A friend helped me pick out components based on a build recommended in an article on Tom's hardware. When I originally tried to start it up, it wouldn't post and I needed and updated bios. Bios is now updated, and I can get it to begin windows setup, but partway through the process it blue screens, and gives and error message about hardware.
check the firmware on the ssd make sure it up to date. run memtest on your ram or try taking out 1/2 of the ram to see if one of the sticks are bad.. in the bios make sure xmp profile is turned on and on the sata ports there set to achi mode not ide.
Tried taking out the second stick of ram, and had the same error. Tried replacing the first stick of ram with the second stick, and had the same error. I'm not seeing where in the bios I can switch sata ports from IDE to achi or vice versa. Any clue where in the bios I might find those options?
Checked the ram timing, and made sure it's matching up. While this was the motherboard/ram recommended in the article (I think it was august's 1000 dollar build), it appears the ram is not on the list of supported ram from the mobo manufacturer. I've got two sticks of supported ram with two day shipping coming on Thursday, but in the meantime, tried shutting down two cache options in bios, as that's what the bsod recommended for repeated errors. This got my system stable enough to get windows installed, but now it's blue screening if I try to load drivers or do anything.