I've build my own systems for years but lately have been more caught up in network administration and lost track of hardware. So I may have screwed up in picking stuff out.
This year I wanted to upgrade my old 1.6 ghz AMD to a nicer for some gaming and playing with virutalization. So I went for some new equipment, my old Antec case and hard drives seemed up to the task. So I just bought the following stuff.
I kept in two Seagate SATA drives, on 80 gigs and the other 250 and a generic DVD/RW.
So the system keeps freezing up an me and I'm trying to decide what the problem component is.
From the symptom one would first guess a CPU temp problem but its frozen up while I'm in the BIOS watching the CPU temp at 29-30 and there seems to be no excessive heat anyplace. When I try to reboot it acts like a car with a bad starter and won't post until its sits for a while. But still, no excessive heat and it did this while the CPU was underclocked.
So that leaves me with the power supply. Calulators I used said this would be just fine and I'm not going to ad much more. But I wonder if I misjudged the video card. It says it needs a 400 watt supply with 26 amps on the +12 rail. This one has a dual +12v with each rated at 22A. I thought that meant the total would be fine but di I misunderstand the calculation?
The memory is rated for 1.9 and it defaulted to 1.8. I changed that and it still froze.
I went to failsafe defaults and it's more stabe but then it froze during memtest.
I've had bad CPU's do that so I'm not sure if it tells me anything.
Last night I had installed Ubuntu 64 and everything seemed ok until I started using the propriety drivers. Then I started getting sytem freezes. But it wasn't Ubuntu because it freezes in bios and memtest as well.
But that was why I was wondering about power, it seemed that accessing the card fully started this.
Right now it is running longer than it was but if its freezing during memtest how can I be sure what the problem is?
I did and still had troubles. I'm pretty certain that the problem is mobo/cpu or power now. I drove through the snowstorm to get my work rig and swapped out the know good memory and video card and it froze right away. I have newer memory in the other system running memtest right now and it looks ok. I don't have time for 8 hours right now so I'm going to try and put in the big assed video card and see how it goes. If I can run that and then swap out power supplies and find that my work system is now a stable gaming system I'll be pretty clear on where I am at.
Either I have a nasty BIOS misconfiguration or there is a problem with the motherboard or processor.
Any supergeeks out there willing to go over some settings with me?