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Just Built Computer - When started up, shuts down randomly

By Renny
Nov 15, 2008
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  1. Hello,

    Today get the parts to build my own computer, ive set everything up (put it all together) and connected all the wires in to the correct sockets (read the manuels on what goes where).

    When i started it up after about 30secs while trying to install the OS it shutsdown.
    the

    PSU is 800W, this is more then enough right?

    Heres a list of the parts:
    CORSAIR 2X2GB DDR3
    GEFORCE GTX 280
    INTEL QUAD CORE Q6600
    CREATIVE XTREME MUSIC
    800WATT POWER SUPPLY
    ANTEC TWELVE HUNDRED ULTIMATE
    SAMSUNG 22X DVD+/-R/RW/RAM SATA

    Im not sure if its a overheat or lack of power, or even if it is any of them.

    Furthermore when i installed the CPU and closed the housing it seemed a bit...tight :S a bit to tight in all fairness.

    Please help me, i have no idea =[

    Thanks,
    Renny
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,836   +164

    I have the same processor. Did you use the stock CPU heatsink/fan assembly? The one with plastic pins sticking through the motherboard? Did you use thermal paste between the heatsink and the CPU? Try resetting the CMOS on the motherboard
  3. Renny

    Renny TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ive used the fan that came with the CPU

    As for the thermal paste i dont have any, unless your on about the underside of the fan, or isnt that thermal paste? in which case it has it on.

    Plus when i try to push all the pins down to attact the fan to the motherboard i dont think their all close right "/ or when i puch one down, one pops off and that... ><
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,836   +164

    That is the problem... You have to make sure that all 4 of the pins are locked into the motherboard. You use a flat-blade screwdriver and twist the locking mechanism about half a turn each using moderate pressure. If the heatsink has a grey pad in the center, you may have to remove all that grey stuff and go to Radio Shack and get some thermal paste to apply between the CPU and its heatsink. After a few failed attempts to attach the heatsink, the grey stuff gets rubbed off. You might consider getting a 3rd party heatsink like the ZeroTherm Nirvana. It has a metal plate that you screw metal screws into. It is much easier to install

    The ZeroTherm Nirvana:
    http://www.anandtech.com/casecoolingpsus/showdoc.aspx?i=3202
  5. Renny

    Renny TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thank you very much, ive managed to attach the fan that came with it by doing what you said

    "You use a flat-blade screwdriver and twist the locking mechanism about half a turn each using moderate pressure"

    Worked perfectly!

    again thank you =]

    Renny
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,836   +164

    So the computer runs stable now?
  7. Renny

    Renny TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It runs, but now im having problem installing the Windows XP OS

    Whenever i try and install, it comes up saying i need to put in a different Windows, and then upgrade to Windows XP using the Windows XP disk :S
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,836   +164

    Boot off your original Windows XP disc. When you get to the "agreement" screen press F8 and on the next screen select "delete this partition and install Windows fresh" or something like that. Continue to delete the partition and format and begin the XP install
  9. malisha

    malisha TS Rookie

    My pc also shuts down randomly, can it be because of the cooler system?
  10. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,836   +164

    Most likely malisha, you have a lot of dust and dirt inside your computer or the fans may be bad or dirty too
  11. malisha

    malisha TS Rookie

    Oh thank you for quick responce!!
    Can I clean the fans myself?
     
  12. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,836   +164

    Yes, remove a side of the case and turn on the computer. Check to see that all the fans are turning. If you see that any of the fans aren't turning, that fan will need to be replaced. Use an old toothbrush loosen dust and a vacuum cleaner to remove as much dust as you can
  13. malisha

    malisha TS Rookie

    Thank for the great advice!!
    I will tell you later if it works!!!
    Thank again!
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