Windows Setup could not configure Windows on this computer’s hardware - After new ssd install

A little backstory to my issue. About a month ago, I installed a Samsung 840 SSD (the older version) into my desktop, without a hitch, and was running Windows 7, amongst other programs off of it. A few days ago, the computer froze completely, I rebooted, only to find a message saying something to the effect of, "An operating system was not found on any drive." Strange I thought, so I went into the bios and noticed that it was not recognizing my SSD any more, but was still recognizing the other hard drives, CD drive, etc. So I tried a few other SATA cables, and to no avail. Even tried power cycling the drive, but ultimately determined that it was dead. So I brought it back to the brick and mortar store that I bought it from and exchanged it for a Samsung 840 Evo (newer version) SSD that was on sale for the same price that I had bought the old one for a month before.

I installed the new SSD the same way that I had installed the older one, and after Windows 7 was nearly done installing I got an error saying "Windows Setup could not configure Windows on this computer’s hardware" and the fans all started ramping up and sounding like a jet engine. Also strange, was that the monitor had random RGB pixels that kept multiplying like a slow virus immediately after the message popped up. I thought it might be an issue with the bios not being updated, so I flashed the latest version, but still got the same message. I thought maybe my bios settings switched from AHCI to IDE somehow, but upon checking, they were the same AHCI settings that they were when I was running the older SSD.

I'm doing a clean install of Windows 7 from a USB drive, which is the same thing that I did with the first, older SSD. Anybody have any idea what the problem could possibly be? I have an older mobo/processor, and am wondering if now is the time to upgrade, or if this issue can be resolved.

Mobo - Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD4P
CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition Deneb 3.0GHz
Video Card - EVGA 512-P3-N973-TR GeForce 9800 GT
Ram - Crucial 4GB Kit (2GBx2) DDR2 (PC2-6400)
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  1. Things you can try :

    1. Try IDE mode instead of AHCI

    2. Try a bootable DVD instead of USB.

    3. Turn-off your internet connection while installing OS.

    4. You may have to update the SSD's firmware.
  2. Unfortuantely, none of the above solutions worked. Could it be an issue with the video card, or video card drivers? I ask because of the strange RGB pixels that come up and multiply as the error pops up.

    I even tried installing on a different SSD, and a standard hard drive, and get the same error.
  3. Best answer
    It could be the GPU, but it more looks like MB problem. Anyways try another GPU or on-board graphics (VGA/DVI) if you have any, if the problem persists, then it can be the MB.

    And try another PSU, it could also be the problem.
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