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A few weeks ago, NBA 2K16 started randomly closing on me. It started out as a problem that only manifested itself when trying to save after completing a game, but has happened a handful of times in the middle of games.

For about the last week or so, tabs in Google Chrome would randomly have an error and I would have to reload the tab. It's been primarily Twitch, but has happened to tabs containing Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball and Twitter. I describe these errors as random as I have been unable to recreate the issue. The page just says something went wrong.

For quite a while now, Windows will randomly blue screen. Windows 7 was always nice enough to give me an error code, but Windows 10 only gives generic messages. Every time it says it's memory management.

I have been wanting to upgrade to a newer platform for a while and I figure I might as well if I have to replace my RAM. I honestly don't need all the processing power of my X5670. I only grabbed one since it was a cost-effective upgrade from an i7-930. Should I go with a Z170- or X99-based system? Would I be fine with a mainstream i7 or will I miss having six cores?
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A few weeks ago, NBA 2K16 started randomly closing on me. It started out as a problem that only manifested itself when trying to save after completing a game, but has happened a handful of times in the middle of games.

For about the last week or so, tabs in Google Chrome would randomly have an error and I would have to reload the tab. It's been primarily Twitch, but has happened to tabs containing Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball and Twitter. I describe these errors as random as I have been unable to recreate the issue. The page just says something went wrong.

For quite a while now, Windows will randomly blue screen. Windows 7 was always nice enough to give me an error code, but Windows 10 only gives generic messages. Every time it says it's memory management.

I have been wanting to upgrade to a newer platform for a while and I figure I might as well if I have to replace my RAM. I honestly don't need all the processing power of my X5670. I only grabbed one since it was a cost-effective upgrade from an i7-930. Should I go with a Z170- or X99-based system? Would I be fine with a mainstream i7 or will I miss having six cores?

Sounds like a ram issue. Not much to do aside from find the faulty stick and replace it. as for a new system, if your only gaming Z170 is the better and cheaper option, X99 is nice but a bit of a waste for just gaming, its better used for video rendering and such. and a 6600k will be about equal in all tests is not a bit lower in heavily multitasking scenarios but no difference in gaming, a 6700k is faster by a bit in nearly all scenarios. the X5670 is a super potent and cheap cpu nowadays, biggest boosts you will see will be memory speed and i believe sata speed, as those older boards are sata 2 ( might be wrong on the sata part, its been a while since i had to remember boards that old haha ) It will be a nice upgrade overall for sure but nothing ground breaking, id almost say just get new ram and replace the faulty stick haha. but it is up to you in the end. Hope this helps.
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I would have to replace all six or run the ones which aren't faulty is slower timings than intended. And like I mentioned, I don't like the idea of buying RAM that will be replaced in the near future anyway. I plan to upgrade to a newer platform later this year, but these possible RAM issues might speed up the timetable.

I actually haven't experienced the problem in a couple days. If it rears its ugly head again, I'll probably make some impulse buys.
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I would have to replace all six or run the ones which aren't faulty is slower timings than intended. And like I mentioned, I don't like the idea of buying RAM that will be replaced in the near future anyway. I plan to upgrade to a newer platform later this year, but these possible RAM issues might speed up the timetable.

I actually haven't experienced the problem in a couple days. If it rears its ugly head again, I'll probably make some impulse buys.

No, test the ram bit by bit and find the faulty sticks but they wont really run slower, if its only one stick then it will be dual channel with 1 stick in single channel, wont really notice a change like that. Depends how many sticks are bad or going bad, but a ram upgrade wouldnt be too expensive as bigger dimms are alot cheaper now so you could really get fewer sticks but more memory. Is up to you though haha. impulse buys are always fun but only if you have the funds.
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I am currently running six 2GB Mushkin sticks at 1600MHz with 6-7-6-18 timings. I'm not going to mess around with any combinations of four or five sticks. I tried running three for a short time last year, but my system was noticeably choppier and it really bothered me so trimming down to one triple channel kit isn't an option unless I buy a 3x4 kit. Double- and single-channel configurations simply are not options for me.
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Is it all exactly the same brand? One of the only things that comes to mind is that maybe the motherboard simply doesn't like it very much. It was more common years ago though so I'm not sure how much this actually happens anymore. It's definitely a weird one.
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Yes, they're all the same brand. I have two Mushkin 998691 kits installed. I've been running this memory for about three years.
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I am currently running six 2GB Mushkin sticks at 1600MHz with 6-7-6-18 timings. I'm not going to mess around with any combinations of four or five sticks. I tried running three for a short time last year, but my system was noticeably choppier and it really bothered me so trimming down to one triple channel kit isn't an option unless I buy a 3x4 kit. Double- and single-channel configurations simply are not options for me.
I think the chips are degraded and dont like those tight timings anymore... Try loosening the timings and see what happens
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I think the chips are degraded and dont like those tight timings anymore... Try loosening the timings and see what happens

I didn't realize you had them that long. Alint77 is most likely right in that the chips have seen too much heat over the years. Perhaps the heat spreaders aren't very good and more for looks. You should definitely loosen the timings and see how that works.
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