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August 20, 2013 2:23:55 PM

Recently I purchased and built myself a Tom's Hardware build (this one, to be exact) and was quite pleased with it.

I wish that was all I had to say, but a couple weeks ago the thing just decided it was going to freeze randomly. No reason whatsoever for the change, it just started. Usually it only freezes when I start up a game, but at times it has frozen while viewing Youtube videos, surfing the web, or just starting up the machine. And sometimes it doesn't freeze at all for a whole day.

I have tried memtest (it froze during that, apparently marking it as a hardware issue) and replacing the PSU (didn't help at all, forty bucks down the drain :pfff:  ). Please help, I find it increasingly difficult to use my machine :( 
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August 20, 2013 2:37:43 PM

see if you can get memtest running when the pc isnt giving you any trouble. results?

do a hd test as well.

freezing up can often be bad ram or a failing hd. the good thing is that your parts should all be under a warranty.

of course it could be a strange software glitch so before you assume hardware try a system restore to before you started having issues. if that doesnt work then do a fresh reinstall after wiping the hdd with a format. if that doesnt work then pursue the hardware components.
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August 21, 2013 5:53:24 AM

Alright, I've run memtest and it has come up with a whole slew of Errors; I'm assuming that's the RAM at fault, what now?
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August 21, 2013 7:09:43 AM

well your ram should have a warranty so RMA with the manufacturer and get some new ram.

before you do that though run memtest on each and every stick with only 1 installed at a time to see which sticks are bad. you may only have one, or they may all be bad. hard to say without testing.

i would run a hard drive test as well just to check it out once you get the new ram.
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August 21, 2013 7:18:27 AM

Also, confirm your BIOS memory settings are compatible with the memory. If you have a safe settings option in BIOS, try that with each stick.
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August 21, 2013 7:29:39 AM

Running memtest with each stick gives no errors, except when one of them is in the second RAM slot on the motherboard. Could the slot be faulty or dirty?
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August 21, 2013 8:26:50 AM

Mycrodeeth said:
Running memtest with each stick gives no errors, except when one of them is in the second RAM slot on the motherboard. Could the slot be faulty or dirty?

Does that motherboard have specific rules around which slots should be used when 2 sticks are installed? If not, then it sounds like the ram slot is faulty.
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August 22, 2013 3:41:51 AM

I do not believe it has any such rules; at any rate, I've now got the problem fixed. Thanks for the help all!
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