I just recently replaced my old OEM IBM motherboard and processor. I jumped from a 1.8Ghz pentium 4 to a 3.0Ghz pentium 4. I installed a gig of corsair ram, and the motherboard is Gigabyte brand (dont have the exact board here while i'm at school). Also installed an x850xt pe agp card (i know agp is going out but i dont want to lose this card yet). The problem is when i was booting the system i would get to the bios and then the computer would restart. AFter about 3 hours i finally got into the system and began updating drivers for my graphics card, and running windows update. The computer restarted on me close to 15 times, whenever i'd load a driver cd and the computer was "processing" alot of information. I finally got all the drivers installed and it seems to be stable now.
The problem is i would think i could run F.E.A.R or Half Life 2 at relatively high settings with this set up. The game still stutters a little bit. I did a repair install of windows xp pro. Any one have any idea what might be causing the stutter during these 2 games?
Thanks for your help. Also does any one have any idea why my computer was restarting soo much when trying to install the drivers? This drove me nutz and although its fixed, i would like to trouble shoot the cause.