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This is my first ever computer build. I really have no idea what I am doing so I just kind of went for something super cheap (but also wanted Wi-Fi enabled on the MoBoard). I also installed a Linux OS on it to play around with Linux.

The goal is to learn Linux, but the computer keeps freezing. I would say if I run it any longer than 10ish minutes it just freezes and I have to shut it off by killing the power. Is this a hardware issue? Do I need a dedicated graphics card or more RAM?

Criticism is welcome. I am a complete rookie.

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  • 59 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice first try! What distribution of Linux are you using? (Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Arch, ect.) If your using a heavier distribution, like Ubuntu or Debian, your lack of RAM may be the problem. I would suggest using a light weight distribution like Elementary OS, or getting another stick of RAM. This is what first came to mind but I have other ideas as to what went wrong. Let me know!

A couple side notes for next time- You went a bit over kill on the power supply... Probably not using near 600 watts. 1 TB of hard drive may be a bit over kill as well... Depending on what your using your computer for

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm running a Linux Mint distribution, so I'm not sure how heavy it is (I'm not totally new to Linux, but I've never looked at it from a hardware perspective before).

I'll get more RAM to try and solve the issue - I'll let you know if it works.

I know some of the hardware was a bit overkill (specifically the HDD and PSU), but they weren't much more expensive than their cheaper counterparts and I figured I could reuse the parts in a more expensive, nicer build later on.

Thanks for all of your input!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

So I upgraded to 8GB of RAM and the computer still freezes. Does that mean it's a heat issue? I just used the stock cooler, and it snapped into place, so I never applied any thermal paste. I'm guessing that's my next step.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

You could do with more RAM but that's probably not the reason. What are your temps?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Haven't checked the temps yet (I'll get back to you - probably tomorrow), but how would I solve an overheating issue?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Get a cooler to replace the stock cpu cooler. I recommend a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds possibly like an overheating issue

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't checked the temps yet, but if it is an overheating issue, what do you recommend to solve it? I already have 3 fans running and no graphics card....

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

if you have the stock heatsink on your CPU, then it might be that you need thermal paste. Other than that I know less about linux than you do :D. 8GB of RAM is definitely a sweet spot and a good starting point for a future nicer build if you do decide to do that though.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely make sure you have thermal paste first. On the stock cpu cooler it should com pre-applied, but still check

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I never applied any thermal paste, and the cooler just snapped into place, so I'm guessing I should re attach it with some thermal paste?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I had that issue before when upgrading my parents older hardware. When I ran memtest, the test would come back clean. But for some reason when I took the new RAM modules out of the PC everything was fine. But the computer was randomly freezing up from failing ram. Hopefully I helped...

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

you could probably clean up that cableage some with a couple of zipties for the more professional effect, it will also improve airflow space

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Sinds you say you are a rookie, i am gonna ask. Did u use thermal compount? And sinds u did not listed you're cpu (i've guest u salvaged it from an older pc and took the cooler with it), are al the pins from the cooler intact? They need to be placed all correctly or you´re pc would not cool correctly. first put them through the holes before u push the locks down.

And it might not even been a heating problem.. You can use an Aida 64 like program to test the CPU. And Google for an memory test (i don't have experience with that one).

And airflow wont be a problem. 3 fans in this system is a bit overkill (but that is not bad, because u can put the speed low for silent and cool usage).

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

May have to do a reinstall of the OS, I imagine you used Unetbootin and the "Qiana" distro. when booting from USB/Disk make sure you hit tab and enter "nomodeset" at the end of the command lines, then once the OS has loaded load the GPU driver manually. More common with the Nvidia GTX series but can happen with the new APU's. Also could try the Zorin Core 9 OS for more of a "Windows while being Linux" distro. Secondly.. I hate to say it but use Chrome for flash based apps if not in the technical knowledge to use GNASH. Have fun, hope this helps