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Jeremy Kainzel Mar 11, 2007, 04:21am EDT Report Abuse


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CrAsHnBuRnXp Mar 11, 2007, 05:30am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: New PC Crashing.... a lot
Are you overclocking at all? If so, this could be causing some instability if you have the overclock settings incorrect.

Could be a faulty PSU. Just because its new, does not mean it will work the way it should.

Are you sure there is no short of some sort?

Could be bad RAM. Run Memtest86 and find out. At least for 24 hrs or until it produces errors (if the RAM is the factor) before the 24 hr mark.

Could be a hard drive issue to. Bad sectors, fautly hard drive, etc.

Could even be a bad motherboard.

I know I have listed quite a few things here, but all are possible factors. You will have to rule them out one at a time.

Jeremy Kainzel Mar 11, 2007, 11:55am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: New PC Crashing.... a lot
You mention I could test the RAM with Memtest86. Are there equal tools to test other components as well (sorry, I know that's a newbie-ish question)?

Also, I didn't overclock anything... these were all factory settings.

Thanks...

Beavis Khan Mar 11, 2007, 12:15pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: New PC Crashing.... a lot
Crash (correctly, imo) mentions the PSU - you should check the voltages on +3.3V, +5V, and +12V rails. Most motherboards have a hardware monitor (or similar) in the bios. You can also use Speedfan from within Windows. Ideally you're looking for no more than +/- 5% on these numbers. Eg +5V between 4.75V and 5.25V actual.

You should also check system temperatures - CPU and GPU primarily. A poorly seated heatsink, uneven thermal paste application, etc could result in overheating.

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CrAsHnBuRnXp Mar 11, 2007, 06:54pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: New PC Crashing.... a lot
Jeremy Kainzel said:
You mention I could test the RAM with Memtest86. Are there equal tools to test other components as well (sorry, I know that's a newbie-ish question)?

Also, I didn't overclock anything... these were all factory settings.

Thanks...

Memtest tests the RAM. A PSU tester test to see if the PSU is providing accurate amount of voltages. Most new hard drives now-a-days have S.M.A.R.T so it can tell you when the hdd is failing. To check the S.M.A.R.T, use DiskCheck i believe it is called. Other than this, Im not aware of any other testers. Anyone else know of any? Id like to know as well. :)



 

    
 
 

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