Question New PC build cannot get past Windows Install, bootloop problem

Dec 2, 2021
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I just recently put together a new PC with all new parts besides my GPU, which I got used to save money. I can boot into the BIOS just fine, and I have tried installing Windows through a USB, which I can confirm works because I helped a friend reinstall Windows using the same USB. However, every time I try to install Windows on my own PC, it bootloops on me after loading the initial install screen to select the drive or enter the product key. I have tried everything from reseating my RAM sticks, reseating my CPU, using one RAM stick at a time with each stick, performing a memtest, and I get the same result every time. I've checked and made sure all of my pins on the cpu and motherboard are straight, I took the motherboard out of the case to test for standoff shorting. I even bought a hard drive, since I was originally trying to install to an SSD with M.2 in case my SSD was faulty, and the hard drive didn't solve my problem either. My motherboard is from MSI, so I tried contacting MSI's tech support to see if my motherboard was the issue, and they told me my RAM sticks weren't compatible with my CPU, so I then bought new compatible RAM sticks, and I got the same result. There are some occasions where it will stay on long enough to let me select the drive to download to, and then restart in the middle of the install, corrupting the drive and forcing me to wipe the drive completely. I have gone through trial and error for a very frustrating month, I've asked friends who are good with PC's and they are stumped as well, and I'm about ready to throw in the towel after wasting about $1000...

Here's a list of my parts:
MOBO: MSI B550M PRO-VDH WIFI Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard
CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3300X 3.8 GHz Quad-Core Processor
RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory
SSD: Western Digital Blue SN550 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 500 GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB ARMOR OC Video Card
PSU: SeaSonic CORE GX 500 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply
Case: DIYPC Silence ATX Mid Tower Case
 

Colif

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Dec 2, 2021
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So I assume memtest shows no errors? I was going to get you to run it

Try running Prime 95 bootable - https://www.infopackets.com/news/10113/how-fix-bootable-prime95-stress-test-hardware

Prime 95 how to Guide: http://www.playtool.com/pages/prime95/prime95.html

latest bios on motherboard?

could run ubuntu and see if it sees any problems with parts- https://ubuntu.com/tutorials/create-a-usb-stick-on-windows#1-overview
Yes, I ran the memtest already and it passed all of the tests, no issues came up. I updated the bios to the latest version 7C95v28 as well, so it's not the bios. I'll try your other suggestion though and see what happens
 
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So I finally got around to trying the Prime 95 boot to test my pc, and it freezes and won't let me initialize any tests. What does this mean? Is this an issue with my motherboard or my cpu?
 
Dec 2, 2021
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So I assume memtest shows no errors? I was going to get you to run it

Try running Prime 95 bootable - https://www.infopackets.com/news/10113/how-fix-bootable-prime95-stress-test-hardware

Prime 95 how to Guide: http://www.playtool.com/pages/prime95/prime95.html

latest bios on motherboard?

could run ubuntu and see if it sees any problems with parts- https://ubuntu.com/tutorials/create-a-usb-stick-on-windows#1-overview
So now I've tried both Prime 95 and unbuntu. Prime 95 wouldn't let me select any kind of test and would freeze before giving me the chance. And unbuntu would do the same as Windows install and reboot while attempting to start setup. I don't know if this is caused by my cpu, motherboard, or my RAM.
 

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