I've built a new PC for basic use, using fairly low end (but decent) components. I'm having a couple issues with it that I can't seem to get my head around. So far I've put it down to RAM incompatibility as that's the only thing I can think of.
The system was originally comprised of:
Thermaltake TT500NL2NL 500W PSU
ASUS P8B75-M Motherboard
Intel Pentium G2130 3.2.Ghz (LGA-1155)
Patriot Signature PSD38G16002H 8GB DDR3-1600 (single stick)
Samsung 840 Series 120GB SSD
After building, everything went great. Worked for a couple of weeks and then one day when turning it on, it just went into a reboot loop. Turning it on shows nothing on the display, runs for a few seconds, powers off, 2 seconds later it turns on and keeps doing that repeatedly.
After testing RAM and PSU, I put it down to the motherboard. Replaced it with a Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H. Again, everything went all fine for about a week and then started getting BSODs and errors when trying to boot Windows 8. Again, tested everything, couldn't find any issue, so this time I thought it must be the SSD. Put another SSD in, and during Windows install it started giving BSODs. I thought okay, must be RAM. So I swapped the RAM with G.Skill RipJaw 8GB DDR3-1600 (two 4GB sticks). Then, the computer started doing the whole reboot loop thing again! Replaced PSU with Corsair 520W, still rebooting. Tried another set of G.Skill RipJaws (4GB kit this time, 2x2GB) and worked for a bit then started doing the same thing.
Now, both the CPU and motherboard are supposed to natively support DDR3-1600 RAM. The RAM all works on other Intel motherboards/CPU combos so I know none of the sticks are faulty.
At the moment I'm just using a Patriot 4GB DDR3-1333 stick and seems to be okay, hopefully will continue to be okay.
Can anyone tell me what the hell is going on???
Best Answer T3X4S , 30 November 2013 - 12:25
Usually when your errors are completely erratic and make no sense - its RAM... usually.
You have done most of the process of elimination stuff something is missing.
I will tell you 1 time, I had weird startup and crash errors, and I knew the RAM was good. After a ton of testing, I figured out that I had created the tiniest of flex on the mobo due to me sticking wires behind it in an attempt to keep things clean. The flex of the mobo, even though very subtle, cause a periodic loss of connection on the contacts, causing RAM errors. I redid everything and it started like a champ. At first though, the errors it was causing did not seem like RAM - it was very hard to detect -