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First pc build, freezing before OS installs. Memory problem?

Build:
Motherboard: Gigabyte AMD F2A68HM-H
Multicore CPU: AMD Athlon X4 860K
SSD, Memory: Adata 120 GB Ssd
Graphics Card: XFX Radeon R7 360 by AMD
RAM: Dataram 8Gb
in Rosewill Ultra High Gloss Finished MicroATX Computer Case with 400W ATX 2.2 12V Power Supply, Black R363-M-BK

So, opened BIOS and I saw RAM was there, temp was reading, all the fans were running. I have a USB for Windows and another for Memest. I try to install Windows 10 and it freezes before making it to the purple screen of country selection and whatnot. I run Memtest and it comes back with over 5000 errors. I switch the RAM to the other slot, try Memtest again, but it freezes. I try again, it fails to complete Memtest before freezing. Persist in trying to install Windows 10 and i get this error code 0xC0000221. Something about memory being damaged or missing?

The motherboard was having troubles when intially installing it, maybe that is damaged? It opens BIOS just fine. Do i need different RAM stick? Different Motherboard?

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Ram errors
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Is the RAM I have completely useless? How do i know if the RAM is the problem and not the motherboard? Thank you for the feedback.

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How do you know.

You swap the ram and test.

If the new ram also fails then you move on to the mobo.

You must get memtest to run error free.

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Thanks for the response

Thanks, I'll try it.

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That's a poor choice for the PSU.

"Output: 400W Max.
+3.3V 20A, +5V 14A, +12V1 14A, +12V2 13A, -12V 0.3A, +5VSB 2.5A"

It's split rail and the CPU is 95 Watts (peak) alone. To see if this PSU is right for the task you always pick the lowest rated +12V and see if the entire system can stand on that leg.

12 x 13 = 156 Watts and the CPU cut into that by over half.

The GPU TDP is 100 Watts so I'll change this from poor to a bad choice for the PSU.

You should see any number of issues with this build. The PSU is the foundation of a good PC. This one is just plain bad.

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Solution?

Recommendation for a psu to work for this build? Something for budget.
Thanks for the response.

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Total up the Watts and

Shop for a PSU with a single +12V rail and with a 150% to 200% of that total Watts value. I can't shop for lowest price because I don't know where you are, what sales are on etc.

I also don't know all that your PC will have at the end. You are the PC builder so you must know your gear.

Here's a better PSU. https://www.amazon.com/EVGA-WHITE-Warranty-Supply-100-W1-0500-KR/dp/B00H33SFJU/

And no, if there are other issues with your PC it won't fix them. This just corrects the PSU problem.

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Thx

Thank ya very much

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