I've been having BSOD issues with my PC. The hardware specs are as follows:
Intel i7-4820k @ 3.70ghz
16gb (2x8gb memory sticks) Corsair Ram
GTX 770 2gb GPU
250SSD and a 1TB hard drive
The issues started occuring about 4 or 5 months ago, and started to increase in frequency. They can range from not occuring at all for weeks at a time, to occuring multiple times in a day. They occur during any state, whether idle on the main windows screen, or browsing the net, or during gaming.
I've stress tested both the CPU and the GPU and no problems at all have been detected. The PC was a pre-built cyberpower one, that mentioned that the CPU is overclocked. There are overclocking options in the BIOS but everything was on default (and I've detected no overclock that I can see during testing, everything seems to be working to specification). I am very much a novice with PC's though, so I could easily be missing something!
However, with extensive MemTest86 v6 testing, it's picking up about 2-300 errors between tests 6-8. These occur with both sticks (tested both individually) and across different memory slots on the mobo.
I can guess it's a sign of bad RAM and the solution will be to replace them, but just wanted to know if there's any other options I can try to be sure it's definitely the RAM before I purchase replacement (sadly it's about 9 months out of warranty now).
Another issue is I'm unable to update Windows 8.1. For some reason, when it updates now, something always occurs afterwards, either issues starting up Window's (fails to start and have to system restore) or sudden driver issues, which again requires a system restore to before the update to fix. Could an issue in the Windows OS be related? I have a Window's 8 disk, but don't want to format and reinstall (and then go through all the subsequent updates to 8.1) unless it's necessary, with Windows X coming soon I'll just upgrade to that if it can wait.