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About 6 months ago I upgraded to the system that is in my signature, namely the Mobo, CPU, CPU Cooler (/w fans), and RAM. Ever since I have had this setup I have been getting BSOD's and they all pointed to memory mainly. I did find out that one of the slots was bad (DIMM A1), the closest slot to where my CPU cooler is and the large Bitfenix Spectre Pro's that are on it. For the longest I had noticed that that particular RAM stick was ever so slightly "shifted" or pushed due to the size of the fan pushing on the RAMs heatsink. Is it possible that this slight "push" on the heatsink could cause the slot, or even the module, to go bad over time/from the beginning? I haven't had this case scenario before so I'm completely dumbfounded when it comes to it honestly, even after 14 years of building computers.

I am already in the process of RMAing the mobo because of that bad slot, and the RAM because one of the sticks I was using on the other slots kept failing at pass 6. Now my issue is if I get both of these new products in, will that fan continue to screw me over because it is pushing on that heatsink?

    
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Well I don't think the bending would cause it to go bad...though it certainly is not built with bending in mind so it is possible.

However, it most likely was not getting good contacts in the slot causing all sorts of ruckus. Charge build up, bleed over from the wrong pin, more error correction...who knows. Think of it like what could happen if you plugged in a power cord loosely.
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That's what I was thinking honestly, but I wasn't sure if that would really start to cause problems from the getgo. I was on a regular basis getting 4A BSODs which were almost all the time caused by RAM Corruption, and some other BSODs caused by BitDefender (Umm... ok?)

But the heatsinks on the Vengeance modules do have some flex in them, I wouldn't of thought it would make the RAM module itself shift inside the seated DIMM slot. Of course I could be wrong and that's the case entirely, and to that extent, do I need to call Corsair and see if they will send me some LP heatsinks to replace the ones I have on these. That is a worst case, mainly cause I doubt they would just because of the specs of these DIMMs, think the LP ones are clocked lower just because of the size of the heatsink? And they would just look horrid in my computer lol sad-smiley-002.gif
    
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I think I'd look for a different cooler...or perhaps fans with a smaller profile...before I started changing out heat sinks on the memory sticks.

Though if you do take this route you should know that the heat sink on a memory module isn't that important...they typically lower the temp of the memory IC only by a couple of degrees. On rare occasions they reportedly even raised the temp a couple of degrees. Memory will be just fine with no heat sink or a lower profile heat sink...the heat sink is more for looks. Memory sticks don't get that hot.
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I understand they don't get that hot, but the plain "green PCB" is just bleeehhh lol.

As far as the fans go, I'm not sure what I would do with these BitFenix Spectre Pro fans I have if I did get rid of them. They had the best CFM and noise ratio that I could find for the price of 140mm fans. And from what I read, they are pretty high up there on the totem pole of fans in this bracket (or at the time of release they were), obviously there are better ones out there but I was trying to get ones that also had Red lighting included. They keep the H90 running cool all the time, have never had a problem with them. Just don't want to downgrade if I can help it, and spending more would be a problem considering I'm pretty low on money atm.

EDIT: And I can't really get a different cooler considering my case honestly. The HAF-X didn't have 240-280 rads in mind when they made the case, or else I would of gotten an H100 or H110 when I did this upgrade instead of the H90.
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I built my cousin's computer on a dry run out of the case and it worked perfectly. Installed everything in the case and it BSODs left and right. As it turned out when I was taking the motherboard out, because I narrowed it down to that, I realized that the motherboard was in at a slight angle which was causing the RAM to shift instead of being like this ||| it was like |/|, I reseated the board and have been running golden for over a year now. Might want to check that as a possibility.
    
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One of the slots is def bad after running nearly a day of tests on it with my own set of RAM and others, so sadly a mobo shift isn't the cause. frown.gif
    
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Are there any suggestions for good CFM fans with Red LEDs that are also pretty quiet other than what I have? If there are some with smaller footprints than the BitFenix Spectre Pros (thickness), then I might consider switching to those.
    
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