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Hey there fellas lately I have been going through RAM like crazy. This last set was not OCed but I get tens of thousands of errors in memtest at stock settings. I can only contribute this to power surges from the AC unit. When the AC turns on it dims the lights in the room regardless of a power strip. I could be and hope to be very wrong but what else could make stock RAM go bad?
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Well you're not getting a power surge. Your AC is putting to much of a load on the breakers. But either way it is not healthy for your PC. Is it a window unit or central air?
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I am using a window unit. Do you suppose it would be better if I put the AC on a power strip? What other options do I have to fix this problem? I know I could use a UPS but I do not have the cash for that right now.
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post #4 of 16
Your PSU (115VAC -> 3.3V DC) and the motherboard VRM (3.3V DC -> ~2v DC) should be filtering any power irregularities. That being said, RAM are one of the most sensitive components in a system.
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Try a different outlet or even plug it in an outlet in a different room. The power strip will not make a difference either way. Look on the breaker box "if possible" and see which rooms are wired to which breaker.

Breaker 1:Kitchen
Breaker 2: Living room/bathroom

something like that.
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Have they all been crucial sets? Their RAM seems to have dropped in quality in the past 6 months.
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post #7 of 16
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I would need to call my landlord if I were to do what you are asking Guardian. I think I will try and put the AC in a different room. I am thinking that may help out a bit. I just sent my GF out to buy some more RAM till me RMA gets back.

EDIT:@Drilb yes they are crucial single sided crap.
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I would need to call my landlord if I were to do what you are asking Guardian. I think I will try and put the AC in a different room. I am thinking that may help out a bit. I just sent my GF out to buy some more RAM till me RMA gets back.

EDIT:@Drilb yes they are crucial single sided crap.
How old would you say the building is? Alot of older buildings were not ment to power a lot of what we use today. That's why the electrical code is different than it use to be.

You would be much better off to buy a battery back up unit. They can be pricey but would save you money on replacing RAM and would also keep your PC from being hit with power draw when the AC kicks on. I use to have one when I live in an old apartment building. If I use a microwave or the AC my breakers would blow and shut my PC down. That eventfully killed the entire rig.
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post #9 of 16
You can always get a very small UPS, for you situation the ups only has to have enough power to power you computer for 10 seconds. The AC is making power surges and sags.
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post #10 of 16
Yeah, old building dont do so when with large power draw. My house is older (1950s) and I can make the lights dim with my laser printer.
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