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Please Help! New System Build Crashing (Blue Screen of Death)

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October 15, 2012 4:16:59 AM

Hey guys,

So after years of not playing around with PCs b/c they had been struck by lighting (and I have purchased several Macs). I decided to build a brand new gaming pc from scratch. The PC is up and running now and I had to install Windows XP initially because I did not have Windows 7 or 8 available. The PC worked great for about a day and by the second day it crashed a few times with the blue screen of death. I cannot remember the exact message it gave me but when I googled it, it said that it was either a memory issue or an overheating issue. Now, the PC cannot even fully load windows without crashing. I figured that the PC had too much memory 8GB b/c it was a 32-bit edition of Win XP. So now I have the Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation 64-bit version and when installing that from the DVD I get an error message flash onto the screen and the PC quickly reboots before I can fully read the message.

What should I do next? I have no idea what is wrong with my PC and IDK how to go about figuring out what is wrong...

PLEASE HELP! And thanks in advance for your input and time.

-bcliles91

BTW- ALL hardware is brand-new. I will post system specifications if needed.
October 15, 2012 4:19:53 AM

bcliles91 said:
Hey guys,

So after years of not playing around with PCs b/c they had been struck by lighting (and I have purchased several Macs). I decided to build a brand new gaming pc from scratch. The PC is up and running now and I had to install Windows XP initially because I did not have Windows 7 or 8 available. The PC worked great for about a day and by the second day it crashed a few times with the blue screen of death. I cannot remember the exact message it gave me but when I googled it, it said that it was either a memory issue or an overheating issue. Now, the PC cannot even fully load windows without crashing. I figured that the PC had too much memory 8GB b/c it was a 32-bit edition of Win XP. So now I have the Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation 64-bit version and when installing that from the DVD I get an error message flash onto the screen and the PC quickly reboots before I can fully read the message.

What should I do next? I have no idea what is wrong with my PC and IDK how to go about figuring out what is wrong...

PLEASE HELP! And thanks in advance for your input and time.

-bcliles91

BTW- ALL hardware is brand-new. I will post system specifications if needed.

Please post your specs.
Does it sound to anyone else like you've got a bad stick of ram? try just using 1 stick or the other, see if that works. if not, try messing with your RAM settings in BIOS, if you have that option lol. So sad this happened. If it's not the RAM, the only thing I can think of is your MOBO, but I'm no expert.
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October 15, 2012 4:48:00 AM

Foxconn H61MX LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52400

Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model PGD38G1333ELK

APEVIA ATX-AS680W-BL 680W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready Power Supply

Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

PNY VCGGTX550TXPB GeForce GTX 550 Ti Video Card - 1GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), Mini-HDMI, Dual DVI, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot, SLI Ready - Limited Lifetime Warranty with Registration

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October 15, 2012 4:49:02 AM

I will try running the PC with just one stick of RAM tomorrow...
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