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Intensive RAM apps lead to shutdown

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Important to remember: I use XP Professional SP2. I'll start off about a year ago. I was simply, a foolish kid (still am, to be honest) but I knew nearly nothing about the consequences of a bad overclock. Around July 2008, seeking an overclock for better Crysis performance, I took someone's advice and changed the NB voltage on my Asus P5N-E SLI to 1.56v and the PCIE Clock to 125 Mhz.

Apparently, I didn't change a single thing that would improve performance, but rather just took some stupid advice. This really did nothing but bad things. I had to reset my cmos after boot failure. Everything seemed fine, it seemed as just a minor scare or something of the sort. However, I was wrong. I began to encounter freezing in which everything would completely freeze up, including the keyboard. I mean by this, pressing caps lock or pressing num lock warranted no success to turning the little 'A' light on. This became extremely irritating. I RMA'd my motherboard.

Once it came back, the error persisted. Eventually, I changed where I had my RAM. It seemed successful. However, I decided my previous 2 gigabytes was not enough. My dad ordered 4 gigs of Corsair from newegg. Link:

Any game playing caused freezing or an blue screen. At first, it was just GTA 4. I could play other games like Fear 2, S.T.A.L.K.E.R CS, Dead Space with no problem. Then, after a little while, they decided to stop just freezing, and blue screen me. I'd get tons of blue screens, along with lots of freezing. Some error messages include: IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL while some just displayed stop codes such as 0x000000050, or 0x00000007F and others, all of which had different causes it seemed, but RAM issues these same blue screens as well.

The problem got so bad, I decided to back up important files and DBAN the computer, in the event it actually was software related. Now I am getting Session_3 errors or getting a light blue XP screen with a cursor on it. I'll fix this probably tomorrow and finish installation, but I am not sure about everything. So I test the RAM with memtest. Whaddya know, it gets a few seconds in and restarts the entire computer.

However, I don't think it is the RAM, but rather the PSU, for a few reasons:
A) I got brand new RAM that is completely compatible with my setup.
B) I RMA'd my motherboard, and the RAM slots should have been replaced. (If they weren't, I suppose I should RMA it again)
C) The RAM seems to be the culprit in all this, but new RAM should render the issue non-existant. After all this formatting and reinstalling of XP, it can't be software related. It could be the motherboard, but only in the event that they didn't replace the RAM slots. The PSU is the last thing that can be linked to RAM issues without it actually being RAM.
D) I overclocked and sent more voltage to the motherboard, which may have caused the PSU to fry after having sending out too much voltage.

My system specs:
Mobo-Asus P5N-E SLI
RAM-Corsair 2x2Gig 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM (Model: TWIN2X4096-6400C5)
GPU- 8800 GT
Sound card- Soundblaster Xtreme Gamer
CPU-Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 Overclocked succesfully to 3.1 GHZ
Fans-CPU fan is a Typhoon something (big thing with tons of heat sinks, maintains a good CPU temp) Other fans are stock
OS-XP 32 bit Professional SP2
PSU-ULTRA 600W ATX power supply (Model No-ULT-LS600P, AC Input Voltage: 115-230V)

Please help my diagnose this! Thank you for reading!
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I don't see anything about replacing your video card there. You need to test that. borrow one and/or test yours in another machine. That would be one of the first places to look.

btw, you need to tone down the language, *** and such just don't do it, people of all ages read these boards.
I suppose I could try video card. Altering the PCI-E Clock would be the thing to mess up the video card, I presume?
First you should drop the OC back to stock settings get the system stable then start to OC a little at a time
Will do. Now I must apologize, as I made a thread somewhat about this a long time ago, before I got my new ram. I used a much less straining card, an Nivida FX 5200. It seemed to lessen the freezing, but eventually, the freezing would happen again. This is another reason why I think it is the PSU.

Do you still want me to do a test with the FX 5200 with the new ram in place?
Hi I'm just new around here and I see that you have a nasty problem with the system. It's a good thing that you "back up" some important files. I just want to give some comment about the problem.

The slow up problem might have occur dew to unmaintained system. So try to defrag the hard disk and check disk. It might help speeding the system up. I don't worry about the tower because you might be cleaning it while you are changing the RAMs. But still see if the processor's heat sink is clean as a whistle.

Also if you have restarted or reset the CMOS set up then the clocking on the of the PCI-E got to have been reset to standard as well. But still try to check if it did come back.

Don't forget the Virus scan as well you might never know that it might being caused by a Viruses.
I've wiped my hard drive a few times, so I'm sure it can't be viruses. I'm pretty sure the setting for the PCI-E bus is back to normal, as I have reset the CMOS multiple times, but I will check. I'll check the processor's heat sink, but I did get a new fan+heat sink package about halfway during the problem to easy up stress on my processor, so I'm thinking it should be fairly clean. I'm sure I didn't apply too much thermal paste, if that is what you mean.
Well as long as you see it clean, virus free and well maintained System then I guest I'm wrong. I think you really maintained your system very well.

How about the registry?
Er..Sorry I'm not sure what the registry would be. Aren't registries OS based, so wiping the hard drive would cure it of errors.
Ultra PSU's are not good and I suspect that is your problem.
Well some times there are some programs that been uninstall is till accumulate process. Well I like to share a link that give out exact details. But this site bans them from using any. But what I know is it's also a basic to free up RAMs memory usage. Also it wipe ups some unsafe files in the registry. Making the traces of the removed virus like a bubble. But there is some review that it's not that so much safe and it kind unsafe to use this method if you don't know so much about the machine registry. So it'll be good to use a registry cleaning program.
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