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January 6, 2014 2:56:14 PM

Hi, so I've been having problems with a new gaming rig that I built from components I bought from Micro Center back in November. Games would run great, I love this new graphics card. But every once in a while games would crash, sometimes with an error, sometimes without. Sometimes the video card stops and recovers, and sometimes my whole system would crash with a blue screen error 0x50 PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA. I've read that this could be an issue with bad memory, so I ran Memtest86+ 5.01 right after the blue screen, and it found around 118 errors. So then over the last few days ran numerous memory tests, testing each stick in each memory slot, then both (I'm only using DIMM2 and DIMM4 slots) and all of the tests produced no errors (each test ran for at least 8 passes). Could this be a problem with my power supply? That was the only component that I didn't buy new for this build. I've had it for maybe around 3 or 4 years, maybe more. Here are the specs:

Intel i5-4670K 4th gen quad @ 3.4GHz
MSI Z87-G45 GAMING Motherboard
MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB GDDR5
Corsair Vengeance LP 2x4GB (1600MHz, 11-11-11-30)
2TB WD Mainstream Classique HDD 6Gbps
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Thermaltake Commander MS-I Snow Edition ATX Mid-Tower Case

Cooler Master GX Series 650W Power Supply (not new)

I also found out that the RAM I bought is not on the supported RAM list on the MSI Motherboard's website (does this mean anything?) Also, when I run CPU-Z the frequency of the RAM is only running at 800MHz, not its rated 1600MHz. Not sure if this matters either. Any thoughts would be appreciated. I think I'm going to replace that PSU for a new one that is also Haswell supported and one that has an 80+ certification rating.
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a c 87 ) Power supply
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January 6, 2014 3:03:10 PM

That PSU is NOT very good quality.

If the RAM failed memtest, then it is bad for sure.

Your RAM IS running at 1600. It is dual channel so it only displays 800mhz per stick but it really is running fine.
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January 6, 2014 3:47:17 PM

When I ran the marathon of thorough memtests, all of them came up with absolutely no errors; it was only immediately after the Blue Screen that the memtest failed, so could those errors be false positives that the RAM is bad, just because of the system failure possibly due to the PSU?

I should also add that the computer runs fine during every day tasks. Only during playing games does it crash. I monitor the GPU temperatures while I play, and they seem fine. It idles around 28-30 degrees, and plays Battlefield 3 on ultra around 50-60 degrees. Note that the Blue Screen occurred while I was playing this game; happened all of a sudden, was playing great up until the sudden crash.
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a c 87 ) Power supply
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January 6, 2014 3:59:58 PM

Could be a PSU, but a PSU does not cause a blue screen crash, it just shuts the computer right off.
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January 6, 2014 4:14:55 PM

tiny voices said:
Could be a PSU, but a PSU does not cause a blue screen crash, it just shuts the computer right off.


Ah, ok so hopefully I can get replacement RAM that's supported by my motherboard when I go back to Micro Center, seeing as the salesman didn't realize this. I'll also buy a new power supply just in case.
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January 6, 2014 9:47:50 PM

The RAm is 100% supported by the board. That is not the problem AT ALL. The problem is your RAM failed a memtest and even just once this is a sign of bad RAM.
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January 7, 2014 1:35:25 PM

tiny voices said:
The RAm is 100% supported by the board. That is not the problem AT ALL. The problem is your RAM failed a memtest and even just once this is a sign of bad RAM.


So I should still get replacement RAM though. Is it worth buying a new power supply if this one isn't the cause of these problems?
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February 22, 2014 7:05:17 PM

I believe that this PSU, the GX650 Is a pile of cow dung, I'm getting bluescreen crashes from the ntoskrnl.exe and apparently some other guy has this problem too. My school also has this PSU and, believe it or not I find that the school computers receive bluscreens as well.
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February 23, 2014 12:11:45 PM

USe only Corsair, Seasonic, Antec, XFX for PSUs.
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March 1, 2014 11:37:15 AM

I have bought a new PSU, Corsair HX750W, and a new GPU, MSI GTX 760, these problems have gone away; and my computer runs like a champ now. Thanks everyone for your input.
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