Custom build PC Hardware failure - Please help

February 7, 2013 at 11:54:54
Specs: windows 7, i5 3570K/8GB Corsair
Hi guys

Recently built my first ever computer about 4 months ago with mostly new parts, specs below

New parts ---
Asus P8Z77-V PRO
8GB 1600Mhz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Memory
Crucial CT128M4SSD2 128GB m4 2.5-inch SATA 6Gb/s (SATA III) Internal SSD
750wt P-supply

Recycled Parts from old rig
XFX geforce 8800 GTX graphics card
1 TB samsung hard drive

Ok this rig as been working fine for past 4 months. I no the graphics card is old but it was only temp until i bought a new one. Now the problem started yesterday when i loaded my computere and I got the error your display drivers have failed and screen went all strange which was to be expected.

I restarted my computer and all seemed to be good so i figured it had fixed its self but 20 minutes later my system crashes and I got a blue DUMP screen and now the computer will not boot at all. I Have tried a fresh windows install which looked like it was going to work untill after install had completed and computer tried to reboot it just restarts its self after the blue dumpscreen.

Anyone have any ideas which component has failed graphics card, motherboard ?

Thanks in advance


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February 7, 2013 at 12:23:00
I would suggest that you test your RAM. I look at memory sticks the same way as a light bulb, they just go bad at random times. Try Memtest86+ to test your memory. Let us know what you find from this.

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February 7, 2013 at 12:47:51
Cheers for the reply ...This may sound dumb but any chance you could explain how I test my ram when my computer will not boot?.

I can access my BIOS fine and can boot from CD so do I need to put this program on a CD or USB?

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February 7, 2013 at 13:46:26
Sounds to me more like the graphics than the RAM. I would try F8 at startup and choose "Enable low resolution video (640x480)". See if that works. I'm no hardware expert but that sounds like the graphics card has gone faulty to me.

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February 7, 2013 at 13:47:25
You can test your RAM from a boot disk running memtest86+.

Before testing the RAM try snapping each module in and out 4 or 5 times to burnish the contacts.

Of course any work inside the case should be performed with the computer unplugged. Take proper anti-static precautions.

Your i5 has integrated Intel graphics and your board supports that.

Try removing the Geforce card and connecting the monitor to the motherboard.

What is the model of your power supply?

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February 8, 2013 at 02:22:46
@Othehill - I was think of removing VID card aswell but was not sure if the i5 and my motherboard where pre configured to accept a display but have just tried it now and computer now booting fine.

Is this a clear indication it was the grapgics card that was faulty as I dont want to be too hasty and bin somthing that may still work even if it is old.

Finally what is the power of the integrated Intel graphics? - reason I say this is the i5 was not cheap so I dont want to kill it by trying to run somthig its no ment to run e.g games. This as only got to last untill pay day which is end of the month so am I fine to simply view websites and watch videos

Thanks again


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February 8, 2013 at 03:24:48
I am sure the graphics were taken into account when designing the CPU.

You can't kill the i5 by playing games. The chip will simply throttle or shut down if overheated. Just be sure the heatsink/fan is clean. Blow out using canned or compressed air. Be sure the computer is unplugged when doing that.

I don't know how good the Intel 4000 graphics are but generally speaking integrated graphics are not good for newer games.

You didn't post the model of your power supply. If you intend to get a dedicated graphics card you need to verify the power supply is adequate. Just saying it is 750w isn't enough.

The specs of your i5 are linked below. The chip only draws 77w max. That isn't that much to cause overheating. The graphics are HD, which is probably not very good for gaming. More for watching movies, etc.

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