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Ive been working on my father's pc for a long time now. He had an intel mobo, pentium 4, and DDR333 rams and it couldn't boot to save its life. It got to about.... the loading screen MAX and then it reset.

I bought cheap a mobo+cpu+ram combo from a friend 75$. and got a free new HD.

its an ABIT UL8+AMD 64 sumthin+2 gigs of DDR400. Put all that in. Was workign GREAT. installed windows and everything. I started up a game of Day of Defeat source to mess with the visual settings (my dad likes that game) and after about 5 minutes. PC reset and now it cant boot to save its life either. The only variables that remain from the old PC to this one is the video card 7800GS AGP that i got back from BFG because of RMA and the pc case. Ive swapped out the PSU's constantly as well.

WHATS GOIN ON. I thought it could be case shortage but i cant isolate the issue. Possible dead video card? DID I WASTE 75$?!!!
 

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I started up a game of Day of Defeat source to mess with the visual settings (my dad likes that game) and after about 5 minutes. PC reset and now it cant boot to save its life either.
Jaggar, what kind of boot issues are you experiencing? Are you having difficulties at the POST or is it during the actual boot up of the OS? It is possible that there was some overheating as soon as the game was started. Have you tried checking the cooler to make sure it's properly mounted? Have you tested with a different video card? A cheap PCI video card will suffice.

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It would restart at random periods including post and even in the BIOS. Im on my fathers pc as i type. I pulled all the equipment out of the case and its on a wooden platform atm. So far no restarts or anything of the sort. im going to play some day of defeat real soon and see how everything is. If everything goes well, should i look into the purchasing of a new case?
 

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It would restart at random periods including post and even in the BIOS. Im on my fathers pc as i type. I pulled all the equipment out of the case and its on a wooden platform atm. So far no restarts or anything of the sort. im going to play some day of defeat real soon and see how everything is. If everything goes well, should i look into the purchasing of a new case?
Jaggar, what kind of case was he running? Random restarts at POST and in the BIOS may possibly indicate some over heating issues. Have you tried reseating the processor and reapplying some thermal compound? Were you successful at a "cold boot"?

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Jaggar, have you ruled out your RAM as a possible reason for the random reboots/POST failures? Have you run MemTest86+ on the RAM?

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Well he stated he got ram+CPU+mobo from his friend, so my bet is on the PSU if he's using the same one.
FragaGeddon, that's a good thought but why would it still work outside of the case? It could quite possibly be a short or a mounting issue inside the case itself.

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I just ran memtest for about 12 hours. everything seems fine. System workds great to my knowledge outside case but as soon as I slap everything in the case it just restarts mad style.

It could be overheating issues with the case but ive ran the system in the case with the side panel off in open air (no walls around it) and no avail.
 

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I just ran memtest for about 12 hours. everything seems fine. System workds great to my knowledge outside case but as soon as I slap everything in the case it just restarts mad style.

It could be overheating issues with the case but ive ran the system in the case with the side panel off in open air (no walls around it) and no avail.

Jaggar, is the machine restarting at POST or in Windows? This quite possibly could be a shorting issue with the case but usually when that happens the board won't power up at all. Have you tested each hard drive/optical drive to make sure those aren't causing issues? Do you have any card readers plugged in?

Try changing out all the motherboard stands to see if that helps or check to see if they are all firmly screwed in. A loose one could cause a short (it's happened to me a few times).

Let us know

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my friend had a similar issue. it turns out that not ALL of the holes in a motherboard should be used. ONLY the grounded holes with a silver ring on them. also make sure you take out any extra stand offs you may have (they may also short things out) and make sure the case is in good shape (tray isn't bent or anything like that)
 
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