I have an issue after upgrading my PC recently and am having difficulty finding a solution. The problem is a BSOD during the windows 7 splash, right after the POST screen. It happens everytime i turn on the pc with the new hardware installed. I haven't overclocked anything, everything is compatible with each other, plenty of airflow and my CPU temperature (according to BIOS) is well under control at about 29C.
The spec i am attempting to run, is an i7 950 (stock speeds...for now), 6GB DDR3 1600mhz OCZ Platinum, Asus 5770 1gb card, all hooked up to an Asus P6x58D-E board powered by a 500W OCZ PSU. I am using 2 HDD, both of which were from my previous PC, 1 of which contains my OS (windows 7 professional) the other is just for generic storage. I'm fairly stumped as to what the issue is to be honest, I originally assumed it was my PSU, so i have tried a couple of calculators which gave me the same result and shows that 500W is pushing it, but none the less can run the system.
One thing i am unsure of however, and cant seem to find an answer too anywhere, is if my old HDD with windows on contains drivers for my old hardware, would this cause a conflict with anything i wish to use now? If anyone could shed some light on how to resolve my issue and get me to my desktop, it would be greatly appreciated,
It was originally a packard bell PC, i just re-used the HDD for the OS and data i already have on there. Other than that nothing else was used. The PSU is my own which i have had for about 12 months and have used on another PC, so its in working order.
The mobo was replaced, as was the GFXcard, CPU, RAM, and 2 fans. I'm no longer using a CPU fan, instead i have a megahalems tower (which annoyingly at POST brings up a "CPU fan error!" message which i would love to remove hehe).
I do have a fully working version of windows 7 professional if i have to resort to a clean install. I have all my uni programs on the HDD though so could really do without losing them preferably.
Is that hard drive at least Sata 3 g/bs?
If not, I would also upgrade that component.
You have a kickass motherboard, CPU, and GPU. Old hard drives will bottleneck your system like crazy. Consider getting an SSD. Prices on them are coming down as I write this. 60GB is good for a boot drive. I wouldn't go any hight unless you really need the space or the price is cheap.
Okay guys thanks for the info. I went ahead and did a clean install of windows, which went fine. Installed okay, got me on the desktop and i began to install the MoBo drivers.
Encountered another problem however... The PC restarted after installing a chipset driver, which it prompted me about before hand. As soon as it rebooted, it continually restarts itself even before POST. I thought it a memory issue (Because it originally allowed me to install windows), however when running memtest on a single stick of RAM (out of the 3 i have) it restarted itself after about 7 minutes of testing. Now im totally confused, does this mean i have found the faulty RAM module, or could there be an underlying problem such as an issue with my motherboard, or my PSU not being powerful enough? I wouldn't mind, i have built and set up enough PC's before now to have a fairly competent understanding of how to troubleshoot issues, but this one has me stumped well and truly!