Hey, I'm new to this forum and new to the world of DIY computer building. A friend of mine gave me some parts to start my first build and I finally got everything up and running. But, I've run into some problems. Basically, whenever I run a game that has too much going on visually, the computer completely shuts off. I talked to my buddy about it and he suggested I replace the video card. Here is what I'm currently working with.
I have about 8GB of RAM, but unfortunately, I only have a disc for the 32-bit version of windows, so I'm only able to access some of that RAM. I have a 550W power supply and multiple fans keeping everything cool (temperature is good).
I want to know what you all think I should do to make this thing run better. I'm using this for a work desktop (running stats programs like SPSS) as well as some light gaming (I'll probably play the Marvel Online MMO once it comes out and I would like to play SWTOR, nothing too intense).
Should I replace the video card to something smaller/lower grade, or get a better CPU. If so, what recommendations do you guys have? I would like to keep the mobo I have, as I'm a grad student with little disposable income.
Any other ideas as to why the computer keeps shutting down?
Any help is greatly appreciated and needed. Help me make this PC run like a champ!