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So I have had a recurring problem with my computer since I built it last summer. Here is how it started: every time I booted, my system posted then windows started up. As soon as I got to the glowing windows logo, I got the BSOD and my computer restarted. If I let it restart, the process repeated itself until I held down the power button to force shutdown. Upon starting the computer again, everything was fine after I hit "start windows normally". The computer booted no problem and the system ran fine.

Unfortunately, this doesn't last long. After about a month of this, ChkDsk started running almost every day and I found out that my WD Caviar Black hard drive had an unhealthy number of bad sectors, so I RMA'd it. Once I got the new one, I used a utility to clone the partitions from the old hard drive to the new one. Once again, I was getting BSOD's during startup but it was running fine. After about a week, I was back to a nearly unusable drive. That is the drive I am using now, and the symptoms are the same as before, only my computer freezes for about ten seconds at a time before working again.

Thinking that it must have been bad system files from the first HDD, I used Boot and Nuke on the new drive. That did not solve the problem. Now S.M.A.R.T. is telling me the new HDD is failing and my computer is still slow, and I still get BSOD's, and I'm still mad. Based on the components in this rig, I should be able to open control panel without waiting five minutes.

I have not overclocked this system at all, and all the parts are in my signature. I'm convinced that it must be a bad power supply, because I bought it used on ebay and I can't find anything else that's wrong. It's a Zalman ZM850-HP.

Two hard drives from a reputable company have magically failed on me, and windows 7 home premium x64 keeps freezing in intermittent spurts. Also the BSOD's during startup are annoying as hell. PLEASE HELP. WHAT IS WRONG WITH MY SETUP?
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post #2 of 6
check your PSU voltages and make sure they arent out of whack. Try with another brand of HDD and see if that works. And if it still does it with a different drive and acceptable voltages, im thinking its your board.
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post #3 of 6
Only thing you can do is narrow down what parts are broken. Sorry, but it's what must be done. You may have a number of failing components, so I hope you have spares.
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Well since the build is relatively new and I'm spending the last three weeks of June at a graphic design program in pittsburgh, I could theoretically RMA the board and HDD. I was planning on a new st85f-p PSU anyway because the cables on the zm850-hp aren't really long enough and I'm planning on sleeving sometime soon.

What do you guys think? I don't have another computer in the house so there isn't a wealth of spare parts I can draw from.
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post #5 of 6
id say check your board if possible, but i would suggest try another hdd, grab another for cheap thats been on sale lately or something. but if all fails RMA both the board and then hdd
   
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post #6 of 6
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Thanks guys... Since I have the time I think I'll just buy a new psu, and rma both the board and hdd anyway. Msi and WD have been great for me in the past so I'm optimistic
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