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Well, I removed/eliminated the problem HDD from my system and am using the other 2 drives only now. Reinstalled Windows but now system keeps freezing after just a few minutes. Any ideas on how I can diagnose what it might be? The Event Viewer shows a couple of errors, but they aren't the same things repeating...

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You NEED another PSU! 430W is not enough to power up your board! You need a true 24Pin, 480W, 30A on 12V rail PSU to properly power up the board not talking about all the stuff you got in your system! Check out the DFI recommended PSU link in my sig for help! :) If you got the $ you can go for the PC Power & Cooling but a good OCZ PSU will do it as well and leaves you some money for a GPU upgrade ;) Check out the PSU I got it has been running my set up for more than 1 Year (24/7) now and I never had any problems with it!

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That won't happen for another month, sadly, if then, as I don't have any money. My last problem was a bad HDD and intermittent Molex "Y" splitter.

 

Sure, there is no doubt that I need a better supply, but according to online calculators my 430 is "technically" producing enough amps on the 12VDC. If it was overloading it, I would see a major voltage drop on the +12VDC in one of my system monitoring programs, and actually the voltage stays ABOVE +12VDC by a tiny bit!

 

I don't think that is my problem. Yes, no way will I argue with you that it is very important for me to get a supply off of the list, but I don't think that is my immediate issue, sure, it might be, but the system isn't crashing now, it is locking up.

 

I am trying one more reinstall, I might have messed something up with the install. I will run it with minimal stuff on it for a while and see how it does.

 

My other Molex "Y" splitter might be bad too, I have ordered some replacements.

 

My problem is I have like nearly no income right now, it sucks but it is just for now.

 

What if I were to hold off on getting the PCP&C and get a more modest model, something less than $100, what would you recommend? I could always sell it...

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A week ago I ran memtest from BIOS load for about 1/2 hour only, but it was ok. Yeah, I am thinking that the stock settings is another thing. A while back some of the guys linked me to some threads with settings to try, but some of the settings listed on the page are listed differently in my BIOS so I don't know how to interpret them.

 

That OCZ looks good, I have looked at it before, but I was thinking of getting that cheapest Sparkle, Fortron, or Enermax that are listed. All of them have seen price hikes, but are still around 80+ dollars. I want to get the least expensive and sell it and then upgrade to the PCP&C.

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"Sure, there is no doubt that I need a better supply, but according to online calculators my 430 is "technically" producing enough amps on the 12VDC."

 

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

 

i have seen a lot of users fall into this reasoning. you have a DFI, it is a power hungry board, if would behoove you to get a recommended PS, or,

 

you can keep the PS you have and keep asking questions about this hiccup and that hiccup.

 

the PS i would get is the 520w SLI ready OCZ unit, i think zipzoomfly had them on sale for about $100................

 

Sparkle and Fortron are made by the same company, i have used them in the past with no problems, just not on a DFI setup.....

 

if you want to play, expect to invest a bit.....

 

laterz,

 

baldy

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with the rebate coupon that 600 watt OCZ SLI unit is $89.99...............I paid around $120 each for the 520 units I have, got them before the prices dropped a bit, @$90 it is a very good dealio on that 600w unit..............

 

as far as this comment goes>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

 

"I understand that I HAVE TO get a new supply, but you could be nicer about telling me."

 

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

 

you have posted all sorts of stuff with OS install errors (memory problems?, now the PS), many have already told you your PS is very suspect from the very beginning, a lot of this stuff is just defiance on your part, so i have decided to cop a small attitude with you...........

 

you have a nice setup in progress, many here are envious of what you already have, lots of nice expensive 'goodies' that will maximize your experience (a very detailed 'see what I have' listing), and once you save up for a proper PS............... a lot of your problems will go away......it is kinda interesting that on one hand your signature screams 'expensive', yet you sound like you don't have two cents to rub together, trying to figure that one out...........

 

laterz,

 

baldy

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Some people just come off as arrogant and snobbish , it's hard to interpret a series of text without be able to hear voice tone or facial expressions.

If you can , you may wish to re-run your memtest program and let it run overnight, perhaps as long as 8 hours.

 

Folks like to pick on a user's power supply(myself included) as the usual suspect in a botched or error filled set-up. It does not mean it really could be the cause.

That link CP gave you is a very nice price for a very nice power supply that will eliminate any doubt regarding power supply issues.

The fun part of overclocking and building PCs is the trouble-shooting you may encounter.

 

Don't worry, we will help you the best we can and I appologize if you feel a bit "put off" by some of the comments posted.

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