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Hello,

Back when I started putting this PC together it came with 4gb of ram(2x2gb). From day 1 I was getting BSODS. I ran MEMTEST86 on both sticks separately. I got 3 passes on the first stick and immediately got errors on the second stick.

So ever since then the "BAD" stick has been sitting away in its package.

However last night to try to solve another problem I decided to install a 64bit system of windows on my other hard drive(simply because my 32bit xp install disk isn't working). This gave me the idea to test my other stick of ram again to ensure it is really BAD.

To my surprise I have run this ram threw 6 passes now with just the one stick installed alone. And also 2 passes with both sticks installed.

I have a new motherboard now then I had originally so I wonder if that is the issue?

The old motherboard: ECS A780GM-A
The new motherboard: MSI K9N2 SLI Platinum
The Ram: Kingston PC6400 800mhz DDR2

Is it possible that the old motherboard was the issue? I don't understand why the ram will not show any errors now.

Every single test was run from the first memory slot(when testing just one stick at a time).
 

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I have been running all day for the past 2 days with both sticks in and no BSODS yet. I will continue to monitor with MEMTEST. Maybe I will do a run overnight tonight. Should I just run with the one "questionable" stick again or would it be ok to just run MEMTEST with both sticks in?

Btw both sticks are ram are the same, they are 4gb set. I still don't understand why the old motherboard worked fine with 1 stick and gave me grief with the other one.

Thanks for the reply as this really stood out to me as weird.
 

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I have gotten over 50 passes over the past week with this ******* stick of ram. My system has run perfectly stable for the past week with both sticks in.

Now magically out of the blue I am getting firefox and IE crashes then a BSOD. I load up ole' memtest and instant 4000 errors.

This makes no sense.

That stick of ram is in the trash now and whomever rigged up this little conspiracy has gotten their wish. Bravo on another successful pointless victory.
 

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Yea I am going to just have to buy new RAM. I was going to make a new topic later about it later but if I can get some good suggestions here I will just ask here:

What would be the best ram to buy for this motherboard: Should I go for PC2 6400 again or upgrade. What is the difference in pricing for the different modules. I have seen a lot of prices around the same range for different types of ram:

DDR3 PC3 12800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145260

For around the same price:

DDR2 PC2 6400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220293

DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231166

Just a few examples. What is the deal with the pricing here? Why are these PC3 and PC2 modules all going for around the same price and so many others going for around the same prices as well. I believe all brands here are well known reputable brands.

What would be best for my motherboard/cpu.

Using:

MSI K9N2 SLI Platinum
AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 Black Edition
 

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I am looking around a little bit more and found this. But I am little bit confused by Neweggs description. It says under features:

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M/B Chipset
intel X38
intel P35
intel 965
intel 975
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231166

Would this work well on my current motherboard?

Also how much more performance would I really get for the PC2 8500 over the 6400? Would I just be better going with a PC2 6400 set?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227199

Maybe I should mention my use for this system is really for the most part strictly gaming.
 
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