I just built a new computer and installed Windows 8 on the SSD. Unfortunately, Windows 8 won't run for 5 minutes on average before it hangs, and I mean a hard hang - even the num lock on the keyboard goes out, forcing me to reset. I have installed the mobo drivers, the graphics card drivers, I updated the firmware on the SSD, and have updated Windows 8 as much as I can. Nothing has helped. I tried installing Windows on the HDD (thinking it was the SSD's fault), buit it wouldn't even finish installing before hanging. The memory I used passed memtest just fine. The CPU temperatures seem within normal limits. I'm not sure how to diagnose this problem from here. Any help is appreciated. Here is my build:
Intel Core i5-3470
ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card
Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply
Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
Windows 8 64 bit OEM
Sounds like a dodgy Windows 8. If you successfully installed it on the SSD, and it froze, reinstalled it and then finally tried to install it on the HDD and none of those successfully worked, then it could be a dodgy copy.
Is the HDD brand new? could have some bad sectors if it is an old one. Did you also check compatibility of everything before you got it?
It's Windows 8 OEM from Newegg. Unfortunately, I don't have any other Windows version to install. If that is the next logical step, I will purchase 7, but I was kind of hoping there is some other way to isolate what the problem is.
Yes, pretty random, but certain activities - like trying to update Windows - brought about the freezes quite reliably. OK, I will look into buying 7, and try your other suggestions this evening. I appreciate your help!
Calm down there! I'm not finished yet, Windows 7 should be a last resort.
Have you installed any cracked software? Because that can mess up Windows.
Also, your PSU may be the problem. AMD recommends a 500w PSU for your graphics card, you only have a 430w. If you have a 500w one lying around, try that instead.
(After looking into your system, this could be the problem)
Just a note now that I saw that you did run memtest (sorry), passing the test doesn't mean RAM is fine. PSU is underpowered but not while in 2D mode I certainly doubt it. Maybe faulty though as well....