Changing CPU or RAM to solve Windows 10 issues

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loukavr

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Hi!

My computer is having a lot of trouble booting and I get a BSOD ‘message: memory management’ from time to time. I'm running Windows 10. I’m looking for a way to fix this and my idea was to change the RAM and/ or CPU, since it would be a shame to throw the whole thing away. But first I would like to be sure that this would actually solve the problem.

Do you think that my troubles are caused by a hardware malfunctioning? If so, will changing any of the parts help?

System specs:
CPU: Intel i3-2100 3.10 GHz, 3MB Cache
RAM: Corsair XMS3, 4GB Dual channel
GPU: Gigabyte Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 OC (PCI-e, 1GB DDR 5, MINI-HDMI, 2x DVI)
Motherboard: MSI P67A-G45 (B3) Mainboard
Power: XFX PRO650W Core Edition
SSD: Seagate Momentus XT 500GB

Thanks!
 
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crjdriver

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First of all, in order to assist you, you need to post ALL of your exact system specs; ie exact motherboard, exact ram, exact video card, etc, etc, etc. Do not post "500W pw supply" Post the exact brand and model# Do that for all of your parts.
If this is a big box system, ie dell, hp, whatever, post the exact mfg and model# If you have a service tag# post that as well.
 

crjdriver

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Start with some basic troubleshooting. Download and run memtest http://www.memtest.org/
Let memtest run for at least 1~2hr to see if you have any errors. Check your temps and voltages; specifically cpu temp, 12V, 5V and 3.3V values.

I never build with msi boards however I believe msi has monitoring software on the support page for your mb [control center] Download this and install; post the temps and voltages. Do this twice once under a no load condition and once while stress testing with either prime95 or IBT [both free downloads]

Just as a general rule, cpus usually do not fail. In fact a cpu is actually pretty hard to hurt unless you overclock/overvolt or physically damage it during installation.
My money would be on a failing mb. MSI [IMO] is a mid-level mfg at best and the quality of msi boards is just not up to the quality of a high end asus or gigabyte board.
 

flavallee

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How long ago and how exactly did you install Windows 10 in your computer?
Is it Windows 10 Home or Pro, 32-bit or 64-bit?

The MSI motherboard in your computer doesn't appear to have full support for Windows 8 or Windows 10, so I don't know if that's part of the problem.

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loukavr

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Memtest is currently running. No errors so far (1h +).
I believe that I installed Windows 10 about a year ago, 64-bit. Ever since then the pc had the issue of restarting itself after staying idle for a few minutes. This problem occurs more frequently now and actually shows a BOSD error. Also, the booting trouble is new: more than half of the time I've to restart booting because it's taking forever.

*Update: the temps seem to be ok, they don't go over 60C while doing stress tests.

I really appreciate your help!
 
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