Is my memory causing this?

I've been having frame rate and screen tearing issues since I got my computer. Replace all the original hardware besdes the memory and HDD, still getting screen tearing and low frame rates. Done all the basic stuff like checking temps, installing new drivers, spyware/virus etc...

I'm wondering if bad memory could be causing this issue? Or maybe the HDD?

For example, I open a high quality image file, zoom in enough to where I can drag the image around, and the image visibly stutters as I'm moving it, along with the screen tearing.

CPU: Phenom II X4 965 3.4ghz
GPU: 5870 1GB
Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ
Motherboard: Gigabyte MA790GPT-UD3H AMD 790GX
PSU: OCZ Stealthxtreme 2 750w
HDD: 1 x Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
Windows 7 home 64bit
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  1. Well both the hard drive and ram can cause several problems.. The best thing to do is to run a memtest to check your ram for faults.

    Hope this helps!
  2. Well I ran the Windows Memory Diagnostic, is that good enough? No errors came back.

    Also, I've been reading a lot of comments from G skill on Newegg and they have this to say about the memory.

    "We apologize for the inconvenience. This memory kit is above standard, so please make sure to configure settings in BIOS. No DDR3 motherboard can automatically detect the proper settings unless XMP is enabled. "

    Could this have anything to do with it? Other comments from them say settings need to be manually adjusted.
  3. Well I don't know what that means but I doubt that this is the cause of the problem. Since your windows memory diagnostic did not show up any errors, then let me guess that the problem is your HDD. When you upgraded your pc's hardware, did you formatted your hard drive prior booting it up? Because sometimes if you install new hardware your hard drive may not be able to operate normally due to driver conflicts. How old is your hard drive?
  4. It said something about the timings of the memory need to be adjusted.... the voltage? I don't understand this lingo lol
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