Originally Posted by Skrizin
Size 2048 MBytes
Manufacturer Patriot Memory
Max Bandwidth PC2-6400 (400 MHz)
Part Number 8500EL Series
SPD Ext. EPP
Anything I can do about overheating? I had Starcraft launcher open at that time. Right now with no games open it's at 53 now.
OK, first off that ram can run at higher speed than your motherboard will allow. Your motherboard is running them at 800mhz, and you can't set it any higher because of your board limitations. This is common, however there is a big problem with you even using it.
As it turns out, I am surprised your system does as well as it has at all, from what I'm reading. Here's the rundown, your motherboard (ECS G31T-M) is not the greatest. The specifications for it are actually misleading as they claim "DDR2 800 up to 4gb". It's a bit of a play on words though, you can't have both
800mhz and 4gb w/ it and still have a stable system.
Most motherboard manufactures have a qualified vendor list of the ram it will support, and ECS does, however it is one of the most incomplete lists I have ever seen almost to the point of being useless, but it did clue me in on something. So I checked with Patriot Memory to see what they have listed for compatibility for your board, and its pretty clear to me that your not going to be able to use that ram in that configuration. The possibility of you removing 1 of the sticks and reducing the total amount to 1 x 2gb and still allowing the motherboard to run it at 800mhz is even
unlikely. That board really isn't going to handle more than 2 sticks of 1gb running at 800mhz.
The gist of it is, the most you can do with you have currently is to only run 1 stick, and have it clocked at 667mhz, you could try both sticks at 667 and it may work I don't know.
Fixing this is likely beyond your comfort level, but if you want to give it a try here are your options...
1. you should
go and download memtest86+, learn about it and use it to work through this problem. But even when it is verified I'm pretty positive you are just going to end up doing option 2 anyway. So you might just start here...
2. clock the sticks down to 667mhz and play your games to see if it fixes the problem. You'll be running a little slower but you might not crash during games. If that doesn't work, remove 1 stick and keep it at 667.
or you can
3. Buy a new motherboard, and if your dad still builds computers then it shouldn't be a problem to replace the one you got, except for the price and availability of the type of board you'll need to go with the rest of your parts :/