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Need some help plz.

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March 28, 2010 8:38:47 PM

I just bought all the components to build a new rig and i cant install windows now. Ive tried xp and 7. No luck.

Heres my rig:

Mobo: xfx nforce 750i sli

Cpu: intel pentium e6600 3.06ghz dual core 1066mhz wolfdale

ram: ocz gold edition dual channel 4096mb pc6400 ddr2 800mhz 2 x 2048

video card: galxy geforce 9500gt 512mb ddr2 pci e 2.0

optical drive: samsung dvdrw w/ sata

hdd: 250 gb momentus w/ sata

case: coolermaster rc-310-bkr2 elite w thermal master 420w psu

Would it matter if I've got an 8 pin power slot on the mobo and only a 4 pin coming off cpu?

All this stuff is brand new. Any help would be great, as xfx and micrsoft haven't really been much help.

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March 28, 2010 8:41:29 PM

The power supply is complete crap.

What do you mean? do you have an 8 pin slot on your motherboard and only a 4 pin from your power supply? that would be the problem.
March 28, 2010 8:43:51 PM

Yes that's exactly what I meant. Thank you. If I get an adapter will it work? Is that the only problem you think?
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March 28, 2010 8:48:17 PM

No I don't think they make any adapters for that.

Return psu + buy a QUALITY psu. Antec, corsair, pc power n cooling, ocz, seasonic, silverstone are the ONLY psu's worth buying.

This is $55 after $15 instant coupon and $10 Mail in rebate.
March 28, 2010 8:58:29 PM

Thanks a lot whitefang. Does it sound like that's my only problem? I really apprecite the help.
March 28, 2010 8:59:42 PM

Well you didn't provide much info. What happens when you press the power button?
March 28, 2010 9:04:31 PM

I get it all to power up but I get random bsods when installing windows. Had quite a few differnet error codes.
March 28, 2010 9:13:51 PM

Sounds like a ram issue, not sure if that has anything to do with not having the extra 4th pin in the CPu motherboard slot.

March 28, 2010 9:17:46 PM

Well I'm on my way to get a new psu. I'm gonna try that if it doesn't work I will post the error codes and see if we can figure out what it is.
March 28, 2010 9:34:37 PM

1) First, verify that your ram is supported by your motherboard.

2) Run memtest86+ for a full pass without errors to check out the ram first. If you get any error, test each stick and slot individually to identify the failed part.

3) The 4/8 pin cpu power slot may be OK if your cpu is not a strong one; a E6600 is not strong. Read the motherboard manual for more info. Most of the time it does not need the 8 pin connector unless you are overclocking or have a highly clocked quad. An molex to 8 pin adapter adapter would work also.

That said, a quality psu like whitefang suggested is a good thing.
March 28, 2010 9:47:13 PM

Would the latencey of the ram be an issue?
March 28, 2010 11:30:58 PM

topher1884 said:
Would the latencey of the ram be an issue?

No. The voltage might be though. Test with memtest86+
March 28, 2010 11:34:23 PM

Will memtest86+ work w/o an os on the system?
March 29, 2010 12:14:41 AM

topher1884 said:
Will memtest86+ work w/o an os on the system?

Yes. Memtest is self booting and needs no OS. You can download it and burn it to a bootable CD or floppy. Usb is possible, but I have not tried that.

Run for at least one full pass. You should see NO errors. If you get an error, test one stick at a time, perhaps in different slots to isolate the failing component.
March 29, 2010 3:10:36 AM

Memtest says rams fine. Got an error about the lan card and disabled it in bios. Tried to reinstall then got a ntfs error code during install. Thinkin bout returnin mobo and ram and startin over. After readin some reviews I think I made a mistake with that mobo in the first place.
March 30, 2010 2:18:30 AM

Ok so returning the xfx board. Replacing it with an asus. The p5ql-vmdo /csm. So the system specs are now:

Cooler master tower

Asus P5ql_vmdo/csm-mobo

Seagate momentus 250gb 3gb/s-hdd

Samsung 22x r/w dvd rom

Intel pentium e6600 3.06ghz-cpu

4gb pc6400 centon-ram

Geforce 9500gt 512mb video card

Does that sound like a fairly good gaming machine? I'm not a hard core gamer but I'm hopin it'll handle most anything I can throw @ it. Thanks in advance.
March 30, 2010 4:14:20 AM

I think a 9500GT will be marginal gaming at 1280 x 1024 resolution. For good gaming at that and higher resolutions, you should be looking at a stronger card like the GT240 or gts 250. The cpu will be fine.