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RAM Failed Memtest. New mobo and RAM. Still failing.

post #1 of 10
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Hi,
I had been getting some random, fairly infrequent crashes in Windows so I ran a Memtest and it failed. I had the timings at 7-7-7-18 or something like that so I reset everything back to stock. Still failed. I tried both sticks one at a time in different slots and it still failed. Since I had the voltage at 1.71V and had been experiencing the problem for a while I figured I had burnt out both sticks. I wanted to run more memory which required a new mobo so I replaced that too. Now I am still failing Memtest and get occasional crashes. In Windows I get a BSOD.

Currents specs:
Phenom II 955 BE
Biostar TA990FXE
32 gb Crucial Ballistix Sport (4x8gb)
HD 5770 1gb

There are three things I suppose could be responsible: bad power supply, bad memory controller in the processor or some issue with the 120V coming out of my wall. Any thoughts?
Sorry I wrote a short novel. Thanks for reading.
post #2 of 10
Just a bad RAM it happend, just replace them and try again.
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reply.
I tested the RAM in a buddy's computer last night and it is good. Same with the old RAM. I am going to try and get my hands on another power supply and see if that is the problem. I know a faulty PSU can cause infrequent and hard to trace problems.
Unless there are other ideas?
post #4 of 10

Check the motherboard RAM config settings, particularly your secondary settings like the tRCD. Get everything at a JEDEC spec before trying anything. Update the BIOS. There's a possibility that your RAM slots are faulty. Though faulty 24-pin output from the PSU would not be an impossibility.

post #5 of 10
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I already tried the ram at really loose timings on the old and new mobo/ram combos. When I was in there messing around one of my water cooling tubes started to leak so I am drying it out now. Ill check on the BIOS once it is back.
thanks.
post #6 of 10
I would try a different socket in your house if you haven't already, for example we had a socket in my mother's house that was frying pretty much every component in the PC whenever it deemed fit(now off limits).

It could be your PSU but this kind of sounds like some kind of issue at the socket.
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post #7 of 10
Does your os support 32 gigs?
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post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
I will try another outlet when it's back together. Good idea.
Everything supports 32gb. Got a new mobo for that reason. I am running 64bit vista and Ubuntu which both recognize all 32gb. The computer works fine most of the time but I crash once ever 4-5 hr.
Thanks for the suggestions.
Edited by ssullivan556 - 12/21/12 at 6:40pm
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
I tried a new outlet as well as a different PSU. I have no idea where to go next. Also, the Memtest failure always occurs immediately upon starting test 7 generating 1000s of errors.
Thanks
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
It turned out to be the HDD. Pesky thing.
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