PC won't boot Windows every other time.

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mrbrownstone

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I have recently built a PC with the following components:
MSI P965 Neo-F
Intel Core2Duo e6300
1gb Generic PC5400 DDR2
Nvidia 7600GT Graphics
Seagate 80gb SATA Drive
Antec Basiq 350w PSU

When I first built it a few months ago there were no problems. Then it started to BSOD on startup saying that various system files were unavailable and a reset fixed it but then it failed to boot all together. I read somewhere on the net that the Jmicron SATA controller on the board was not particularly good so I plugged the drive into one of the SATA sockets that used the Intel ICH8 chip and did a clean install of windows; this fixed it for a couple of weeks and now it's started to BSOD on startup again.

The RAM is fine because I did an extremely long memory test using a linux boot cd and it passed all of the tests. When I did the clean install of windows I ran an instance of prime95 for each core for a few hours and had no stability problems so I can't see how it can be the processor or power supply. I'm out of ideas, has anyone here got any?

Thanks in advance
mrbrownstone
 
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im and no pro and u might want to get a seccond oppion but i think that it might be the mother board. If two sata sockets have gone bad it could be the board or just that section of the board. but like i said im no pro. it could also be the drivers going bad.
 
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I am not quite certain what you checked ram with but I would not be using generic ram on a 965 chipset, that is fussy enough on known brands and this just feels like a ram issue.
 
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ok i am in CET2 and i know a lot about hardware so explain to me what is going on with the BSoD and how the ram is causing it.
 

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I have just played for a few hours on Unreal Tournament G.O.T.Y on the PC and it BSODed. So it is obviously not just a startup issue. Do you still think it's a P965 memory issue? If so I might try some OCZ from another PC I have in it and see what happens. I might also try another power supply if that doesn't work. But it just seems so random for a motherboard issue. Does anyone else have any ideas or opinions?
 
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