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post #11 of 56
I have seen this happen before from a CPU heatsink being too tight. I know you said you re-seated the CPU, but try it withe the heatsink a little bit less tight than before. It's worth a shot
post #12 of 56
AMD usually downclocks high speed RAM when 2 or more memory slots are populated. And almost any high profile RAM has a lower boot freq programmed in the RAM SPD Usually 1066 or 1333). What I would try would be to reseat the CPU ( even though it seems irrelevant, I know).
   
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post #13 of 56
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Mine isnt adjustable. It uses two clips and the tension of the u-shaped piece of metal is what hold its on. All I can do is put the stock heatsink back in.
post #14 of 56
try RE-reseating your CPU, using the stock cooler if possible.
Have had many problems with ram due to strange cpu seating.

Try another OS, download a ubuntu 64-bit image and boot it live of the cd, no installation required.
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post #15 of 56
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Did some quick googleing and found similar issues with ram and tight coolers. After windows finishes its round of updates I will pull this cooler and put the stock one back in. I pray that doing so will fix it. I really REALLY dont want to have to RMA my week old parts.
post #16 of 56
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Took out and re-seated the cpu and put the stock cooler back on and it made no difference..

I am at a total loss right now. This literally makes no sense to me. Considering RMA'ing both ram and mobo and just calling it a day. Surely one of those two are causing the problem. I cant RMA the processor because I dropped it and it suffered a little cosmetic damage, I read that doing so voided the warranty.
Edited by timaishu - 5/26/13 at 4:41pm
post #17 of 56
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I am so frustrated right now. I have tried every solution I could find online and nothing has worked. This makes zero sense. I submitted an rma for the ram. If that doesnt fix it, then I will rma the motherboard.
post #18 of 56
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Originally Posted by timaishu View Post

I am so frustrated right now. I have tried every solution I could find online and nothing has worked. This makes zero sense. I submitted an rma for the ram. If that doesnt fix it, then I will rma the motherboard.

Unfortunately that is most likely your best bet.
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post #19 of 56
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I guess it is.. This problem is completely illogical. I dont get it.
post #20 of 56
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Sorry for constantly bumping this.

I found an interesting article that has my exact same problem.

http://benchmarkreviews.com/?id=541&Itemid=38&option=com_content&task=view

In their case, it turned out to be a bad cpu. Now, I DID drop my cpu and bent the pins slightly. But I bent them back and the processor dropped my right in. Could this be the cause maybe? I wish I could remember but I have no idea if this problem occured after dropping it. I only noticed today when it seemed to boot up slower. I highly doubt newegg would take it back though for a replacement as it has a little flat spot on the corner of the lid where it hit. The pcb is also fractured slighly on the corner.

Im so frustrated right now. I cant bare to deal with anymore rmas after my 2 month long ordeal with asus last month.
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