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Repeated BSOD's. Not sure if RAM, MOBO, or PSU...

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October 11, 2010 12:25:19 AM

I have the following system:

MSI GeForce GTX 460 Fermi Cyclone OC 725MHZ 768MB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini-HDMI DX11 PCI-E Video Card
Patriot Sector 5 PGV34G1333ELK 4GB DDR3 2X2GB DDR3-1333 CL 9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit
Western Digital WD5000AADS Caviar Green 500GB SATA 32MB 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM
OCZ StealthXStream 700W ATX12V 20/24PIN Active PFC ATX Power Supply 120MM Fan Black
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Quad Core Processor AM3 3.4GHZ 8MB Cache 125W 45NM Retail Box
ASUS M4A79XTD Evo ATX AM3 790X DDR3 2XPCI-E16 2XPCI-E 2XPCI CrossFireX SATA Audio GBLAN Motherboard

Im running 64-bit windows 7, and i have had nothing but trouble since this whole situation started.

I am running into repeated BSOD's every time i do anything processor or memory intensive. (Gaming, repeated errors when installing anything, having multi-tab firefox open with other programs.) Effectively, if it requires memory, im getting a multitude of BSOD's as well as flat out errors when starting up windows 7. Blackscreens that never load into anything else, BSOD's WHEN Loading windows.

Ive recently reformatted and reinstalled windows 7, but with no improvement.


Just hoping to get some form of solution before spending anything further.
October 11, 2010 12:33:05 AM

First thing you always do with a new build like this is to try re-seat the ram and video card, try one stick of memory at a time in each slot to rule out bad RAM and MOBO, and run memtest86 to find errors.
Also you might have to set the rams native setting manually in the bios.
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October 11, 2010 1:08:51 AM

That sums it up quite well. You'll find links that will help in my sig regarding troubleshooting and utilities to help.
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