You got errors when running memtest... Right there that isn't a good sign for the hardware. You can try confirming the voltage is set properly (don't rely on Auto in the BIOS) and see if things are different. ...or bump the ram voltage a LITTLE past the 1.5v spec. G.SKILL Ripjaws Series memory is good stuff, but that doesn't mean it isn't bad.
So the voltage was set to auto, and I couldn't tell what it was setting it to, so I just manually set it to 1.5V. I was able to get past the user creation step and get into Windows, but while I was trying to download my videocard drivers, Windows was saying something like, the system has had an error and needs to shut down.
So then I tried to set my timing again, and this time I was able to get it to come up after I set the timing. What's weird is, when I hit f5 in the BIOS, it still says my timing is 9-9-9-24 even though I have it set as 8-8-8-24.
I ran memtest again and it passed without any errors! Wonderful!
So I figure I'd start from fresh and reinstall windows with these new settings. While it was trying to extract the files it gave me this BSOD and stopped:
So I ran memtest on both sticks individually and they're both giving me failing addresses.
I did notice that memtest was now showing my timing as 8-8-8-24 which is good, but when I go into the BIOS and hit F5, that memory-z thing is still showing 9-9-9-24.
Do I need to RMA the ram? This is already the second pair of ram that I've gotten. I tried some DDR3 1600 ram and that was giving me the same issue. If I did RMA this ram, should I get a different kind? Shouldn't this RAM be compatible with the system?
I sent MSI support an email. They asked me to take the motherboard out of the case and try it on a non-conductive surface to test for any grounding issues. I did this, but memtest still gave me errors. I sent the motherboard back to NewEgg and will be getting a replacement. Hopefully it was the motherboard all along.