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Patriot DDR3 1333MHz 6GB Gives me constant beeping alert from motherboard

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September 10, 2013 2:35:46 PM

After 1 weeks of running, my pc started to give a continue "beep" alert every time I started a game (eg. Dota2, Mass Effect 3).

I did a few test:
-Furtest, GPU benchmark. Beeping sound was never heard while only GPU was under stress. No temperature warning, no nothing.
-Moving huge loads of data on HD and SSD: Beepend 1 second in a 20min of test.
-MemTest, RAM speed test. If asked to test 400mb of RAM, beeps often and at 90% start a continuous beep. If more instances of the test are open (as it is usally done to test all RAM at once) a continuous beep start as soon as the third instance is started.

By this I thought my problem was in my RAM.

This platform has been running since 2009, and a week ago I changed a few components (RAM from 3x1gb 1033MHz to 3x2gb 1333MHz; GPU from gtx 260 to gtx 760; added one SSD 180GB). Also to note I just moved the rig to another town so it could have got some concussions, but I doubt it.

Now, I'm quite far from home so I dont have many spare parts to try what's wrong in my machine, and I'd like to know if the problem really is in the ram before going to the shop to have it replaced.

SPECS:

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
MOTHERBOARD: Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P
CPU: QuadCore Intel Core i7 920, 2800 MHz (21 x 133)
GPU: Gainward GTX 760 Phantom
RAM: Patriot DDR3 1333MHz 6GB
PSU: Thermaltake 775W

Drive #1 - WDC WD15EARS-00MVWB0 (1397 GB)
Drive #2 - INTEL SSDSC2CT180A4 (167 GB)

edit: the "beeps" does not match any code or follow any pattern, so I dont think it is a motherboard issue. Also PSU has been somewhat problematic on this machine, but after the installation of this 775W everything ran just fine for years.
a c 241 } Memory
September 10, 2013 2:47:24 PM

Doubt it is the ram, could be some kind of warning. Check all your connections and that all fans are spinning.
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September 10, 2013 2:50:51 PM

pull out 1 stick at a time and check. that motherboard for 3 channel mode, the ram should be in slots 1,3,5, just an FYI.
Did the ram work after you put it in at all? you don't mention that or did it stop working aftering being moved?
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September 11, 2013 1:28:09 AM

getochkn said:
pull out 1 stick at a time and check. that motherboard for 3 channel mode, the ram should be in slots 1,3,5, just an FYI.
Did the ram work after you put it in at all? you don't mention that or did it stop working aftering being moved?


Slots are the right ones, and I checked every ram individually but the problem is still there. (I put every ram in the first slot and checked with MemTest in turns)

Ram works fine, the only thing is this warning. Eg. MemTest find no errors and games plays well, but I'm worried about the alert sound.
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September 11, 2013 1:30:03 AM

rolli59 said:
Doubt it is the ram, could be some kind of warning. Check all your connections and that all fans are spinning.


I checked every connection to the motherboard and every fan. I pulled out every component and put it back in to be sure.
Alert sound is still there.
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September 11, 2013 5:24:03 AM

Have you checked your temps and BIOS settings for those?
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September 11, 2013 7:39:37 AM

rolli59 said:
Have you checked your temps and BIOS settings for those?


Temps stays low, way below BIOS setting for a warning alarm.
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September 11, 2013 7:59:32 AM

I am lost, if you have bad ram you should have start up problems and BSOD's.
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September 11, 2013 8:34:08 AM

*sigh* sorry rolli, but your advice about temperature was right. CPU dissipator is partially detached and last time I checked temperatures it was ok because I put the pc horizontaly. Now I checked temps again and noticed that this time they where damn too high, 69° on startup, with 70° as bios waringi level. I'll try to put it back in place, and report back the problem asap.
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September 11, 2013 8:58:59 AM

Detached Dissipator, that was the problem. Luckily I got some thermal paste at hand and I can fix it with no further ado. I'm sorry about the fuss I raied for this but thanks to everyone for the help.
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