So, this weekend I saw a pretty cool case at my local Tiger Direct. I decided to pick it up and thought it would be an easy task. Sadly, I was dead wrong.
Once I got all my PC components switched over to the new case, my motherboard was telling me there was a memory error. I found this odd as I haven't changed memory, and didn't even remove the ram when transferring the motherboard over. After a lot of playing around, I found that ram slots 1 & 2 would not work with any of my ram sticks, but all four ram sticks worked in slots 3 & 4.
I tried everything I could think of to resolve the problem (cleared CMOS, rolled bios back & re-updated to newest version, removed battery, unplugged everything but the bare essentials, etc. etc.).
After hours of working on this, I figured the motherboard must be bad (it's a couple years old or so). So, I decide to get a new motherboard (and new CPU since I was a generation behind) and got an MSI z87-GD65. Got everything hooked up, looked great, but had the same problem when all four ram sticks were in. This time, it's slots 1 & 2 that work, and not slots 3 & 4.
Then I thought, maybe it's a power supply issue. Get a new PSU, still same issue. After two days and every possible idea on troubleshooting, I'm still stuck, and ended up buying a lot of new components that I didn't need all because I wanted a new case. Anyone have any ideas or suggestions to consider? I'm confident it isn't the ram itself as all four sticks work when in the slots that work. I've also tried completely different ram from another computer with the same result. I find it extremely odd that this problem happened on my original mobo that I've used the past two years, and also a brand new one.
I should have never bought a new case... Too bad there isn't system restore for real life!