Can Buying A New MB resolve my problems?

Back in 2014 I bought my first custom built Gaming PC.

After a few months I started noticing weird things while gaming: Artifacts, missing textures, windows was lagging out, corruption, BSODs every hour, that sort of stuff.

Had to reinstall my Windows, then everything worked fine again.

It took me about a year (and that meant about 3 reinstalls of Windows) to realise that it could be something with the Motherboard or the RAM.

Removed the second DDR3 8GB RAM Stick, didn't have to reinstall windows since.

Since my warranty on the custom built PC was still lasting, I gave the "faulty" RAM back to the guys who sold me and assembled my PC. They tested it, didn't find anything, sent it to the manufacturer.

Apparently it was fine.

I said: Well, it may be the Motherboard slot then. Gave the guys my whole PC to check, they had their own ssd with a fresh copy of windows (which meant they wouldn't find anything since it sort of takes time for the effects of the faulty components to show in windows reinstalls)

Instead of sending it to the manufacturer or testing it seriously, they told me they PLAYED GTA V ON IT and that they didn't see any FPS DROPS.

I don't know what they were thinking. I just took the PC home, everything worked fine without the RAM stick, but it was a pain in the ***, because I had additional RAM and it bottlenecked my build.

2016: In a match of CS:GO, still only one ram stick in build. LAN connection crashes.
"Default gateway is not available"

I never managed to get this under control. I tried reinstalling lan drivers, setting gateways, disabling the firewall, but no matter what I did, this problem persists to this day, happening to me every time I use the PC.

My USB devices crash unexpectedly. Steam Games get deleted on their own.

I just don't know what to do. I can't handle the stress of being in an important game and randomly disconnecting. I hate the fact that I can't use my second RAM stick. I am frustrated when my mouse stops working and I have to unplug it and plug it back in again. Reinstalling Steam games is also a waste of time.

My experience with PC gaming was never a dream, always interrupted. It sickens me I bought this pc for 1900€ and could never fully enjoy it.


Is it time for a new Motherboard? Can this be related to a faulty Motherboard?

My motherboard is hated online and so are it's LAN drivers.

Now my specs in detail, it may clear things up a bit. (Link to pc part picker)

https://de.pcpartpicker.com/user/Shadowman158/saved/#view=c8xFTW

Sorry for my bad English, I'm sick (fever dreaming actually) and it's late at night.

And as always, thank you for all answers in advance!
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  1. Wait, you said when you plugged in the second memory stick the problems with windows disappeared. Why can't you use a second ram stick again?
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  2. Sedivy said:
    Wait, you said when you plugged in the second memory stick the problems with windows disappeared. Why can't you use a second ram stick again?


    No, sorry, I always stated that I could use the Ram when it was a fresh windows install. If it wasn't, corruption, BSODs and artifacts would occur.
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  3. Oh sorry I got that backwards. I thought you said when you put in the second stick, the reinstalls stopped. Ok, I'm assuming you've tried other memory slots? If you have the standard four a1/a2/b1/b2, you've tried other combination of slots like a2/b2, a1/b1, a1/a2 and so on?
    Also, do you have the latest bios installed for your board?
    Are you within the warranty for your memory sticks? If you contact corsair, they'll first ask you if you've tried all of the above, and if you have, and explain that it only happens once adding the second stick of their memory, they should rma if within warranty period.
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  4. Sedivy said:
    Oh sorry I got that backwards. I thought you said when you put in the second stick, the reinstalls stopped. Ok, I'm assuming you've tried other memory slots? If you have the standard four a1/a2/b1/b2, you've tried other combination of slots like a2/b2, a1/b1, a1/a2 and so on?
    Also, do you have the latest bios installed for your board?
    Are you within the warranty for your memory sticks? If you contact corsair, they'll first ask you if you've tried all of the above, and if you have, and explain that it only happens once adding the second stick of their memory, they should rma if within warranty period.


    I have tried other memory slots combinations. Sadly, the sticks are no longer under warranty.

    There are BIOS updates availbile for my board, but I don't feel safe about updating it because of the USB crashes I have. I'm afraid that they'll occur during the update and therefore brick my board.

    Sorry for late answer, didn't check my mails.
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  5. Not a problem, I got busy as well. Yeah if you're having usb issues maybe updating bios should wait.
    So basically you're saying you either have two memory sticks and total instability over time, or one memory stick and stable system, albeit with 8gb less ram. If you are only on one stick, do you have same issues with usb, mouse etc?
    Is it possible you get a single stick of ram (new) same as the one you already have, try it out, and if still unstable, you return it?
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  6. Sedivy said:
    Not a problem, I got busy as well. Yeah if you're having usb issues maybe updating bios should wait.
    So basically you're saying you either have two memory sticks and total instability over time, or one memory stick and stable system, albeit with 8gb less ram. If you are only on one stick, do you have same issues with usb, mouse etc?
    Is it possible you get a single stick of ram (new) same as the one you already have, try it out, and if still unstable, you return it?


    The problems with the USB ports and the Ethernet persist even on a single stick of ram.

    The idea with the ram could work. When they allegedly sent the ram back to the manufacturer, it was fine, but when I tested it with Memtest, it got lots of errors in every phase.

    Fixing the problem with the ram doesn't fix the other problems (which can be caused by the motherboard). And if I buy and keep the new Ram, it's lost money anyway because a new motherboard won't be compatible with this type of ram.
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  7. Ahhh so it's multiple issues after all. But I have to say, before you just buy the new mobo or memory, try and see how much it would cost to check the rest of your components. If you have a friend's computer that would support it, you could take out your gpu and plug it into his/hers to see if it's working ok. Graphical artefacts could well be from gpu issues. It could also be psu that's over time not performing as well, and choking the rest of the components. You can test voltage tolerances of the psu manually too https://www.wikihow.com/Check-a-Power-Supply (scroll down to part 2).
    In other words, taking your rig for the individual components to be tested one by one is the surest way of finding out what components can be rescued from your system. Don't just commit to buying mobo. If it's for example, the psu, then you've just wasted a lot of money and not solved the issue. If possible, take it to a different repair shop from the one you used before and explain components have to be checked individually.
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