Intel
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR3 1600
ASUS GTX660 GeForce PCI Express SLI Support
Intel Core I7 4770K 3.5 GHz LGA 1150

Now on to the problem I've been experiencing. I have a Windows 8 CD which I've had in the DVD drive. I have the BIOS boot priority set to the DVD drive. Once I boot up, it goes to the windows splash screen logo as it should, but after that it goes completely black. I've let it sit for quite a while and nothing happens. It will sometimes reboot infrequently (not consistently) and always goes back to the black screen after the logo appears.

I have tried booting from a flash drive as well, same result. I tried putting Windows XP on it, which gave me an error code. I have tried all sorts of things I've seen suggested online, including taking some of the RAM out as well as trying to install it on the different hard drives.

I would really appreciate any tips or advice you guys would be willing to give me. Thank you so much!

UPDATE:: Just tried installing XP, in hopes that it would work and then update that to Windows 8, and xp on install gives me an error.
The Technical Information:
*** STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF78D2524, 0xC00000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)
Above this the blue screen says that I should check for viruses on my cmoputer. remove any newly installed hard drives/controlers...ect...
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  1. make sure the mb bios is up to date. in the bios make sure xmp profile for the ram is turned on. under primany display set the peg/pci as first. with intel mb with ipgpu they can post from one or the other if the bios is not set right then fall over to the onboard video. with your gpu check that it has all of the power plugs connected and the mb has it 8 pin power plug connected. if the video card is working fine and the bios is set right the video should not fall over to the onboard video. if it is remove the gpu and install windows from the onboard gpu then with all the drivers installed check that the gpu is fine.
  2. newer hard drives use 4k byte formating. windows xp looks for 512 byte formating for hard drives. some drives need to be reformated with 3 party tools for xp to install right. also with newer x8x chipset you need to do a f6 custom driver install to get windows xp to run right on the newer chipset mb. the windows installer does not have the newest drivers.
  3. also if the windows 8cd is a copy or one that been torrented it can have a virus on it or not work right. if you have to download from digital rivers a known good copy of windows iso images.
  4. smorizio said:
    make sure the mb bios is up to date. in the bios make sure xmp profile for the ram is turned on. under primany display set the peg/pci as first. with intel mb with ipgpu they can post from one or the other if the bios is not set right then fall over to the onboard video. with your gpu check that it has all of the power plugs connected and the mb has it 8 pin power plug connected. if the video card is working fine and the bios is set right the video should not fall over to the onboard video. if it is remove the gpu and install windows from the onboard gpu then with all the drivers installed check that the gpu is fine.


    Ok, so I updated the BIOS from the Asrock website and followed the installation guide. The only XMP information that I found was to overclock it, so I left that on auto. I also removed the GPU. Still nothing.
  5. take out all the ram but one dimm. in the bios change the ram speed from 1600 to 1333. that the slowest speed that most ram will run. if with the gpu out and the bios having the primany display set to auto/ipgpu. if the windows 8 cd is good and the cpu video part of the cpu is working fine then windows should install. things that may make windows install fail..check that the sata ports set to achi mode and under boot...some efi bios have secure boot feature. sometimes this needs to be off for the windows 8 installer to work right.
  6. smorizio said:
    take out all the ram but one dimm. in the bios change the ram speed from 1600 to 1333. that the slowest speed that most ram will run. if with the gpu out and the bios having the primany display set to auto/ipgpu. if the windows 8 cd is good and the cpu video part of the cpu is working fine then windows should install. things that may make windows install fail..check that the sata ports set to achi mode and under boot...some efi bios have secure boot feature. sometimes this needs to be off for the windows 8 installer to work right.


    Ok so I did all that and made sure all that was set, still nothing. I'm at a complete loss on what to think about this!
  7. if it not a video card issue it can be a monitor or monitor cable issue. if your monitor is old or a tv it may not be set right or cant display the video output from the mb when this happens the monitor will blank out. it will also happen some time with some cheap hdmi cables. if your mb has dvi or vga port see if those ports with the right cables to your monitor will work.
  8. smorizio said:
    if it not a video card issue it can be a monitor or monitor cable issue. if your monitor is old or a tv it may not be set right or cant display the video output from the mb when this happens the monitor will blank out. it will also happen some time with some cheap hdmi cables. if your mb has dvi or vga port see if those ports with the right cables to your monitor will work.


    So I was using a dvi cord to a couple of different monitors, and I just used an hdmi cord to my TV. Still nothing. Keeps going black right after the initial windows logo.
  9. Here is a video of what is going on. If there is no video, change the resolution to 240p. http://youtu.be/ZCcJGea_hSc?t=4s
  10. Ok so somehow I got Windows 8 to start installing. What I did was remove all of the hard drives except for one and tried installing it one at a time with only one hard drive. The first one didn't work, but the second one did. Not sure what that's all about.
  11. the drive that did not want to work...bad drive the controller failed and when it did it hung the sata bus.
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