I can't figure out what's wrong with my pc

So yesterday I got some new computer parts for Christmas, everything but a GPU and a hard drive, because I had those already. So since it was my first build, and it was in a cheap and tiny case, it took a few hours. So I'm all excited to play games, use the PC etc. But then, it says no boot drive found, so I go and fiddle with the cables,and got that working. Load into windows, very excited. Then I go to display settings, on my way to see if the graphics card was showing up, and the video cuts out. After a few seconds it comes back. Then goes away and comes back a few more times, until I see the post screen(the screen with the red pyramid or whatever). I haven't been able to load into windows really anymore. Now it will be on the windows 10 loading screen, and after a little it'll go blank for 1 second, then come back, but the windows logo has disappeared, and it's just the dots. Sometimes, the screen will go blank and won't come back, other times the dots will freeze in place, and it will restart itself. Please help!
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  1. You need to do a clean install of Windows 10.
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  2. If you did a clean install of windows, did you install the standoffs, before you installed the mobo?
    Reply to Paul NZ
  3. Did you format and reinstall windows?
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  4. I have fresh installed Windows, and there were standoffs preinstalled in the case. Could an extra standoff that doesn't have a screw in it cause the problem?
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  5. List System specs.
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  6. Specs are:
    CPU: Xeon x3430
    Ram: 8gb team Vulcan ddr3 1600mhz
    Mobo: not 100% sure
    GPU: gt 730 2gb 64 bit zone edition
    Hard drive: either a 2.5 inch 1tb Samsung hdd or a 3.5" 500gb hard drive, forget the brand
    Power supply: 450bt from evga
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  7. Did you delete all of the partitions on the HD before installing Windows?
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  8. It's a bit confusing that you say you have a fresh install of Windows, but don't know your motherboard.
    If this is a new motherboard, you HAVE to reinstall Windows or you will have numerous problems.
    Once Windows is installed, you will need to get motherboard drivers (chipset, onboard ound, LAN, etc) from their official site.
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  9. Well I did reinstall Windows, because I thought it was the issue, but I did not delete all the partitions of windows first. How would I go about doing that? I'll get the drivers after I reinstall windows
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  10. Also if it helps, when I reinstalled windows, it would not do it until I started installing you drivers.
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  11. Highlight whatever is in setup click on delete. Then start again
    Reply to Paul NZ
  12. GPU drivers**
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  13. dannydan508 said:
    Well I did reinstall Windows, because I thought it was the issue, but I did not delete all the partitions of windows first. How would I go about doing that? I'll get the drivers after I reinstall windows


    During Windows installation you have the option (*select advanced install) to delete and create partitions on the drive. Format and delete all partitions and create a new one to install Windows.
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  14. dannydan508 said:
    Well I did reinstall Windows, because I thought it was the issue, but I did not delete all the partitions of windows first. How would I go about doing that? I'll get the drivers after I reinstall windows


    Windows 10 will have the MB drivers as it's an old platform.

    Go back in and install Windows 10, boot from the install media, choose advanced install and you will see the hard drive, delete all partitions on the drive.

    Make a new one and continue to install Windows.
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  15. Okay, I will go and do that now.
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  16. So I've done a clean install, deleting partitions aswell, and the issue hasn't started yet, but I did infact get an unexpected kernel trap. When I get home I will install the graphics card drivers again, to see if the issue arises.
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  17. I would download GParted and format the drive (NTFS) using that, make your new partition (ONLY ONE!) and then reinstall Windows. Once you get into windows, make sure you are updating your Windows as well as your GPU drivers.

    It might be a good idea to make sure the GPU card is seated properly as well before you even reinstall Windows. It might also be a good idea to see if you have the same problems if you use the on-board graphics (if your mobo has it).

    Also, make sure your bios is all set up properly for your system configuration.
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  18. So I've narrowed the problem down. Once a fresh install is done, the problem will not happen until I attempt to install the GPU drivers. So something is basically preventing me from installing the drivers.
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  19. Check default display adapter setting in BIOS.
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  20. I probably should've have explained it a bit better. During the installation of the graphics card drivers, the screen will lose signal for a few seconds, then it will just go blank, and it doesn't do anything. I've tried using older drivers as well.

    And if you're asking me to see if it's set to onboard graphics, I don't think this system supports onboard graphics.
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  21. My only theory is that maybe the motherboard cant provide enough power to the GPU?
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  22. dannydan508 said:
    So yesterday I got some new computer parts for Christmas, everything but a GPU and a hard drive, because I had those already. So since it was my first build, and it was in a cheap and tiny case, it took a few hours. So I'm all excited to play games, use the PC etc. But then, it says no boot drive found, so I go and fiddle with the cables,and got that working. Load into windows, very excited. Then I go to display settings, on my way to see if the graphics card was showing up, and the video cuts out. After a few seconds it comes back. Then goes away and comes back a few more times, until I see the post screen(the screen with the red pyramid or whatever). I haven't been able to load into windows really anymore. Now it will be on the windows 10 loading screen, and after a little it'll go blank for 1 second, then come back, but the windows logo has disappeared, and it's just the dots. Sometimes, the screen will go blank and won't come back, other times the dots will freeze in place, and it will restart itself. Please help!

    Tried updating the bios? If that doesn't work remove the bios battery, wait 10 seconds and put it back in. This is a bios battery: http://bit.ly/2E1SzBR Also, make sure you install the chipset drivers before any other drivers!!!!
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  23. So I found out the problem. For some reason, the motherboard cant power the gt 730. I think this has to do with it maybe being pcie1? because I put in my old ATI Radeon HD 2400, and it works just fine. This really sucks because I don't have the money for a new motherboard, and I can hardly run anything on this.

    thanks for everyones help though
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  24. You can find out if your mobo and your graphics card are compatible in the internet. Since you're not sure what your mobo is, download a program like Speccy (free) and it will tell you the make and model of your mobo. https://www.piriform.com/speccy

    Maybe it's not your mobo, maybe it's your PSU. Your GPU specs state that 300W minimum PSU is needed, but that doesn't mean your PSU is working properly or is rated honestly and therefore not delivering what it should.
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  25. cpams322 said:
    You can find out if your mobo and your graphics card are compatible in the internet. Since you're not sure what your mobo is, download a program like Speccy (free) and it will tell you the make and model of your mobo. https://www.piriform.com/speccy

    Maybe it's not your mobo, maybe it's your PSU. Your GPU specs state that 300W minimum PSU is needed, but that doesn't mean your PSU is working properly or is rated honestly and therefore not delivering what it should.

    I got speccy, and the problem is the slot its in. Speccy says its in an AGP 4x slot. I would assume that wouldnt support a gt 730. Also, there isnt another slot to put it in.
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  26. A few post up you listed your specs but said you had no idea what your mobo is.

    dannydan508 said:
    Specs are:
    CPU: Xeon x3430
    Ram: 8gb team Vulcan ddr3 1600mhz
    Mobo: not 100% sure
    GPU: gt 730 2gb 64 bit zone edition
    Hard drive: either a 2.5 inch 1tb Samsung hdd or a 3.5" 500gb hard drive, forget the brand
    Power supply: 450bt from evga


    That is what I told you to use speccy for - to ID your mobo. That is a key piece of info to get in order to find out whether or not you are right in assuming your mobo and GPU are incompatible. You don't need speccy to ID your GPU, you already know what it is. ;)

    BTW: If your mobo has an AGP slot, I'm going to assume it's kinda old. I don't think AGP has been used on mobos for quite a few years now. Besides, your GPU is PCIe according to the manufacturer.
    https://www.zotac.com/us/product/graphics_card/gt-730-2gb-zone-edition
    You can't put a PCIe GPU in an AGP slot without an adapter, as far as I know. If speccy is telling you your PCIe card is in the AGP slot, either speccy is wrong or you have an adapter. If you do have a PCIe to AGP adapter, this could very well be your issue. Never know.

    Speccy can be wrong at times. For instance, it tells me my GPU is in a "Proprietary" x1 slot but clearly it is a PCIe x16 slot.
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  27. Well the person that I got the motherboard off of was on eBay, and speccy doesn't list a name, or model, it's just called Intel h55 or something

    On the actual board itself, there's 0 branding.
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  28. Download CPU-Z and see if it gives you a mobo ID.
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