I received a m5a97 le r2.0 for Christmas along with an amd fx6300 and 8gb(2x4gb) compatible g.skill ram. I struggled to get the machine to post for a while it got to bios once or twice but crashed on attempted boot. So I started testing the ram cards I removed one stick and the machine booted fine. I figured the other card must be broken but I wanted to be sure so I tested it and it worked fine as well. I moved on to testing the slots themselves with those working just fine as well, so I put both sticks in the recommended position of 2,4 but no bios no screen flash nothing. I took out one card and ran the windows memory test and that came back clean as well. So now I can take either card out and it works fine(though with only 4gb), anyone got any ideas I'm not very experienced at this so its got me completely stumped. I'm running windows 7 x64 with the dram timing tuned to the recommended settings.