BSOD and freezes After RAM and GPU upgrade

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  1. BenJ1456

    BenJ1456 New Member

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    I recently bought a new GPU, a Gigabyte 6870 Windforce X3 OC, and 4GB more of G-Skill Ripjaws series RAM (model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL) identical to the 4GB I already have (except the sticker is on the other side of the RAM).
    I installed my upgrades, the computer booted normally, windows started, I started installing the drivers for my new GPU, then it freezes. I force restart, computer boots normally, windows starts, then BSOD. I force restart again, and repeat the process a few more times in safe mode thinking it is the GPU. I get a few more freezes and BSODs, and have trouble installing the GPU drivers when the computer is working. I then decide to check the RAM with Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool, it freezes for about 2 hours so I force shutdown. I then take out the RAM and things start working again, I installed the GPU drivers after a few tries, and I'm happy, except for the fact that I can't use my nice new RAM.
    Why does it my RAM not work, and can I fix it?
    I don't really want to return the RAM to NCIX (if I even can) as I live 2 hours away, and I don't want to RMA. I can live without it but it is just such a waste!

    Any help would be much appreciated.
    (Sorry if this is a bad post, it's my first)
     
  2. AlxFitz

    AlxFitz Maha Guru

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    You may have to lower the clocking of the RAM with 4 sticks than with the 2, I had to on my board. The reason for this is probably that you are doubling the memory power draw on the Northbridge.
     
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  3. BenJ1456

    BenJ1456 New Member

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    Would it still be worth it to put in the extra 4GB @ 1333MHz or would it be better to stay with my current 4GB at 1600MHz?

    Thanks for the fast reply!
     
  4. Mufflore

    Mufflore Ancient Guru

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    Did you set the memory voltage?
     

  5. BenJ1456

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    I didn't do anything after installing the new RAM, one thing I forgot to mention is that the motherboard says the new sticks are max 1333MHz, but that are 1600
     
  6. Mufflore

    Mufflore Ancient Guru

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    Set the memory speed and voltage correctly.

    Its possible your motherboard wont run the memory at its rated speed.
    Perhaps someone who knows more about AMD kit can help.
     
  7. AlxFitz

    AlxFitz Maha Guru

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    I'd have the 8GB at 1333, you wont notice any difference in underclocking the memory slightly.
     
  8. BenJ1456

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    So I tried setting the clocks to 1333 and the computer froze after about 6 minutes of prime95.
     
  9. Mufflore

    Mufflore Ancient Guru

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    Did you set the voltage?
     
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    I left the voltage at the stock 1.502v, should I underclock it one step?
     

  11. Agent-A01

    Agent-A01 Ancient Guru

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    Increase the ram voltage to 1.55, 1.6 if 1.55 doesnt work. Also raise the VDDNB/northbridge voltage by .05 .1 .15 and .2 in that order if the voltages arent high enough
     
  12. BenJ1456

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    Thank you so much! I raised the NB by .1 and set the RAM to 1.6 (1.599) and set the RAM to 1333MHz, then ran prime95 for 1/2 of an hour with no freezes or BSODs! Is there any way to get the 1600MHz, maybe raise the NB a little more?
     
  13. Mufflore

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    Change the memory multiplier/ratio.
     
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    Yes raise the memory multiplier/ratio by 2. Also, i think the voltages should be good for 1600mhz
     

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