As a introduction, I've been a lurker for a long time now and really enjoy the content. I have a head-scratcher here so I figured this would be the best place to get some ideas! I have been building computers since I was a teenager (27 now), and have been working in the IT field my adult life, so trust me I've been trying all the troubleshooting steps I can think of.
My old computer (Phenom II 955, GTX 460, 2GB RAM, OCZ Vertex SSD) has been very good to me while it lasted. However in the past 6 months I've had issues with Windows randomly shutting down and having corruption on my hard drive. It seemed to ramp up exponentially until it wouldn't even detect my hard drive at all. I was also having some minor issues with USB ports not working, so I figured I'd replace the PSU and SSD.
Got a Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650 as a PSU replacement, and a Mushkin 120GB SSD. The issues started all over again. If I ran a chkdsk on reboot, it would literally scroll TONS of bad files that it was fixing, sometimes in a 2 hour window of the last chkdsk.
At this point I was starting to get frustrated so I thought it may be the raid controller on my motherboard. So, I went out and got a MSI Z77A-G45 with a i3 3220 (I'm on a budget), 8GB DDR3 Ripjaw RAM, and new SATA cables. This was Monday.
Here I am on Thursday, and guess what? Windows started shutting down randomly, and there were tons of hard drive errors until it will no longer even boot into windows (tries to do a repair every time).
The only components that are the same:
Video card (GTX 460)
I'm going to remove my video card when I get home today, reinstall Windows, and see what happens. If this doesn't fix it, I was going to buy a new UPS and power cable and hard drive. If that doesn't work, I'm beating it with a hammer.
The only explanation I have is that my old motherboard messed up my new SSD too.