So I recently built my own computer. For the past 3 months since I build it had been working fine. Today however I noticed that it would randomly freeze up and I would have to push down for about 10 seconds on the power button to shut it off. Since I had recently installed a few updates, I decided to do a system restore to 5 days ago. Unfortunately this resulted in me being given the option of windows repair at start up. I tried this and it would not work so I reset it once again. I thought it might be a hard drive issue so i switched to another HDD cable. Now when I try to start it, it powers up then immediately powers down only to start up again. Once it starts up the RAM LED lights up. I tried re-seating them but nothing works. I'm really afraid that my computer is fried. Can anyone please help me?
I want to clear up a few things I did not specify. When I say that it turns on and then off immediately, I mean the lights and fans on the computer only. Nothing shows up on my monitor. This means I cannot access the BIOS. And by RAM LED I mean that my MOBO has an LED that lights up if something is wrong with the RAM.
I will try that CMOS method later and post my results.
Update: I reset the CMOS and now the rig doesn't power up and immediately die and then power up again. It just stays powered up. However, I still have no visual input and the LED that lights up when there is an issue with the RAM is still on. I suppose next I will have to take out my GPU and see if the chip's onboard graphics will work. I don't have any spare RAM besides the two already in there so I will have to test them 1 at a time and see if either of them are the issue. Any other ideas?
some of this is at the top but i guess i'll organize it more
CPU: i5 2500k
RAM: with link please: 2x4 GB Corsair Vengeance Low Profile- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...(Desktop+Memory)-_-Corsair-_-20233186
GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155
the monitor has a vga connector so i'm using a dvi converter since the gpu is dvi
Alright so I tried it without the GPU and it still would not work. I then tried using 1 stick of RAM at a time to ensure that it wasn't one of them being faulty. I don't have any spares so I can't test whether or not both are bad. Additionally, it is once again doing that thing where the lights and fans go on only to reset a moment later and then stay. I'm beginning to worry that this is a MOBO issue....
Alright so update! By working around with the RAM a bit I was able to make the RAM trouble LED go away. All that happened was a few of the trouble LEDs blinked for a few seconds but then disappeared Unfortunately I was still getting no display so I moved my VGA connection to my GPU's 2nd DVI slot(im using an adapter). When I started it up again I still had no display and now the boot device LED went on. Could a faulty HDD be causing the display issue? or could it be both a GPU and HDD issue? The HDD I can check later but I already tried the GPU before to no avail. Perhaps my onboard graphics will work now that the ram issue is (hopefully) finished off. Any thoughts?