This my second time trying to install new memory and it causing random crashes. The first time I just it was bad memory but second time I'm beginning to this that there is some issue with my motherboard.
My current parts are
AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Asus M4N68T-M V2 (originally ASUS M4A78T-E AM3)
I originally built it with a ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 motherboard, which died so I got this cheap replacement motherboard from Frys.
I initially tried to install some Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800), but I had constant freezes/crashes so I switch my old memory back in and it was fine. This time I tried to install G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800), and I had freezing/crashing as well. I'm confused because I looked up the motherboard specs and it is supposed to be able to handle these ram up to 8GB. I'm pretty sure I didn't bad memory twice in a row, so there must be some other issue motherboard compatibility or something.
Does anyone have suggestions as to what I should do? I got a good deal on this ram so I was looking forward to using it. Should I spring for a better motherboard?
The bios update did not help. Then I set the voltage to 1.5V and the timing to 9-9-9-24-2N (well I couldn't find the setting for the last part, the command rate?).
It's booted up, and hasn't crashed so far. *FINGERS CROSSED*
Sometimes specs doesn't always account for a board's true functionality. You either get a dud, a board that meets those specs, or one that works fine in some ways, functions, but has issues with what it's supposed to be capable of in some areas. And honestly that board is outdated and would be best used for like an extra web surfing PC with the original RAM installed. At this point just grab a new AM3+ board. The 720 is still a good proc and will hold you off for a while until you can grab a new proc for that AM3+ mobo.