cant figure out what part is messed up
Ran into some problems about a month back, long story short i moved and power outlet in my new place had a 2-3prong converter, but didnt have ground connected so it ended up frying the motherboard and my graphics card (maybe more).
Before system ran stable, specs were:
Abit VT7 mobo
P4 "C" 2.8 ghz northwood w/ HT
80 gig maxtor HD IDE
Gf4 6600 gfx card AGP 8x 256mb
2x512 Mushkin DC ddr400
since i knew motherboard/gfx card were definately dead (due to lock up before even being able to get into bios, and testing gfx card in different computer) i ordered a new mobo, ASUS p4v8x-mx and use the onboard video.
looking at specs it seemed compatible with my cpu. only issue was that from various sites some said it only supported ddr333 some said ddr400. after getting it, manual says it only supports ddr333 but sticker with specs on outside says ddr400. i plug in one of my memory sticks, try to boot up, keeps restarting, and eventually harddrive stops being detected by bios or boot or anything. i then plug in a different harddrive, try formatting and installing winXP pro, keeps freezing during installation. havent got past this yet.
main question is... could the initial power overload to my computer have messed up more than just my mobo/gfx card, or is the ram causing it to freeze? and if its not the ram inconsistency how do i test if the ram/cpu is actually damaged? or the PSU?