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I did a budget build for a friend, an HTPC.

The thing worked fine for 2 weeks and suddenly, I started getting BSOD's as windows booted right around the windows 7 logo part of boot.
I thought it may be the SSD, I did multiple tests and it came out as healthy, no errors...etc.
I did a windows mem test, and that came out with no errors.

Later, the display died and I got beeps, 1 long beep followed by 8 short beeps. Which translated to a video issue.

Seems the on board or intel graphics died. (intel G540). I replaced that with a cheap PCI-E vid card. And everything started working fine again.

2 days after, the PC froze. I rebooted and got a BSOD. Then, after some tests, windows memory tester showed hardware issues detected...

Anyways, could the main cause of all these problems be the memory? The motherboard? Maybe the PSU? Or could I just be having bad luck?
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Originally Posted by hokage View Post

I did a budget build for a friend, an HTPC.

The thing worked fine for 2 weeks and suddenly, I started getting BSOD's as windows booted right around the windows 7 logo part of boot.
I thought it may be the SSD, I did multiple tests and it came out as healthy, no errors...etc.
I did a windows mem test, and that came out with no errors.

Later, the display died and I got beeps, 1 long beep followed by 8 short beeps. Which translated to a video issue.

Seems the on board or intel graphics died. (intel G540). I replaced that with a cheap PCI-E vid card. And everything started working fine again.

2 days after, the PC froze. I rebooted and got a BSOD. Then, after some tests, windows memory tester showed hardware issues detected...

Anyways, could the main cause of all these problems be the memory? The motherboard? Maybe the PSU? Or could I just be having bad luck?
My bet would be on the RAM, don't forget that integrated GPUs rely on using a portion of the RAM to use as graphics memory, so that could also have been the cause for the GPU weirdness, unless there's a fault on the motherboard or CPU as well that would cause failure of the iGPU somehow.
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What are the Stop error codes you receive from the BSOD?

Were they different from the first time you saw it to this time now?

If the stop codes point to hardware/memory issues I would have you try testing the RAM on another working system. This will eliminate the Memory itself.

It could possibly be a bad DIMM slot. Not like I have seen that very often, but testing the RAM on the troubled PC doesn't seem to be providing consistent results. Personally I would run a single stick(a stick you know is good) test in the troubled system on every slot to see if you get errors on any of them. This is how you could find the bad slot.

Would the system boot into any of the advanced boot options (Safe Mode)?

Did you buy all the parts new? or did you go grave digging and threw this together for him? If the onboard graphics have already died I would suspect the mobo to be the trouble. under warranty? RMA if possible.
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What are the Stop error codes you receive from the BSOD?
Were they different from the first time you saw it to this time now?
If the stop codes point to hardware/memory issues I would have you try testing the RAM on another working system. This will eliminate the Memory itself.
It could possibly be a bad DIMM slot. Not like I have seen that very often, but testing the RAM on the troubled PC doesn't seem to be providing consistent results. Personally I would run a single stick(a stick you know is good) test in the troubled system on every slot to see if you get errors on any of them. This is how you could find the bad slot.
Would the system boot into any of the advanced boot options (Safe Mode)?
Did you buy all the parts new? or did you go grave digging and threw this together for him? If the onboard graphics have already died I would suspect the mobo to be the trouble. under warranty? RMA if possible.

It wouldn't boot into safe mode either. Also, the windows repair console thingy couldn't repair anything.
I'll test with single sticks.
I only recorded 1 stop code after I turned off auto-reboot on errors, and now I can't really reproduce it because it seems to be working now. I'll run some more memory tests after work, but that's pretty much what I know for now.

Yes, this was all new hardware.

Thanks for the tips to help narrow it down. Hopefully, it's just the RAM.
Edited by hokage - 10/1/12 at 10:17am
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What is the full system specs? ssd, mobo, psu, everything.
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What is the full system specs? ssd, mobo, psu, everything.

Yes, particularly interested in the PSU here wink.gif
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Sorry for not replying sooner, I thought the issue was fixed, but apparently it's back. Hopefully you guys are still able to help.
Basically, the first/original post tells what's going on. Now, it's freezing randomly, then it'll work just fine for days...

PSU is a FSP450 (FSP Group) off of newegg.

Intel Celeron G620
ECS H61H2-M2(1.0) motherboard
G.Skill 4GB (2x2gb) DDR3 133 Ripjaw series
PNY GTX 620
OCZ Solid 3 SLD3 120gb SSD

From the original date of posting this, it works well for a few days, then flakes out. Suddenly starts working again after a safe mode boot....that's the last time I heard it had problems 3 days ago till today. Where it went haywire again. All the parts are new, but it's been close to 30 days now.

My friend isn't "skilled" enough to take out and test the RAM, yes I know, I can't even walk him through it. And I can't get to his place besides on weekends. I'm ready to order some new ram since it's cheap, but I wanna know if it could be the PSU that's causing all this randomness or possibly bad ram alone? Since the ram didn't show any errors on the first memory test, I have my suspicions.
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What are the temps?
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