Okay i have tried to resist coming and asking for help but its now got to the stage that the PC is sending me crazy. Im willing to do anything to fix it from these random crashes.
The PC will randomly just stop doing everything (most times leaving the loading light stuck on). Not responding to anything, not even the power off button, however some times if i leave the PC for say 5minutes, it will jump back alive - move the mouse, play 2seconds of sound.. then whack, back to locked frozen dead.
Iv recently formatted with a retail XP pro disk - still random crashes, the machine is in a cold room and has little signs of overheating (apart from the hard drives) but the machine has crashed only 5mins ago from this post, after being on for no longer than 5mins - everything still cool.
The hardware spec is kidna high for the size off the case (stinky shuttle).
2x 300gig MAXTOR DiamondMax 10 SATA Raid 0,
ATI xt850 PE PCI-E Dual Slot (huge fan),
OCZ PC 3200 512mb Dual CH 3-5-2-6 (Enhanced Latency) - two sticks (1GB Ram),
AMD 3800+ Venice (if i remember right) 2.41 Ghz,
Coolmaster CPU Thermal Compound,
LG Multi DVD-RW/CD-RW,
No floppy drive (for added air space),
350w Shuttle PSU,
Dual monitors - Viewsonic 17" 5ms,
Logitech Wireless MX 1000,
Creative Stereo speakers...
Thats about it i guess, im listing everything i can think of as im wondering perhaps it could be the PSU dying from power consumtion (not sure how PSU will work with power managment etc) because the 3D card eats alot OR like i said heat could be an issue.
The thermal paste was my main worry, so i replaced it with Coolmaster paste only a few weeks ago, didnt fix it. Iv googled my RAM type and checked with compatablity with my setup and AMD 64 - seems to be fine, downloaded memtest (2 programs on boot) and tested RAM, no errors returned.
The only part that gets noticibly hot (from touch test with case lid off) is the hard drives, and there at the top of the case seperate from the rest of the hardware, above the DVD drive.
If anyone has a clue or needs more information please reply, the PC is sending me crazy and for the amount of money i paid for it all, its providing a terrible experiance (kinda wish i stayed with the packard bell intel 4 family PC, ha).
Thanks for the help in advance - Wo33eR
P.S Computer is mainly used for programming, gaming and artwork - Java, Bit torrent (bitcomet), Teamspeak, MSN, Norton, Photoshop and Office are the main programs used daily on the machine (im picking at straws here lol).