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Keep getting BSOD so I ran a memtest test and here are the results

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February 16, 2013 4:06:00 PM

Alright, so I've been getting BSOD for a while now. Some of the errors that the BSOD shows are like ntfs.sys, dxgmms1.sys which I think has to do with graphics card. I just did a clean reinstall of my Windows 7 and its still giving me BSOD when playing games mostly or while browsing.

So I ran a memtest to see if my rams are bad and here is what I've got after 8 passes.


My system specs are these:

Case: Coolermaster Haf X

Motherboard: EVGA X58 3X-Sli

Memory Ram: OCZ Gold 6GB DDR3

Processor: Intel Core i7 930 Quad Core 8MB Cache 2.8GHz

Heatsink: Coolermaster V8

Video Card: GTX 480 PNY

Power Supply: Corsair 850W

Monitor: LG 1920x1080 Full HD (23 Inch)

Hard Drive: Western D.1tb + WD 150Gb

OS: Windows 7 64Bit

Please tell me what to do because I'm SICK of the BSOD that I keep getting.
February 16, 2013 4:20:55 PM

That information marked in red indicates errors in memory, meaning your BSODs are likely to be caused by your bad RAM. Buy new sticks and the BSODs should disappear.
February 16, 2013 4:22:37 PM

I really hope that I only have problems with my ram because its really cheap to buy new and better ones that I have at the moment... I will be buying new ram and I really hope it will fix my problem.
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February 16, 2013 4:24:16 PM

CDdude55 said:
That information marked in red indicates errors in memory, meaning your BSODs are likely to be caused by your bad RAM. Buy new sticks and the BSODs should disappear.


Do you recommend any rams? Should I buy a 8gb or 12gb or 16gb?
I'm not looking for anything over 100$ at the moment.
February 16, 2013 4:35:33 PM

interventx said:
Do you recommend any rams? Should I buy a 8gb or 12gb or 16gb?
I'm not looking for anything over 100$ at the moment.


Depends on what you do, a standard 6GB triple channel kit is fine for most tasks, if you're into video editing and content creation then i move up to atleast a 16GB kit.

Triple channel kits are pretty cheap these days, here's a GSkill 6GB 1600MHz kit for $45: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you want double the memory for close to your $100 budget there are these nice Mushkin Redline 12GB kit also at 1600MHz but with lower timings. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There are also some nice Corsair kits out there, just hop onto newegg or amazon and search for triple channel kits and keep in mind your budget and amount of memory you need.
February 16, 2013 4:53:45 PM

CDdude55 said:
Depends on what you do, a standard 6GB triple channel kit is fine for most tasks, if you're into video editing and content creation then i move up to atleast a 16GB kit.

Triple channel kits are pretty cheap these days, here's a GSkill 6GB 1600MHz kit for $45: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you want double the memory for close to your $100 budget there are these nice Mushkin Redline 12GB kit also at 1600MHz but with lower timings. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There are also some nice Corsair kits out there, just hop onto newegg or amazon and search for triple channel kits and keep in mind your budget and amount of memory you need.


Well I mostly game and I also use a few programs such as Photoshop. I have my Macbook Pro Retina for editing and so on but my Desktop PC is for gaming only pretty much so I'm not sure what amount of memory would be better. 8 or higher.
February 16, 2013 5:21:24 PM

interventx said:
Well I mostly game and I also use a few programs such as Photoshop. I have my Macbook Pro Retina for editing and so on but my Desktop PC is for gaming only pretty much so I'm not sure what amount of memory would be better. 8 or higher.


I'd probably move over to at least a 8GB kit if you use photoshop only every once in a while (thought aren't any 8GB triple channel kits as far as i know) but if your main goal is gaming 6GB-8GB is still sufficient.

If you want to move away from 6GB then there are tons of pretty cheap 12GB triple channel kits here another one: Corsair Vengeance 12GB 1600MHz for $78: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here's the list of 12GB tri-channel kits of Newegg: http://tinyurl.com/d9e4yvj
February 16, 2013 5:29:29 PM

CDdude55 said:
I'd probably move over to at least a 8GB kit if you use photoshop only every once in a while (thought aren't any 8GB triple channel kits as far as i know) but if your main goal is gaming 6GB-8GB is still sufficient.

If you want to move away from 6GB then there are tons of pretty cheap 12GB triple channel kits here another one: Corsair Vengeance 12GB 1600MHz for $78: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here's the list of 12GB tri-channel kits of Newegg: http://tinyurl.com/d9e4yvj


Thank You :) 
February 16, 2013 6:07:21 PM

CDdude55 said:
I'd probably move over to at least a 8GB kit if you use photoshop only every once in a while (thought aren't any 8GB triple channel kits as far as i know) but if your main goal is gaming 6GB-8GB is still sufficient.

If you want to move away from 6GB then there are tons of pretty cheap 12GB triple channel kits here another one: Corsair Vengeance 12GB 1600MHz for $78: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here's the list of 12GB tri-channel kits of Newegg: http://tinyurl.com/d9e4yvj


I'm not sure if you can see these but what do you think?

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/corsair-corsair-dom...

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/corsair-corsair-ven...

Reason why I chose Best Buy is because I have a 100$ gift card with them.
February 16, 2013 6:19:33 PM

interventx said:
I'm not sure if you can see these but what do you think?

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/corsair-corsair-dom...

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/corsair-corsair-ven...

Reason why I chose Best Buy is because I have a 100$ gift card with them.


Both are good kits, the Dominator GT's are a pretty old line of memory though, but still solid. Though the Vengance kit is cheaper, and speed/storage space are similar only real disadvantages are that you don't get the cooling fan which is really a non issue overall and that they may not clock as high as the dominators if you plan to do any memory overclocking (that's the reason why is comes with a fan because it's overclocking oriented, but memory doesn't get very hot in general so it's not really a disadvantage you could say.
February 16, 2013 6:27:59 PM

CDdude55 said:
Both are good kits, the Dominator GT's are a pretty old line of memory though, but still solid. Though the Vengance kit is cheaper, and speed/storage space are similar only real disadvantages are that you don't get the cooling fan which is really a non issue overall and that they may not clock as high as the dominators if you plan to do any memory overclocking (that's the reason why is comes with a fan because it's overclocking oriented, but memory doesn't get very hot in general so it's not really a disadvantage you could say.


But it would be a better upgrade from the ones I have right now right?
February 16, 2013 6:54:19 PM

interventx said:
But it would be a better upgrade from the ones I have right now right?


I don't know what the specs of your current sticks are, The OCZ Gold line is even older then those Dominators, though it doesn't really mean they're nessicarily bad sticks. When it comes to things like gaming, memory tends to have very little impact on performance, though games vary is what computer resources are important to them. Some games like have multiple CPU threads, some exploit more GPU power etc. I would bet that if you upgraded to any other those kits you wouldn't see any noticable performance increase even with an extra 2GB. Performance is linear with software, not necessarily with hardware.

In memory intensive tasks where lots of things need to be cached in memory, you should see an increase in moving up in memory storage, but gaming generally doesn't necessarily conform to that.

But i think the worry currently should be trying to get rid of your BSODs, as RAM in your case has little affect on performance anyways, if you were a heavy photoshop user i would say storage is important but gaming is a non-issue most of the time with memory, even 4GB is still enough for the large majority of games.
February 16, 2013 7:08:15 PM

CDdude55 said:
I don't know what the specs of your current sticks are, The OCZ Gold line is even older then those Dominators, though it doesn't really mean they're nessicarily bad sticks. When it comes to things like gaming, memory tends to have very little impact on performance, though games vary is what computer resources are important to them. Some games like have multiple CPU threads, some exploit more GPU power etc. I would bet that if you upgraded to any other those kits you wouldn't see any noticable performance increase even with an extra 2GB. Performance is linear with software, not necessarily with hardware.

In memory intensive tasks where lots of things need to be cached in memory, you should see an increase in moving up in memory storage, but gaming generally doesn't necessarily conform to that.

But i think the worry currently should be trying to get rid of your BSODs, as RAM in your case has little affect on performance anyways, if you were a heavy photoshop user i would say storage is important but gaming is a non-issue most of the time with memory, even 4GB is still enough for the large majority of games.


Yea, that is true.
Thanks for the replies and tips, etc.
I'll be getting a new 8gb memory and hopefully it will fix my BSOD because just like you said, that is the important part, as for the gaming side I don't care about the memory THAT much since I can run ANY game at the moment that's out there on maxed :) 

Thanks anyway and I'll try to post on here to see after I get the new rams if the BSOD stops.
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February 17, 2013 9:50:00 AM

I doubt 1600 8-8-8-24 RAM chips exist since I was unable to find spec sheets listing them, and the DIMM industry commonly assigns its own ratings that exceed the recommendations of the chip manufacturers.
October 13, 2013 9:03:46 PM

Just get new ram. Your current ram is broken and/or defective
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