built a new system,am having a freezing problem (noob, 1st build)

ok so just bought a new rig, bought all the components from newegg they shipped here i put them together, and everything is working fine, except, while playing games or sumtimes just randomely usually happens around 2-4 times a day, it will just freeze, totally lock up with whatever sound that was playing just repeating really loudly, and.. i dont know what to do, i used the disk drivers for my mobo and i have the latest drivers for my graphics card (just downloaded new ones today, so i dont think its those) but one of the last times it froze, i prolly should saved it but, it gave me sum mesege saying it had sumthing to do with my drivers, but im not really sure, im downloading new drivers for my mobo as we speak and ill see if those work, but do u guys have any other suggstions? they would be greeatly appreciated, thanks a lot

heres my specs,

mobo (core 2 duo compatible): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813128044

hard drive (250 gigs): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822144701
(cant find my g card on new egg anymore... i hope thats not a bad sign)

graphics card: PNY VCG88GTS32XPB GeForce 8800GTS 320MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP

Processor (core 2 duo): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115029

Power Supply(550 Watts): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817182089

Memory (2 gigs DDR2 800): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820141064

thanks so much guys i hope we can fix it seeing as i just paid 900 dollars for a new compy that doesnt even work lol

PS keep in mind im a noob and dont know all that much haha
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  1. Could do a Windows Repair off the CD and then reinstall all the drivers off the CD. Most mobo now have auto install option and if your's does, use it. Then update the drivers from the mobo site and the video drivers from nVidia website. Never install the drivers Windows updates provide. You could also disassemble the machine including taking the mobo out of the case. Install the RAM and video card out side the case and test it. When you install the mobo make sure you have the precise number of standoffs. no more and no less, and make sure each is screwed down when you reinstall the mobo. Doing the Repair should correct any driver problems so I'd do that first.
  2. oh, and also my operating system is windows XP service pack 2, 32 bit haha, and thanks for the reply ill try that, and also, what would taking it out of the case do? i dont get it haha (noobness is showing)
  3. Sometimes when you assemble the machine you have too many or too few standoffs or you don't have a screw for each and this can cause a short. It also let's you test each piece when you install it. Prior to disassembling you could test each stick of RAM individually. The problem is that any number of things could be causing the problem and troubleshooting is pretty much a processes of limitation. I'd start with the Windows Repair or even a clean install with Windows doing a full format. After doing all the updates just install the game that your playing when this happens. This would be the best way to see if it's a software/driver problem. If it does it after this, then it's likely a hardware problem.
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