New build freezing at start-up: possible PSU or RAM issue?

By christian1213
Jun 14, 2010
  1. Hello all,

    Been a niggling issue for a while, just gotten around to dealing with the problem. These are my system specifications:

    Intel Core 2 Duo 3 GHz Processor
    Gygabyte GA-EP35-DS3
    Indescribable RAM/Two sticks
    Very generic 400W PSU
    Nvidia 8400GS Card (to be replaced with something better anyway)

    The computer will boot from the Windows XP install CD, go through the formatting/extracting without issue. However, when it reboots to enter the actual system install screens (when it gets graphical), it freezes and hangs.

    Could this be a weak PSU issue, or perhaps because the RAM is crappy?

    Thanks for all inputs! :)
  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,984   +72

    We're assuming that this generic power supply came with the case. If so with few exceptions a power supply that comes with a case is of very poor quality and rarely supplies the power it promises to deliver.

    A poor power supply will cause many system issues.

    If you want to find the make of your RAM download the free and safe utility SIW and it will tell you the make of your RAM and all kinds of other information of your system as well.
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