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First build PC crashes while gaming

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December 30, 2011 12:11:33 AM

Ok, I'm new to tom's hardware, so hello everyone.

This is my first pc build. All has gone great so far except for the issue in the title. I tested this with two different games so far (Skyrim and APB Reloaded). **HD 3000 integrated graphics**

What happens is, I begin to play the games with all 4 x 4GB ram sticks and my games crash within 5 minutes. Once crashed I have to power the pc off and back on.

But oddly enough, if I play the games with just one 4GB ram stick all works fine. So this lead me to believe that maybe I had some bad ram sticks.

I ran memtest86 five different times. The first four tests were with one different 4GB ram stick installed for each test. On the fifth test I ran all 4 x 4GB ram sticks. After all tests, no errors were shown.

I have tried googling my issue but haven't had much luck.

I wonder if maybe something is overheating, but HWMonitor seems to think everything is fine. Also I have wondered about my PSU, but I wouldn't think it would be the cause because its 850w and supposedly a good PSU.

BTW yes I have updated my bios. :) 

Although, I have not messed with any settings in the bios.

Is there a chance that some voltages are set wrong?

This is my build:

Case: Silverstone Raven RV03
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
CPU: i5 2500k @ 3.3GHz (stock clock)
Memory: G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage (1.25V) Series 16GB (4 x 4GB)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm 500GB
PSU: OCZ ZX Series 850w

GPU: Gigabyte 6850 Windforce (still in mail :bounce:  )

Thanks for the help everyone!

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December 30, 2011 1:29:04 AM

Is it stable with 2 modules? Are you running 4 modules at 1.25v or 1.35v?
December 30, 2011 1:46:35 AM

I've been running all 4 at 1.25v and yes 2 are stable. It's funny you mention the 1.35v. I just now was reading a topic on that.

Thanks for the input though
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December 30, 2011 1:49:01 AM

The same modules, when bought as a kit of 4, are rated at 1.35v.
December 30, 2011 2:24:26 AM

Best answer selected by aaron4820.
December 30, 2011 2:24:56 AM

Thanks for the help GhislainG
December 30, 2011 2:28:43 AM

Thanks for the best answer. You should game for several hours to make sure that it's stable.