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Requesting PC troubleshooting tips and opinions (freezes/black monitor)

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Hey guys, I've been having some issues with my pc lately and I could use some advice. I don't want to waste your time reading through the entire series of events so here's a summary:

1) I had some issues with bsod, and I thought it was software related because it only started after I did some updates.

2) I did a series of system restores ultimately ending up with a format,and the bsod went away.

3) My comp started freezing in various environments (fully booted, in bios, system restore, windows install from disc), forcing me to do a hard reset. Sometimes after the hard reset, the pc would power on (lights, fans etc.) but the monitor would stay off. I don't think it's a gpu issue because I could get the monitor to come on after either a cpu reseat, or a few power-ons; but I could be wrong here so I'm open to any interpretations as far as what hardware is at fault.

4). I thought I would give the format one more try before coming to you guys. I got the windows disk to load, and I formatted the hdd. As I was reinstalling windows7, the pc froze again (I left it there for 30 mins+ to make sure). I figure this is a hardware issue since I just formatted and there was no software to cause any issues, right?

A friend of mines is telling me it sounds like a hdd issue or ram corruption issue.

What I want from you guys is some direction on where to go next, maybe some programs that I can use to check the hdd/ram and all my other pc components for future purposes, or some opinions on what the issue may be.

Thanks for any help.


If it's of any importance, here's my hardware:

CPU - AMD Phenom II x4 3.2ghz

GPU - msi HD Radeon 5770 hawk

Mobo - Asus M4A785TD-M EVO

Ram - Gskill ripjaw ddr3 2gbx2

HDD - Samsung 450gb 7200rpm (sorry,can't remember the exact model)

PSU - corsair tx650
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Id agree that it sounds like a ram issue, I would run memtest on the ram and see if it passes
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I happened to order a new set of RAM before everything went to hell. I had 4 gigs as I stated already, and I heard BF3 may have been crashing with 4 gigs. I had everything set on high, but when I dropped everything to low, the crashes stopped; so there may have been something to it. Either way,I have an 8 gig set on the way. I'll see how it goes. Hopefully it was just the Ram.
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An update: I think my motherboard is dying

So I got the new ram in today. I installed it and got everything started up. Things were going fine for a bit. I installed the RAM and installed windows 7,I was downloading all of my standard programs, then suddenly, the screen went black. I hard reset a couple of times hoping the monitor would come back on, then I decided to test the monitor. It worked on another computer, so it's safe. I tried to test my computer with the vga cable from my my mobo to another monitor and my main monitor(hope I got that right, it's the blue display connector) and I got nothing. Then I tried to connect to my tv through the hdmi port and I got nothing. So I imagine it is the motherboard. I scanned the hdd with estools from samsung and that is clean, the Ram is brand new, I hope it wouldn't be the CPU, and I tested the onboard graphics card, so I don't think my 5770 is the issue. What else is there left? Does the mobo seem like the culprit?
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