I built an AMD x2 4400 machine over xmas and it has always crashed randomly (screen just locks up) and im pretty sure its not a windows or program error as it can happen at any time and i reinstalled windows to see if that helped and it didn’t. Though before the PC did switch itself off and restart saying it has recovered from a serious error but this hasn’t happen since the windows reinstallation.
I tried replacing the graphics card by upgrading from a XFX geforce 6600 to a 7600 - which i was looking to do anyway but that hasn’t made a difference.
my specs are:
AMD x2 4400 (slightly overclocked to 2300mhz from 2200mhz)
cooled with a vapochill micro extreme (runs at 45degrees absolute maximum when flat out rendering for hours)
MOBO: Epox EP-9NPA3 Ultra
RAM: 4 x 512mb Corsair value ram
HD: samsung spin point 200GB.
PSU: Arctic cooling 350w (built into my silentium T2 case)
I have bought another HD to work in a RAID set-up which ive been meaning to install so I could try just swapping the HD’s to see if that helps - is it worth doing?
My feeling is it could be faulty RAM and looking at other threads someone suggested using memtest so I will try that. Then I suppose I could try swapping modules out. 2 of the 4 modules came with the mobo +Cpu as a upgrade kit saying they were compatible so I got the same for my extra RAM. I think ill slow the cpu down to stock speed to see if that helps but surely these modules would run with a AMD64 3700 or 4000+ that would run at 2400mhz 2600mhz which is a much faster than my 2300mhz. Am I best going for a higher performance RAM?
Other than those suggestions it would leave mobo or PSU (I think) my trouble is i’ve no way of testing them that i know of without just buying new parts. If its the psu then that means buying a new case as well. Are there any tests i can do to test these components (software or otherwise)?
Thanks for your help and sorry about the long post. Rob