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  1. xenkw0n

    Refining my overclocked i5-2500k

    I just want to say that your 212 Evo should be able to cool better than that. I'm kind of leaning towards bad airflow or needing to re-apply thermal paste being your biggest issue. 90c after only -7- minutes on Prime95 means you were going to get even hotter than that. 80c while gaming is extremely high for a normal 4.4-4.5ghz overclock on a 2500k. If I remember correctly these chips still had soldered heatspreaders so they should run even cooler than an IvyBridge. How much vcore actually gets applied while you're monitoring in Windows with your current offsets? Something is off, or your ambient is like 35c.
  2. Why on earth would you be turning off your monitor or changing any video inputs that are plugged into your GPU if it is doing a stress test or even playing a game? You really need to stop using computers or just buy a MAC if you're going to intentionally look for problems instead of just using it like a normal person.
  3. My NH-U14S keeps my 6800k OC'd to 4.1ghz 1.25v with 3000mhz memory and 3.4ghz cache under 70c during stress testing. Although I think these chips are soldered and the 8700k is not... Still, the X99's have a higher TDP at stock so my overclock should still give you some confidence in that air cooler - Especially at $15! What a steal.
  4. I have 3 of these monitors. All I did was set the brightness on the monitor around 35-40%, Contrast at 75%, Make sure deep sleep mode is disabled, that might be what you were experiencing before, Normal Mode (3ms) vs. Fast Mode (1ms) is that you will get ghosting (that white trail you mentioned) unless you're using Normal mode. It's a trade-off for the price of the monitor imo. If you have an Nvidia graphics card make sure GSync is enabled, If your game falls between ~30fps and 144fps then GSync will be in effect, it does what VSync was meant to do without adding any additional input lag (changes monitor refresh rate to stay in sync with FPS so you don't see any screen tearing). I set a max fps in games that support commands like that (142fps is what I use to make sure it never gets to 144fps, at that point vsync can get enabled if you don't have it explicitly disabled) to make sure GSync is always enabled. Also in Nvidia color options; Gamma: ~.65 Digital Vibrance: ~70% With these settings the washed out effect is basically gone and any 'banding' issues will be minimized (usually effected most by higher brightness settings).
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    The Official 'i Just Bought...' Thread

    Bose are overpriced for the quality. Those Logitechs should fit a nice niche for you, decently priced and make average noise.
  6. Ah ok, yes - The grill took some TLC. I used the dremel to cut out the bars but because it's plastic it started to melt as I was using it from all the friction/heat. Did it well enough to cut the bars off without digging too much into the sides then hand-sanded the little stubs I left behind until it was flush with the inside wall where the bars used to connect. Once I primered and painted it looked like it was meant to be that way with the 240mm grill I used against the metal part of the front case. I luckily still have all of my 3 1/2 bays (so that makes 5 in total that I didn't take the dremel to). I even somehow managed to keep the keys that came with the case 18 and 16 yrs ago since I have 2 originals. I use the silver case for my mothers PC, it was the case to a computer she originally bought back in the early 2000's so when I rebuilt a PC for her recently I repurposed it for her. She actually likes the silver of the case and that it still looks very clean with the door attached (I hate the doors). The one I modded here is my media server and my main PC is in a Phanteks Enthoo Pro. I'm glad I have this one set up as my media server since it was used as my main rig for the past 3 weeks as my X99 build had it's 2nd processor die in the past 15 months. 3rd time's the charm, huh!? I got ASUS to send me a new board too since I'm inclined to believe the processors aren't all defective and the motherboard was probably killing them.
  7. So I figured I would start a thread to help keep track of my work and for anyone else who is interested. The plan is to mod my old Chieftec/Antec/Chenming "Dragon" case (blue) and give it a facelift into the 21st century. It rocks 5 different places for measly 80mm fans (2 intake, 2 exhaust, 1 side-panel) and as long as you have decent fans can get the job done albeit a little noisier for the same performance of what a 120mm fan can provide at lower RPM's. A little backstory - This case originally housed an old Alienware case (~1999) with a Pentium 4 1.7ghz and GeForce 3 Ti500. That computer actually lasted until I wanted to build a new computer in 2009 where the case went on to house my X58 ASUS P6T, i7 920, 6gb Corsair XMS3 and a monster in both size and power draw in the GTX 285. After BFG closed its doors and the lifetime warranty went away with it I purchased the Arctic Cooling Accelero Extreme that was custom fit for the GTX 285 and turned the card into a 2 slot, extremely long behemoth into a... 3 slot extremely long behemoth albeit with much better cooling now that it rocked 3 direct 92mm fans blowing across a massive heatsink. That was as far as the upgrades went for this machine until I eventually purchased a GTX 970 at the end of the summer in 2015 - which has since moved into my new build (X99 6800k). After the new build was complete I put some energy in sprucing up the old X58 which is when I found out you could run Xeon processors in these motherboards and they overclocked like champions (never would have built a new machine had I known this). Well I pulled out another old Chieftec/Antec/Chenming "Dragon" case (silver) that used to hold a different Alienware system with an AMD Athlon XP 1800+ and a Radeon 9700 Pro(the one was purchased by one parent and then the other a couple years later by another parent). I cleaned up the silver case and got it prepped to house my upgraded X58 system after recently purchasing; Xeon W3680 6 core w/ hyperthreading overclocked to 4.2 ghz Noctua NH-U14S 24gb KLEVV 2800mhz RAM (running at 1800mhz CL8 1.5v) Refurbished GTX 960 PNY CS1311 240gb SSD Silverstone USB 3.0 PCIe x2 card w/ 2 19pin connectors Silverstone USB 3.0 x4 + Headphone/Microphone 3.5" bay A couple 2.5 and 3.5 to 5.25 mounting brackets to relocate some drives 4 SilenX Effizio 80mm Fluid Dynamic Fans Evercool 5 fan splitter with Molex power connector BitFenix 1 Molex to 3 Molex splitter It cost a little more than I planned but has revitalized that computer like never before in a freshly cleaned case, added cables for some actual wire management and USB 3.0/Audio front ports (board didn't support USB 3.0 and the case didn't have any front panels - 2 birds 1 stone). I actually ended up buying a used P6X58D-E motherboard for $100 and used my old P6T in another Xeon X5670 build I put together for a friend. The Xeon's can be bought for ~$65 right now (unreal) and pack a serious punch when overclocked. This takes me back to my now uninhabited blue case which I have decided to try my luck at modding. The initial plan is to replace the 80mm fans and cut out space on the front panel to hold 2 120mm fans + cut out space on the back panel to hold 2 92mm fans. To do this I first removed the 3.5" drive bay supports and cut the top drive bay so the bottom portion is removed, leaving me with 2 3.5" drive bays accessible. This presents a separate problem since I'll need to add a place to support the front of the drive bay since the supports are removed. The plan is to weld a piece of steel to the top of the drive bay and slice out a place in the front panel for it to stick through so it can be supported. So far I've done the preliminary cuts to be able to better measure the front panel and mark the places I'll need to cut/drill. The other places I'll be cutting is the motherboard try and provide some space for some better wire management. Once I finish cutting everything I plan on painting the entire case... Which I'm thinking I'll need to sand everything before applying some primer and then a coat of paint... This is where I have even less experience so any guidance on that part would be greatly appreciated. Now for the pictures! Here are the two cases side-by-side with the silver one currently housing my upgraded X58 system; Here's a shameless plug with pictures of the X58 system running with all of it's new toys; And here are some shots of the blue case after I cleaned it and finished some preliminary cuts;
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    [WTB] LGA1156 Motherboard

    Some of your are referencing 1366 which is X58 and OP is talking about 1156. X58 systems are still viable because of the 6 core Xeon's that overclock really well and support for 48GB of RAM. 1156 is kind of a dead-end anymore and has underwhelming performance. It's the reason I asked "Why?" - For 100$ you could get a used X58 board and then grab a X5650 for $20 and instantly have a much faster computer than any 1156. If it's for enthusiast/personal appeal, I get it.
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    [WTB] LGA1156 Motherboard

    You're gonna need a big heatsink to catch the wind.
  10. Nice! Yea, this case originally came from an old Alienware system with a P4 and GeForce 3 Ti 500. I'm also saving up for a house so that's more of a reason to just call it a day with the computer. Most of the money really came from the hard drives and they'll work in any system so whenever I do decide to upgrade again (years++) they can still be used. @Boinker - What do you mean by leaving the louvers in place? You mean the front grill with the bars? I wanted to open it up and expose the fans more. I was able to keep 2 of the 3 3.5" bays available while still fitting in the 2 120mm fans which is a win. I could put another 3.5" device or extra hard drive if I needed to. The case itself is just a classic. The biggest problem with it compared to today's cases is the lack of any real way to do decent cable management and the fact it comes with 5 x 80mm fan spots. Upgrading them to 2 x 120mm in front and 2 x 92mm in back really helps airflow and being able to use bigger, quieter fans (which reminds me I will be replacing the fan in the hot swap bay since it's the loudest thing in the case.
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    Old Build New Vid Card

    Make sure you overclock it if you get one. Even a 212 Evo would keep that CPU cool at 4.0ghz.
  12. So I'm pretty much officially done. The computer is up and operational operating as a full time media server, part time gaming machine. Put in a Samsung 950 Pro 512GB NVMe SSD with a PCIe adapter and a 3x5.25 to 4x3.5 hard drive hot-swap bay. I will see about fabricating something for the top section to cover the cables later down the line. A little over a year after I started; The end! Wish I had a better camera for dark situations without flash. Always gets blurry because of the lights.
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    Old Build New Vid Card

    Because it's still viable, and any card you get for this one could easily just be moved into a new system if he plans on upgrading again. I was just giving cheap options he can do to speed up his current system. X58 still has better IPC than the AMD FX processors and overclocks better, so it's definitely still viable, regardless of it's age. I bought myself a GTX 970 from a GTX 285 specifically for use within an X58 system and when I upgraded to X99 I just brought the GTX 970 with me and currently use that. Waiting for next gen graphics cards since the 970 is just fine for my needs. Either way, GPU's are the one thing that can always be moved over from an old to a new system, so why not get something nice and prolong the life out of X58 until the dust settles between this war with Intel and AMD which is when everyone will benefit!
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    Old Build New Vid Card

    They haven't produced any 1366 socket CPU's since 2012. What I'm referencing is buying a used Xeon off of Ebay. The X5650 is the cheapest of the X56xx series of Xeon CPU's that you can get for your system. They overclock extremely well and run a lot cooler than the 45nm CPU's (i7 920, 930, 940, 950 960). For 20$ you get a CPU with 2 more cores, 4 more threads, more cache, higher stock QPI frequency, better temps, better IPC, and higher OC potential. USB 3.0 is whatever, you could just as easily get a PCIe card for USB 3.0 ports. Those memory sticks are probably dual rank when taking their age into consideration but so are pretty much any 3x2GB kits you would find on ebay and yes, they'll all work together. The ones you have though have extremely tight timings so if you plan on using XMP and don't have sticks that can match those timings at 1600mhz then you'll have to manually adjust the timings to something the slowest memory in your system can run at. It might just be easier to pick up 3x4gb sticks like the ones I linked to and sell yours. Will put less strain on the IMC using 3 sticks instead of 6, both ways get you to 12GB. Aside from that... You'll still want a better graphics card than a 285 to use for today. I have one in storage at this point, can't really think of a use for it but I put a massive aftermarket cooler on it so I'm keeping it around.
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    Old Build New Vid Card

    A 285 will be significantly slower than a 1050 and consume 3249082932842 times more power. If you update to the latest BIOS you'll also be able to buy a 6 core Xeon X5650 that will most likely have no problems overclocking to 4ghz. They are only a little over $20 off of Ebay right now. If you really want to extend the life of that system I would go that route and also pick up some more memory. 4gb Samsung sticks like these run $20 a piece and can overclock really well; http://www.ebay.com/itm/4GB-Samsung-M378B5173CB0-CK0-PC3-12800U-DDR3-1RX8-Non-ECC-Computer-Memory-RAM-/172835006050?hash=item283dc4e662:g:YXIAAOSwwG9Zm5w9 You could also snipe some more 2gb sticks for dirt cheap and get 12gb total running in your system.
  16. Yes - Specifically with Ryzen. I have an X99 system.
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    Building a new one

    You're upgrading from a 6900k? The only time I'll go water cooling is if it's a custom loop. If you already got it and it fits the motherboard, it will work great.
  18. That's also very true. It's why I run my 3200mhz sticks at 2800mhz with tighter timings and less voltage. BIOS updates are also a huge difference maker if your manufacturer has released updates containing newer AGESA code.
  19. The RAM you have is not the preferred Samsung "B" die. Still, they're rated at those speeds at 1.35v so there's no guarantee you'll be able to get them to run at higher speeds with less voltage. Ryzen is still picky with memory as well.
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    Building a new one

    The NH-D15S is a top of the line air cooler - It will keep that processor just as cool as most AIO's.
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    Suggestions for Mid-Line Card?

    The next generation cards are also right around the corner. If anything they'll drive the prices down of the GTX 1060 and RX 580.
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    Check My Parts

    Why would you need a RAID 0 of SATA TLC SSD's when a 960 Pro would be faster anyway?
  23. Took some time but it's mostly put together. As far as most of the aesthetics are concerned, it's basically done. Going to try and get a Samsung 950 Pro to work as a boot drive on the X58 platform and add that as well. Then I will be adding a hard drive bay in 3 5.25" slots for some HDD lovin'.