Memory issue / question

Darktanian

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I bought 4 sticks of 4GB Corsair DDR3 Vengence memory, and I believe one stick is bad. Upon boot up, the PC would just shut down before starting Windows. My Mobo is a FX 990 Sabertooth AM3+, and it has little LED's that let me know there's a problem. Well, I removed two sticks and it booted and loaded Windows, but only showed 4 GB of RAM instead of 8.

I went to AMD's overdrive program, and it showed that the #1 slot wasn't registering any Ram in it. I replaced the stick that wasn't showing with another stick, and it now shows 8 GB's of RAM.

First question......does that prove one stick is bad?

Second question.....can I run 3 sticks of RAM instead of 2 or 4?
 
The best way to pinpoint that stick as the problem would be to boot with it alone installed. Might as well do this with all your sticks, one at a time. Run Prime95's Blend test for a couple of minutes on each one if it boots.

Nice avatar, incidentally.
 

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I'm almost afraid to mess with the ram now, as Windows Experience Index has it at a 7.7 right now. It was at 7.5 before. I guess I can live with just 8 GB of Ram lol.

nikorr this is the link... http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&q=4GB+Corsair+DDR3+Vengeance&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&biw=1216&bih=615&wrapid=tlif132789550079210&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=10900801257070145543&sa=X&ei=uBMmT_iUGYrMtgff1unmDw&ved=0CE4Q8gIwBA#

Question unanswered.....Can I run 3 sticks of this in an FX 990 AMD Sabertooth Mobo?

Oh, and thanks for the avatar compliment kajabla. I made it blink with MGI 4.