M5A97 & Samsung Ram

Hi all. I've had a dreaded "Display driver stopped responding and recovered error" since I built this system a couple of weeks ago. Here are the current specs

Asus M5A97
Samsung DDR3 8gb (2x4gb)
OCZ 750W 80+ Silver PSU
Asus Radeon HD 7870
AMD FX-8120 3.1Ghz

After trying formats, reinstalls, etc, I exchanged both the PSU and video card. So all that's left is the motherboard and memory. I know that Samsung isn't on the "certified" list for this mobo, but would that cause a problem with the display drivers crashing?
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  1. do you oc your display adopter? coz that causes problem when too high
  2. Good thought, but not the case here. In fact, ASUS suggested underclocking by 50MHz. Unfortunately, that didn't fix the problem. And since this is the second video card that I've put in this build, I'm thinking it's a problem with the motherboard, or the motherboard not liking the memory. I don't know how to figure out which it is, and I don't really have the money to go out and buy new memory just to get a different brand. So any thoughts?
  3. In the BIOS, (F5) Load Optimized Defaults and (F10) Save & Exit = Yes

    BIOS, at minimum use BIOS version 0901 and preferably 1208. Only use ASUS EZ Flash 2 to update the BIOS (never from the OS); see - http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/289507-30-what-flash

    If the problem continues start here -> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2665946

    Next, create a bootable CD/DVD or USB of Memtest and allow it to run for 4 full passes; Memtest ISO http://www.memtest.org/#downiso

    I assume you're using the latest drivers for your OS from ASUS's website and not the older versions from the OEM DVD; see - http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3Plus/M5A97/#download
  4. why not try another driver, i think ur ram has nothing to do with the video card driver crashing, overheating can make the driver crash also, if ram fails the system hangs, w/out any error msges.
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