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Trying to fix crashes - is my ram configured correctly?

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Hi.

(To start off i have no clue whether i am posting this in the right forum. Please move it when i am posting it in the wrong forum)

I bought two year ago a new computer which had to meet the latest requirements. So i spent like 3000 EUR for a good computer so i could game like a pro smile.gif But that story went something else than expected since every video, game, even general software like firefox keeps on crashing hour after hour. Complete randomly. One time i am just surfing the web with firefox, the other time the computer was idling and i was away from the keyboard and when i got back there was a blue screen (Windows 7). I have sent really loads and loads of error reports to Mozilla for firefox, to Microsoft for hardware/software crashes and i loads of Microsoft minidumps from the blue screens. The computer store where i bought the computer tells me they wont help me before they may format my disks.. Yeah. Right. That's why i am trying to fix it myself.

My computer specs:
Windows7 Professional 64bit
Intel Core i7 2600K 3.4 GHz 8MB S1155 Unlocked
MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) - Socket 1155 - ATX
Scythe Mugen 2 rev.B cooler SCMG-2100 - CPU Cooler
4 x Corsair Value Select - RAM - 4 GB - DIMM (ouch! ?)
2 x Intel Postville X25-M SSD 80GB 2.5" SATA-300 in raid0 (striping)
1 x Hitachi 2TB 3.5" SATA-600 7200rpm 64MB
ASUS ENGTX590/3DIS/3GD5 - Graphic adapter
Cooler Master Silent Pro M1000 - 1000Watt - ATX (PSU?)

1. My first ouch moment was when looking at the Corsair value select memory. Googling for that tells me that it is low budget memory. Is that correct?
2. I started the program 'OC Genius' to get a overview of my hardware and it shows that my DRAM has 0.18 volt on it... how can this happen? Is this a correct setting? And if wrong; why isnt is correct set by default? (see attached screenshot)



3. Do you guys see other things which can cause the problem using above configuration?
Edited by Timmo - 1/26/13 at 8:49am
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The first things I'd do is measure the power supply voltages with a digital multimeter, while the computer is running. If possible, measure the CPU and memory voltages as well (requires poking the pins or tabs of the MOSFETs, being very careful not to short anything). Voltage readings taken through software, even by the BIOS, aren't always accurate.

Next, I'd run two different good memory diagnostics, MemTest86/MemTest86+ and Gold Memory, each overnight. I've seen instances where one of those diagnostics couldn't find anything wrong while the other did. A quicker way to rule out bad memory is by borrowing a Samsung or no-heatsink Crucial module because both are always made with prime quality chips that aren't overclocked.

I haven't had good luck with Corsair ever since DDR2 became popular. Roughly 30% of the DDR PC3200 Value Select I bought during the last 2 years failed testing, and all of it had chips with no manufacturer's marks on it, just Corsair's marks.
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Firt thing i would do is, uninstall the oc software..... All software based oc tools with in windows is a pile of poop and must be avoided at all times... To see temps and voltages use hwmonitor.
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Thanks for the replies. I do not have any experience with electro, so doing tests on a running computer doesnt sound as a good idea for me. I will run some tests coming days to check the ram for errors. That will be a good first step. Untill now i only ran those checks for a couple of minutes.

I downloaded and installed hwmonitor. I will use that for my coming research.

Thanks so far, i know what to do next coming days!
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It took me some time to do the testings, but i found out that both MemTest86 and MemTest86+ give lots of errors. I am preparing a speech to my hardware supplier about this. Thanks for the help. When i have further questions i know where to find you guys!
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I got finally new ram: Kingston HyperX Blu PC10600 memory 4 x 4GB and everything runs very smooth. Thanks!
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