Repeated RAM failure... help?
Ok, so I recently built a computer, and things were working fine until hurricane Ike came through. I got hit with a power surge(yes, my computer was off during the storm, it happened days later when I decided that it was safe to turn it back on- I was wrong, apparently).
My RAM died after I went onto the internet; the comp didn't restart, and the CD rom drive wouldn't open, which made me realize that it was likely a RAM failure.
So today, I got new RAM. Put it in, comp booted up fine. I got on the internet, and was on barely 10 minutes, when the RAM failed again.
Thinking that it was possibly a CPU problem, I switched out cpus, only to find that it was not the problem; comp still wouldn't boot up.
So what's the deal here? Why is my ram failing? Is it really possible that a power surge caused this? My neighbor got hit my like 60 of them, and yet their comp still runs fine... but that's my luck, it seems. Or is just that my sicks aren't compatable and they failed because of that?
My comp stats are as follows:
The board is an MSI-945GCM478, CPU is Celeron D 3.06 ghz. The memory that originally died was a single Crucial 1 gb stick(I only bought one due to lack of cash), the new ones that died(installed two 512 mb this time around) are PDi, I believe. Wasn't my top choice, but it was all they had.
I tried calling MSI, to no avail. It seems that there number leads to a conference room, and their site(contact us section) is a joke, to say the least. None of the click and pick options described my problem well.
I believe it came with a three year warranty... so how do I cash in on that if I can't contact them? I want to just exchange the board... I really think the DIMM slots are messed up, RAM shouldn't just die immediately.
I would buy new sticks, but I'm afraid this will just happen again; already happened twice, why not three times, eh?
Help will be greatly appreciated... I am on the verge on just chucking the thing in the trash. This is the third comp I've lost due to hardware failure, and I am seriously about to just give up, and turn my back on computers all together.