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February 1, 2012 10:56:55 AM

Ok I been having this issue with my pc for bout 2 years now, at first it was just any motion (as simple as me bumping the case or some buddy walking hard) would cause the pc to freeze.. Now it's to the point were it will randomly restart usually while playing a game.. I have took apart this pc and put back together with no idea why it is doing this, so i took it to a shop and they said maybe new Gfx card or ram would fix the issue.

So i upgraded the graphics card and memory, went from a 8800 gtx to 560, and from 2 to 4 gigs of ram.. Didn't fix the issue so now I'm going to update my motherboard and CPU to see if that helps..

Right now I'm looking at a 300 dollar spending limit, and with that I have to get motherboard CPU and memory (because my current board is ddr2) trying to get the best out of my money. I might have to buy some now and wait till I can afford the rest.

This is what im looking at so far

ASUS Sabertooth 990FX - Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X4 960T Zosma 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
(If i get this it would be my first AMD set up so i'm a little nervous hopefully it works out)

Comes to a little over 300 but was wondering if this would be a decent set up (Recommendations highly accepted), and also if you think that this will possibly fix my issue or maybe im just stupid...

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a b B Homebuilt system
February 1, 2012 11:33:01 AM

If jarring the unit causes failure, something is physically loose. That's a no-brainer.* Feel around inside while it's running---gently jiggle one wire at a time, press on this and that, flex things. There is nothing in there that can hurt you, except a graphics card can get hot, and coolers like my Zalman have razor-sharp fins. You could have a bad connector or a bad solder joint or something. You could "breadboard" it---take everything out of the case and connect it up on a non-conductive surface. That way you can more easily mess with each part without moving the others, like pound on the PSU while holding it up with the other hand. Also, breadboarding makes you redo all your plugs, which will sometimes fix a problem like yours by scraping the pins as you plug and unplug. Be aware that your finger is somewhat conductive, though, so it alone can make things not work right if it gets across something.

*So I guess you aren't too bright.
a b B Homebuilt system
February 1, 2012 11:43:13 AM

Petrofsky said:
If jarring the unit causes failure, something is physically loose. That's a no-brainer.* Feel around inside while it's running---gently jiggle one wire at a time, press on this and that, flex things. There is nothing in there that can hurt you, except a graphics card can get hot, and coolers like my Zalman have razor-sharp fins. You could have a bad connector or a bad solder joint or something. You could "breadboard" it---take everything out of the case and connect it up on a non-conductive surface. That way you can more easily mess with each part without moving the others, like pound on the PSU while holding it up with the other hand. Also, breadboarding makes you redo all your plugs, which will sometimes fix a problem like yours by scraping the pins as you plug and unplug. Be aware that your finger is somewhat conductive, though, so it alone can make things not work right if it gets across something.

*So I guess you aren't too bright.



This from the guy that does not even warn against the chance for electrocution? :o  Insulting people is no way to be Helpfull Bread boarding it is a good idea though. Posting what you have in the pc component wise could also help. It be a shame to replace your mother board and cpu and ram if its your case grounding out or the power supply unit. For a cpu upgrade though the intel i3 is a good gaming cpu and is about 124.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... That and a decnt motherboard and the cheap ddr3 ram would not break the bank even getting a 125.00 mother board would still be just under your 300.00 budget buy buying your ram under 50.00 which is not verry expensive at the moment.
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 1, 2012 12:10:29 PM

If you really want to go the upgrade way in that budget here's a combination that you'll love

CPU
AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4100WMGUSBX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
110$

Mobo---
GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
145$

Or
ASUS M5A99X EVO AM3+ AMD 990X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
145$

RAM
Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
50$

That's a total of 310$ the AMD way....

Or
Mobo
ASRock 970 EXTREME4 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
110$

&
CPU
AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3GHz Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor FD6100WMGUSBX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
160$

that's 270$ for the CPU & Mobo Plus 50$ for the RAM.....
320$ :) 
a b B Homebuilt system
February 1, 2012 12:29:39 PM

I wouldn't suggest going back to a dual core, since you already have a 560 (which One, Ti or Non Ti?) this would be a great setup for everything.
The Sabertooth is for like 185$, 960T is for 125$ and 4GB Ripjaws for 30$.
Hell's the 8Gb Ripjaws will cost you 47$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I really can't say , the Sabertooth is the best mobo out there for the FX series, the rest of the processors can do with the other cheaper Asus versions of MSI or Gigabyte. But in that budget. What I suggested was the closest I could get for that sum and that performance. And still be with the very latest of everything out there.... :) 
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