Having Trouble with Statup on Homebrew

Hello everyone, I'm hoping someone can help me with this problem I'm having on a home built system I've put together.

The basics are

Asus M2N4-SLI Motherboard
AMD 3800 64 dual core processor
Nvidia GEForce 7600 GT

Whenever I start up the computer the light on the front starts red. The startup will continue normally, but eventually will just stall. The time that this happens varies, sometimes while on the BIOS loading screen, sometimes on the memory test, and sometimes on the cursor between the memory test and the bootup. I assumed that the problem was that the processor was overheating and shutting down, so I added more thermal paste. This prolonged the time the computer would stay open, at first it could make it all the way to almost opening windows, but whenever it was about to start windows it would stall. After I had tried restarting the computer over and over, it would stall earlier and earlier.

I am still assuming that the processor is overheating, and the only thing that I can think is that I need a better heatsink. However, before I go out and get another heatsink (I am using the one provided with the processor) I wanted to know if anyone had any idea of what else it could be. Also, the fact that the light is red makes me worry that perhaps there is something that I am missing. Thank you in advance!
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  1. Ah, sorry. I have

    2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 SDRAM PC2 6400 speed 5-5-5-12 RAM.
    As for the PSU, I forget the branding, however I know it is 350W.

    I had not assumed it was the RAM as the startup would stall occasionally before it would even get to the memory test. I could be, and probably am wrong about that, though.
  2. Brand of the RAM and PSU would help. NewEgg links are great, if possible.

    Thermal paste should be extremely thin. More only highers the temps..

  3. The link to the newegg RAM is:


    Unfortunately, I don't know the brand of the PSU, it's been a while since I bought it.
  4. Two problems, but both can be fixed.

    There is your problem. That OCZ RAM. It has compatibility issues with AM2 and even more compatibility issues with ASUS and even MORE issues with AM2 and ASUS.

    So, try this. Put in one stick. If it works, go to the BIOS. Bump the RAM voltage to 2.0V. Then put the other one in. That should fix it. If it doesn't work, contact OCZ. Believe they have a fix.

    Hmm..An old 350W PSU isn't very good for a new system. May have issues down the road, if not now. Take it from me: A bad PSU can commit homicide. It will kill other components if it dies. I've had it happen: :(

    Good luck!

  5. The power supply is an Allied/Apex Model AL-C350 ATX. The specs on the side look similar to the A350 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817154012[/here with the exception that the current column does not have the -5V column under "Current," the +5V under "voltage" reads at an output of 28A instead of 30, and the output under +12V under "current" is at 19A instead of 20.

    As for changing the voltage going to the RAM, I will attempt to do that and contact OCZ, although it looks as though that might just be a loss. Thank you for being so helpful.
  6. It isn't fatal, yet. I would get a new one when you get some extra cash. FSP is good, Antec, OCZ, etc...Check out the PSU guide mplich has..

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