Solved Custom Built Computer shuts down no reason

December 1, 2013 at 18:18:40
Specs: Windows 7

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December 2, 2013 at 07:51:03
Did you check the CPU temp readings? Which CPU cooler did you use & which type of thermal compound? If you used paste, did you apply it properly using the "middle dot method"? Did you customize the BIOS settings or simply load Defaults? Did you test the RAM with memtest86? Have you disabled the Win7 auto-restart feature?

Did you choose these parts yourself or did someone help you? I'm asking because it's not a very good configuration, especially for a gaming rig. Why the outdated 760G board & slow RAM? You should have gotten a cheaper case (top mounted PSU is better) & put that money toward a decent 900-series board & DDR3-1866. And where's the video card? No standard HDD for storage?

For anyone else, here's the hardware list so you don't have to click on every link:

- AMD FX-8350 Vishera AM3+ 125W CPU
- G.SKILL Ripjaws 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3-1333
- Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 240GB SATA III SSD
- ASRock 980DE3/U3S3 AM3+ AMD RX881/760G motherboard
- Thermaltake TR2 TR-600 600W Power Supply
- Cooler Master HAF 912 - High Air Flow Mid Tower Case

Have a look at these:

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December 2, 2013 at 21:37:29
I have NO idea what any of that means. I had a guy pick out the parts and assemble it. I went with what I could afford. What should I do? I don't know how to do the stuff you are asking

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December 8, 2013 at 07:13:37
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"I had a guy pick out the parts and assemble it"

Apparently he did a piss-poor job at both. Why get a high end FX CPU & a Solid State Drive, then connect them to a crappy motherboard with slow RAM?

"I went with what I could afford"

Then you should have skipped the $160 SSD & gotten a 1TB standard hard drive for about $60. The $100 you would have saved could have gone toward a decent motherboard & RAM. Heck, the AMD 970 boards I linked to in response #1 are practically the same price as the one you ended up with so there's really no excuse for going with the board you have. It was simply a poor choice. The RAM choice was plain out wrong! There's absolutely no excuse for getting DDR3-1333 to go with a CPU that supports DDR3-1866. And it should have been 2 x 8GB, not 4 x 4GB.

See the following discussion about the chipset your board is based on:

I suggest you print out this thread & show it to whoever built this system for you. I doubt any of the hardware will be switched out but he should fix whatever the problem is. My guess is improper thermal paste application (should have used the middle dot method). The power supply is another possibility; the +12v split design should have been avoided. Also, the BIOS settings should be manually configured & the RAM should be tested with memtest86.

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