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Several months ago I put together a computer for my parents. They have been using it without any problems until a couple days ago. The computer has started to restart randomly, freeze randomly, or BSOD. My sister, who lives with my parents, has played guild wars 2 on it without any problems before the problems started happening. I have not overclocked it. I have no idea which component is giving me the problem. I suspect it might be the power supply or SSD.

The power supply is only 150w, but I doubt that is a problem because I have made threads on this forum before I bought this computer and the people have said the power supply should work. Maybe my power supply is going bad? Do the problems I listed match up with the problems that power supplies get when they start failing?

I also have a feeling it may be the SSD. OCZ Agility 3 has a high failure rate I heard. It is the only component I use for storage. Do the problems I listed match up with the problems that ssd get when they start failing?

Is there any programs that I can use to check if the SSD or power supply is the component thats giving me the problems?

Specs -

CPU - AMD A8 3870 Quad core 3.0ghz w/ Radeon HD 6550D
Case - Antec ISK 300-150 Mini-ITX Desktop w/150w PSU
Motherboard - ASRock A75M-ITX
SSD - OCZ Agility 3 120gb
Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR 1333
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD 955 (4.0ghz) Asus M4A89GTD EVGA Geforce 470 gskill 2x4gb 1600 
Hard DriveCoolingOSKeyboard
WD black 1TB Corsair A70 Windows 7 Ultimate Filco Majestouch Cherry MX Red 
PowerCaseMouse
corsair 650w antec P183 Logitech G9 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD 955 (4.0ghz) Asus M4A89GTD EVGA Geforce 470 gskill 2x4gb 1600 
Hard DriveCoolingOSKeyboard
WD black 1TB Corsair A70 Windows 7 Ultimate Filco Majestouch Cherry MX Red 
PowerCaseMouse
corsair 650w antec P183 Logitech G9 
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post #2 of 3

PSU is great, especially given the SSD. Just an A8 is not going to need that much power - and undervolts well, just in case.

Check your RAM stability. May have some faulty kits... use memtest. Get that replaced with DDR3-1600 by the way, you're not seeing full A8 performance until you have DDR3-1600 as APUs are very bandwidth-intensive; right now you're bottlenecking the system.

The SSD could be a possibility though, given failure rates.

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Thread Starter 
This helped me a lot. I didn't really think it was the memory until your post. I tested each ram stick by itself and had no problems with one of the sticks. I'm going to buy more memory. 1600 of course like you recommened. Thanks a lot smile.gif
My System
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD 955 (4.0ghz) Asus M4A89GTD EVGA Geforce 470 gskill 2x4gb 1600 
Hard DriveCoolingOSKeyboard
WD black 1TB Corsair A70 Windows 7 Ultimate Filco Majestouch Cherry MX Red 
PowerCaseMouse
corsair 650w antec P183 Logitech G9 
  hide details  
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My System
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD 955 (4.0ghz) Asus M4A89GTD EVGA Geforce 470 gskill 2x4gb 1600 
Hard DriveCoolingOSKeyboard
WD black 1TB Corsair A70 Windows 7 Ultimate Filco Majestouch Cherry MX Red 
PowerCaseMouse
corsair 650w antec P183 Logitech G9 
  hide details  
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