while i was building my first computer today, when picking up the cpu to put into the motherboard, i dropped it, on the bottom, it is an intel core i3 530. after assembling the rest of the computer, i tried to boot it, the bios boots correctly, and as i am using an old hard drive from my previous computer, i tried to boot windows, and after getting half way through the little loading screen, i got a blue screen telling me that there was an error and windows had shut down to protect my computer. I do not have the discs from xp but am currently waiting for the delivery of windows 7 that my sister who works in IT got me for free. Did i *** up or could it be something else like the older hard drive?
Intel Core i3 530
Intel Media Series ATX Motherboard BOXDH55HC
corsair 400w psu
Corsair XMS3 4 GB PC3-12800 1600Mhz Dual Channel DDR3 Memory
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 160gb hdd
Shutting down to protect your computer may indicate an overheating issue... Your system boots, so I assume your processor is recognized by the BIOS, meaning it should work fine, but the heatsink may be attached in a wrong way?