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Potential RAM or Mobo issue?

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Hello OCN. Here's the situation:

My sig rig has been stock clocked for a long time, now, and it was unstable. I've ran memtests and stress tests but I just thought I could use a reformat. So I did that earlier. I encounted many, many issues.

Preparations: Did a full reset of my BIOS(power off, cord out, PSU switched off, battery off the mobo, and BIOS on the reset jumper).
1- Windows CD didn't work. Backup copy didn't work either, seemed to freeze and randomly stop reading CD.
2- Went around it by making an iso of my DVD and making a USB stick for Win7.
3- Installed Win7 with USB stick. First boot, BSOD.
4- Second boot, all seems fine. I reboot.
5- Third boot, BSOD.
6- I get annoyed and check the bios, I had manually set the ram to 1066(even though my bios keeps trying to make it 800), unlinked memory. I bumped timings to stock(5-5-5-15-2T) and went for a memtest, got errors(36 in 4 minutes)
7- I reboot, go in the bios to check if I can increase the voltage of the ram to it's recommended setting: 2.1V.
8- Run memtest again, seems fine so far. (40 minutes in)

Now I had some issues and BSODs before the format, and I seem to run into so many, hell, I even froze twice in the BIOS. What would you deduce from this? Bad ram? Bad board? It has to be either one of these two... But which? Either ways it's a complete annoyance, I was going to buy a SB mobo cpu and ram to replace this and jump over the issue altogether, but seeing on how it was all recalled, I'll have to troubleshoot this rig I guess.

Ideas?
    
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I think it was your RAM acting up from what you said about having to change the timings to get it stable. but if its stable now I wouldn't worry about it.
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