Hello. Recently, I decided to build a new, more powerful PC for myself so I could render 3D graphics effectively, but I've been running into a few problems along the way.
The following components are in my custom built machine (operating system of choice is Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit):
AMD Phenom II x6 1100T Processor w/ Heatsink fan.
MSI 880GM-E43 Motherboard. Has on-board audio/video.
1x4GB (Was 8GB, but one 4gb stick contained 7 errors) DDR3 1333 RAM.
500GB Seagate Barracuda HDD. Factory Refurbished.
The latter mentioned has been properly installed in my PC case, however I am experiencing the following issues when installing and running Windows:
-Clean install of windows on my hdd often fails during setup (error messages appear saying that the data being accessed may be corrupt or windows fails to configure final changes at the end of the installation). The failure usually happens when windows is expanding the files for setup.
-If the install is successful, Windows' tasks and operations behave abnormally. Installing drivers
for the motherboard may fail, or background processes crash (e.g. explorer.exe). In addition, web browers (IE, Firefox, Chrome) constantly crash without warning when surfing the web. At first, I thought it was because the system is 64bit, but I reinstalled using Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit and XP Home Edition 32bit and both showed similar issues. They even blue screened a couple times. I looked up the stop codes and they seem to be related to hardware issues. If memory serves me right, the last code was:
After running some diagnostics, I've come to a conclusion that it's not a software issue. Also, the installation discs are not damaged in any way. I've tested them multiple times on my virtual machine and they have always been successful, and they performed just fine (no crashes, etc). I ran memtest on each of my RAM sticks and, as I mentioned previously, one contained 7 errors so I removed it. I also ran chkdsk and results came clean. All that's left is the processor and motherboard. I'm sure the processor is fine, because it's not over-heating or rebooting my system randomly.
All that's left is the motherboard, but I'm not sure what could be wrong. According to the specs and user reviews, a six core processor can be ran on it. I flashed the bios to make sure it was up to date to support a six core or to see if that would help, but to no avail. My plans are to return it and try another, but I figured I could get some input from you guys here before doing all that. See if this issue can be corrected at all.
If I forgot any information, let me know. I'm pretty stumped by this, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
*My apologies if this is in the wrong section.