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I recently built a new computer with parts bought from newegg. Here are the specs:
CPU: Intel i5 2500 (3.3ghz)
Mobo: MSI P67A-C43 (B3)
RAM: 2x 4gb G.Skill 1600mhz DDR3
HDD: WD Caviar Black 640gb 64mb cache
GPU: Galaxy GT430 1gb
PSU: Antec NewTrue Power 650 watts

Everything went smoothy until I powered it on for the first time. This is what happened: Power on -> 3 secs later -> Shut off -> 3 secs later -> Power on -> endless cycle. The only way I was able to break the endless loop was to switch off the PSU.

I took a guess and tested the RAM first. Initially, my ram was set up in Slot 1 & 3 as dual-channel. I took out the ram from slot 3 and powered up. Success! I then took the slot 1 RAM out and put in the RAM that was in slot 3 before and powered up. Success! This confirmed that the RAM itself wasn't the issue.

I then proceeded to install Win7 Ultimate 64-bit with only 1 stick of RAM. When the OS finished installed, I tried to boot it up again in dual-channel (slot 1 & 3). Same result, fail.

I then ran MemTest 86+ v4.20 on each of the RAMs separately and both passed with zero errors.

Then I booting in non-dual channel (slot 1 & 2) and it worked. Windows showed the full 8 gb.

Any thoughts on why my computer is screwing up in dual-channel configuration? I'm going to test just one ram in slot 3 and run another test with only one in slot 4 to see if the issue is a fautly 3 & 4.

Thanks!
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post #2 of 8
Why not try putting them in 2 and 4 and see if it works?
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I tried 2 & 4 and got a failure as well. At this point, I think I'm going to need to RMA some parts. Send in both the motherboard and CPU?
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I'd start with just the motherboard. If that doesn't fix the problem then RMA the CPU (might be the memory controller). But at this stage I'd bet on the motherboard more than the CPU.
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dunno, maybe its not the mobo, i just got my new sandybridge parts, asus p67 sabertooth b3, and i5-2500k, and i had the exact same issue as OP.
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post #6 of 8
Sounds like some bad RAM slots...like I said could be the integrated memory controller on the CPU but I'd consider that a remote possibility at best.
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This has me worried . I just ordered my sig rig, and along with it is the Asus sabertooth P67 B3. If i have these problems, then i am going to be one pissed off sob lol.
    
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This has me worried . I just ordered my sig rig, and along with it is the Asus sabertooth P67 B3. If i have these problems, then i am going to be one pissed off sob lol.
It happens unfortunately. On the plus side all the mobo manufacturers have great RMA systems so exchanging a bad won't be a problem at all.
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