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June 9, 2012 4:13:22 AM

Hello everyone. I have started to have a weird problem with my RAM.

I was running 2x4gb in slots 1-2 and 2x2gb in slots 3-4.

I started to get BSOD when loading Guild Wars 2 and other random times.

I pulled slots 3-4 and kept 1-2. still BSOD.

I moved the 2x4gb sticks to slot 3-4 and the BSOD does not happen.....

Now i have slots 1-2 open but i dont think my mobo support dual chann this way.

Anyone have any idea what could be going on? could this be a bios setting? or mobo problem?

Thanks!


MOBO MSI 790fx-GD70
Ram both pc3-12800 7-7-7-20 mushkin enhanded black line 4gbx2 AND mushkin enhanded black line 2gbx2 (not installed ATM)

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a b } Memory
June 9, 2012 4:30:48 AM

Read your mobo manual carefully. In many motherboards dual-channel RAM runs in every other slot, not consecutive slots.
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June 9, 2012 4:40:34 AM

first check that the mb bios is up to date and there no patches for ram. asus tech said this on a forum and is smart..you cant tell if it a dimm or aa bad ram slot till you run memtest on one stick of ram that known good then move that stick to a slot you think is having an issues. if it passes then add another dimm. have that one change to one of the slots. if the slots look fine then check the new ram and old ram with cpu-z to see what the spd info is of both rams. sometimes with mb the voltage or timing needs to be changed or set to xmp mode. if the ram is fine it could be that one ram stick is 1/2 the side of the other. on your mb they may have to be two match sets of ram.
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June 9, 2012 1:21:35 PM

I have ran memtest on both sticks of ram when they are in slots 1-2.

As for Kajabla i have red the manual and it shows dual channel is slots 1-2.

You can see it here in on page 2-6.
http://www.msi.com/service/download/manual-9894.html

I will check out my BIOS next and update them.

Thank you for the help.
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June 9, 2012 2:32:29 PM

so. i pulled all my ram. Put each stick 1 at a time into dimm1. ran the windows memory diag tool. no errors found on all sticks.

plug a stick into dimm2 and BAM hardware errors.....

Looks like the perfect time to upgrade my mobo and processor.

thanks for the help everyone.
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a b } Memory
June 9, 2012 3:19:15 PM

What's your current processor?
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June 9, 2012 5:46:49 PM

kajabla said:
What's your current processor?


AMD 965
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a b } Memory
June 9, 2012 5:49:43 PM

OK. This is starting to become a new build thread. What are your full current specs, and how much are you willing to spend on the upgrade?
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June 9, 2012 5:54:09 PM

kajabla said:
OK. This is starting to become a new build thread. What are your full current specs, and how much are you willing to spend on the upgrade?


LOL.
i have
1000w PSU
2x2gb ram pc-12800
2x4gb ram pc-12800
dual 1TB WD HDD
Dual 6950 XFX 2GB EA GPU's

I was going to get the below parts for the upgrade.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thoughts?
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a b } Memory
June 10, 2012 12:23:28 AM

What's the brand on the PSU?
You definitely need a -K processor (unlocked for overclocking). The 3570K's probably your best bet.
Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I don't even really have a good reason for recommending ASRock over Biostar. I just think of it as a more reputable brand. You'd probably be fine with either. The ASRock does save you $20, though.
Nice SSD. If you feel like going slightly cheaper, go for the Crucial M4 for $40 less. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 10, 2012 2:23:49 PM

I think I want to stick with the 2011 socket type. Just for more future options.

That would then give me a jump to a 3930k.

GPU is a Bronze Rosewell.

I was also thinking about getting a PCI-E SSD for boot instead of the regular SSD.

Ill let you know what route I take.

Thank you.
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a b } Memory
June 10, 2012 4:48:29 PM

Future-proofing with a $600 processor is counter-intuitive. It won't save you money in the long run over a 3570K and a $120 motherboard (ASRock Z68 Extreme3).
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June 10, 2012 5:50:54 PM

kajabla said:
Future-proofing with a $600 processor is counter-intuitive. It won't save you money in the long run over a 3570K and a $120 motherboard (ASRock Z68 Extreme3).


True... but i really dont have a budget for the computer. Maybe I'll hold off untill the next 2011 processors come out and see if the price goes down on the 3930k
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