Originally Posted by mfalconer
I'm totally frustrated. I imported my new mid-end gaming PC parts and I wanted to give AMD a try to start overclocking. Here's my rig:
Windows 7 x64 (I also installed Windows8 x64)
Motherboard Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 1.0
AMD FX-6300 not overclocked at all.
(4 x 4gb) 16gb RAM Samsung branded 1600mhz (I tried with some Kingston low-profiled well rated in Newegg that a friend of mine currently uses, they're 1333mhz and also I get the same issue)
Nvidia GTX 650 Ti Boost
PSU Seasonic G 550 80 Plus Gold.
I've tried turning on my computer with only ONE stick of RAM but doesn't show anything on the screen, doesn't make sounds but the CPU fan sometimes gets louder. If I place TWO sticks of RAM I only get 4gb and when I go full house, I only get 8gb. I've cleared CMOS several times, I've cleared it with the pin, removing the battery, I've tried to force 1333mhz, I've taken out the GPU, put it back in, I've searched for bent pins on the processor and looks flawless, I've not overclocked at all because annoys me that I've only available 8gb. Easy Tuner from Gigabyte and CPUZ are able to see I've 4gb sticks available. The only time I was able to see 16gb was when I placed the other Kingston memory from my friend but as soon as I tried stability with Prime95 to start overclocking, the setting got screwed again. I've searched a lot and I'm not able to find a suitable answer. What could it be?
RMA is not an option since I live in El Salvador.
What can I do, experts? I'm in your hands.
1.) I've never heard/seen Samsung RAM well reviewed/rated anywhere. I'd start shopping around for something else.
2.) You didn't say what BIOS version you're running but based on your RAM issues I'm betting FA, DO THE FLASH to FC. I and another guy here had RAM issues that got WAY better after the BIOS flash. My CORSAIR Vengeance is rated at only 1600 and currently it's up to 1959, before the BIOS flash I was lucky to get 1600.
If after the BIOS update you're still not seeing 16GB then LOSE the SAMSUNG. I reccomned G.SKILL Ripjaws Series or CORSAIR Vengeance, but whatever you get, make sure it's "high performance" or "gaming" (under "Recomended use") or look for "XMP (Extreme Memory Profile) Support"
3.) if you're planning to OC the CPU eventually and it sounds like you are, and you're still sitting on a stock OEM cpu cooler, then you need to get something a little better on the way as well. Spend not LESS than $25 on that. This is the one I got. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G1YPH0/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
(Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus)
havn't installed it yet but I have no reason to doubt it will do the job.
ANYWAY update the bios and see where ya stand.