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New build freezes up, what is the possible cause?

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June 14, 2012 2:40:23 PM

My new build rather too frequently "freezes" up and I have to hit the reset button to reboot and get going again. Then I get the Windows 7 message that it didn't shut down properly.

Other than that, the computer ran right from the start and is SOOOOO much faster than my old set up.

What is the most likely cause of this freeze up? The mobo, the CPU, the RAM, the graphics card or the OS? Or my inept, lame set up, lack of knowledge, poor, stupid set up, etc.

My build is this: ASRock Z68 Pro 3 Mobo
Intel i5 2500K CPU
Crucial M4 64 Gig SSD
WD Caviar Black HD
16 gig G Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600 RAM
My old PNY Quadro NVS 440 graphics card which runs my 4 monitors from one slot
Windows 7 HP 64 bit
plus my CoolerMaster HAF case, Cooler Master Hyper 212+ CPU cooler, etc.

I may have screwed up setting up ACHI for the SSD

Thanks for the advice, opinions, ideas, help and wisdom. I appreciate it.

gary

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June 14, 2012 2:49:40 PM

Have you tried to use only a single RAM stick? Maybe one of the RAM sticks are faulty.
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June 14, 2012 5:42:17 PM

Thanks Enigma, I didn't think of that. I'll give it a try. Should I try them all one at a time in slot # 1?
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June 14, 2012 6:06:27 PM

It's a trial and error thing to do since I've seen some posts where people have actually found faulty RAM slots by trying each one individually but it's a good starting point.

Can you run memtest to see how well your RAM is before individually replacing them, it may save you some un-needed work?
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June 14, 2012 7:21:41 PM

Excuse my ignorance, but where do I find and how do I run Memtest?
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June 15, 2012 4:06:50 AM

Thanks again, I'll give it a try.
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June 19, 2012 11:26:56 PM

OK, I downloaded memtest, burned it onto a CD or DVD disk, now what do I do with it? How do I make it work? I don't have a clue. If it doesn't pop up and start running, I don't know what to do. Sorry. Thanks.
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June 20, 2012 7:27:47 AM

garyhope said:
OK, I downloaded memtest, burned it onto a CD or DVD disk, now what do I do with it? How do I make it work? I don't have a clue. If it doesn't pop up and start running, I don't know what to do. Sorry. Thanks.


Reboot the pc, make sure you select CD/DVD to load from BIOS, rather than booting into windows.
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June 22, 2012 1:17:29 AM

Thanks mazchazo.
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