Originally Posted by JediJosh
Ya the rated timings on my RAM are 8-8-8-24 I have been putting the 2 sticks into T2 mode because of the instability issues and the voltage that the motherboard sets is 1.6 and I know that specs say 1.65. The only problem with running one stick at a time is that it is dual channel, so it needs both sticks in to even turn on. I tried moving the sticks to slots 3 and 4 on the Motherboard... doesn't seem to help. This is a long shot, but do you think its a PS problem? I have Spectrum turned on for power spikes, and I do live the US where power is stable, but I am getting sick of this crashing and its soooo hard to trouble shoot when the BSOD error log is so general. Perhaps it could be the BIOS version too?? 1.90 is what I have, anyone have a better BIOS version that is stable? Here is a link to my RAM.http://www.ocztechnology.com/product...8_dual_channel
First thing, Spread Spectrum should always be turned off, especially when you're gonna start overclocking. It can cause surges that throw off the stability of your system and can result in damaged parts. Also, try to boot with CoolnQuiet disabled, Unlock CPU Core disabled, ACC(Advance Clock Control) disabled, CPU Core Control at Auto and the last 3 disabled.
You can run one RAM stick at a time, but it just runs in single channel mode, instead of dual channel mode. This is a good way to check if one stick or both sticks are faulty/unstable. Just to confirm, you should have a 1:4 divider for your RAM timings and for advanced RAM settings it should be 8-8-8-24-32. I'll provide a picture on the bottom to show you.
The 1.9v BIOS is actually very stable and the only problems anyone reported here was with e-sata components not being read by the BIOS.
It's possible that it might be your PSU on the verge of dying, but you're not exactly pushing it to the limits by any means with your parts, stock or overclocked. So I think this isn't the cause.
Have you checked temps of your CPU during heavy use? If it's close to 60Â°C, it's probably gonna BSOD on you.
EDIT: What thermal compound did you use? Also, how did you apply it?
The most common causes of BSODs would be the lack of voltage, overclocking too high, conflicting drivers, or faulty parts. Seeing as you run things at stock/default settings, it might be possible that you have a faulty part.
If nothing works, back up all your data and try doing a clean install of your OS and only install the drivers for your GPU(best to use 9.12 drivers for the 5000series, if you're having problems with 10.2). If this is stable, install drivers one by one and stress test it to see if it is stable.
This is pretty much all I can think of right now, if you're still having problems, I'm sure others here can try to think of any possible solutions for you.
*Note* Make sure you set the DRAM Timing Mode for [Both] and set both sticks to rated settings (so 8-8-8-24-auto-32-auto-auto...).Edited by Kokin - 3/15/10 at 1:22am