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Built a new computer, freeze's up for no reason

heres my build

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Processor
Asus P5N-E SLI Motherboard
OCZ SLI-Ready Edition Dual Channel PC6400 DDR2 800MHz x4 = 4gb ram
Masscool 8W553 / Socket 775 / Aluminum / CPU Cooling Fan
PNY GeForce 9600 GT Video Card - 512MB GDDR3
500 gb seagate sata internal HDD
Sony DVD-ROM reader
windows xp home

installing windows xp on the computer was hard. it kept freezing up. i removed 2 ram cards leaving 2gb left and the system still froze but not as often. the case came with a 450 watt powersupply, and i dont believe thats bad. i need help badly! please email me with answers asap.

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sorry wrong cooling unit

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Masscool 8W501B1M3G / Socket 775 / Intel Prescott / Copper Core / CPU Cooling Fan

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check first

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Firstly, whether the memories are the same, whether they are compatible?
Check whether there are bad sectors in your hard drive.
Check whether the installation CD is OK.

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the installitation cd is fine, i used it on a different computer and it works fine. the ram does indeed work with the motherboard as i have looked this up already, the HDD is brand new as of today so that cant be it

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Well, I'd say you've got a rather hefty CPU in there and then also a pretty high end video card, so that will all be producing quite a bit of heat. If you don't have sufficient airflow inside your system case, freezing is one of the things I would expect. It's not freezing so much as the video card locking up giving the impression that the entire system has locked up.

Start by running the system with the side cover off and see if it eliminates, or at least reduces, the problem.

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generic PSU

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Make sure the power supply has more than 26 amps on the 12v rail. Check the label on the PSU. If its a generic power supply you may have to invest in a new (better quality)one. Also just a reminder
Windows XP won't recognize all 4 gb's of ram unless its a 64 bit version.

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