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  1. could you elaborate? i'd like to know more. also, what you are saying seems to be in conflict with what Spritzup mentioned earlier. maybe not though as the previous comment seemed to be CPU ralated rather than memory related. i'm not trying to be argumentative. i'm just trying to learn as much as possible. thanks for you help guys.
  2. So, I'm wondering what drivers I should be using to take advantage of what I've got. In source I get a lot of lag once sound effects come into play - very annoying. I'm thinking that I may not be utilizing my drivers correctly and/or there was a better driver a while back that I never new about. Can I get some help with this? Currently I have the latest nvidia system drivers. I swapped out the audio driver that comes with this bundle in favor of the audio driver that is currently up on nvidias website as it is slightly newer and claims to fix some game sound issues.
  3. The other day I heard something for the first time that kinda' shook up my "onboard" world. "I just installed a new audigy 2 ZS and I got 10 more FPS in counter-strike:source". You see, I've been relying on my onboard sound card to power the audio for my system. Well, I figured this would be more than satisfactory for gaming. Apparently using onboard audio utilizes quite a bit of one's CPU though (I didn't know this previously = novice). I'm wondering if y'all can educate me a little more on this. I'm also wondering if this applies to all onboard components. Should I got pick up a separate NIC card and stop using the onboard connections?
  4. Which one is better? I'm a little confused on these two technologies, but it seems that they are competitors. I may be way off though. Let's see if I have this right. Dolby Digital is for DVDs, Games, etc that were actually made with it originally, where DTS is a format that is programmed into DVDs for movies that were not originally programmed into a 5.1 (or 6.1) format. Is that right? Basically I'm trying to figure out which is the best sounding (quality wise) option to choose. I know this isn't an audiophile forum, but I thought I'd post here just in case.
  5. Bump. Sorry to do it, but I thought I'd give this question another chance. Anyone?
  6. alright. well it was a nice thought. putting it that way de-mystifies it though. that's for sure.
  7. that is lowered. stock is 10.5. I guess the only way it would be beneficial is if all of a sudden it made the chip run at a lower "required" voltage. Meaning, I could obtain the same clock that I'm at now only it would be with a lower voltage ( like a real mobile chip does it!) and therefore more stable. Is this correct? Is my thinking right? Will my chip always be forced to be a 1.65 volt chip (stock voltage) or will this mod force it to run stable at 1.45(stock mobile voltage)? It sure would be great to have a toaster sig with a 3000 chip! Chris
  8. http://www6.tomshardware.com/cpu/20041001/index.html This article tells how to convert an Athlon XP to an XP mobile. Anyway, has anyone used this to create a more stable XP chip at otherwise XP-M only clock speeds? Does this conversion force the XP chip to require less voltage to run its stock clock speed (or overclocked speeds for that matter)? This must have been tried before. What are the findings?
  9. Well, after doing several searches I'm at a loss as to what settings are going to work well with these chips. Previously I believed that I was working with BH-6 chips and as such it was pretty clear. Now however, after reading the post on different memory manuf. and their respective memory modules I've come to understand differently. It seems as if there are relatively few owners of TCB3 chips out there. If there is anyone with any sort of overclocking successes with these chips, I'd love to know what you timings are. Thanks, Chris
  10. hmm. is it pretty solid? I'd love it if someone went into some depth on it - specifics as to how/why it works. past experiences would be great too!
  11. I'm curious to know more about this. My RAM is 2-3-2-5 while in CPU-Z it says 3-3-2-6. what is the signifance of this second set of numbers? is this a CPU-Z recommendation or is this what the bios is telling it to say? I'm a bit confused. What should I be doing with this info? Chris
  12. i have a friend looking into powersupplies at the moment. Where is it that he could pick up this one for 65 shipped?
  13. Not that I'm the most experienced when it comes to RAM, but I don't know what that manufacturer is. Do you know what kind of chips you have on it? My RAM, which came with BH6 chips needs all the voltage I can give it - I'm at 3.3 volts. If your's is like mine you may want to raise the voltage on that. However, I'm a novice at this so you will want to wait for others opinions. Chris
  14. eeeewwww. Neato. Thank man. Cool stuff.
  15. Thanks KoN. Good info. Unfortunately I kinda' figured that would be the case as far as the voltages go so I think I'm just about maxed out - DAMN YOU 3000! I'll leave CPC alone. Interesting about the dual channel. Sounds like an even trade off so I ought to just leave it in dual channel mode. Legacy - I dropped my multiplier as per AGs recommendation and was able to get a higher FSB. Was previously stuck at 222, but after lowering the multiplier got up to 235 with the same CPU clock. I'm sure we'd be in a much easier spot if we had mobile chips though. Of course this was before I blew up my fan speed controller and lost the use of my 4800 RPM CPU fan.
  16. So, a little history may be in order. I used to have these 2 fans connected to my silverstone fan speed controller until it blew up last night. That sucked, because all of a sudden my clocked CPU all of a sudden had no air! Emergency Stop! Cut the Power! Anyway, these 2 fans come with 3 pin connectors. All I have available to me are the 4 pin connectors on the PSU. Are there adapter options available to me? I can't see why not, but maybe someone could point me in the right direction. Thanks for the tips. No blown headers for me! Chris
  17. Well, I know I posted a lot of questions. Sorry for that, but they are all things I've been wondering and searching the forum for. I've not turned up much so I'm just flat out asking. Hopefully you guys can help me out. If not, you've all still been great thus far and it is greatly appreciated. Chris
  18. http://www.delta.com.tw/products/dcfans/pdf/FFB929238.pdf The ffb0912EHE is one of my fans and will be used for the CPU. The link above gives the specs on it incase that helps in answering the question. Chris
  19. I have 2 4800 RPM delta fans that need a lot of juice. I'm assuming I'll blow any fan header I use on the motherboard if I connect these delta fans into them, but I wanted to make sure. Anyone know about this? I did search, but only found one relevant post and it didn't tell much. Thanks guys. Chris
  20. Aw man! You got me all excited for a relevant post! Haha Anyway, you ought to post your voltages. Would tell more about your situation.
  21. Two more quick questions. Is Dual Channel Mode hurting my RAM overclock? Is the Pencil RAM volt mod something I ought to consider? Well, shoot. I guess it is three questions because now that I'm at 3.3volts on my RAM I assume things are gonna' get pretty hot for them. Are the stock heat spreaders gonna' be good enough or should I consider some form of new passive cooling? Really, thanks so much guys. It's been educational... and fun too. I really enjoy learning all this stuff. Chris
  22. So, what is CPC? I see people saying that by turning it off they get more FSB. Is this something I should be concerned with? What does it do and what are the pros and cons of turning it off/leaving it on? Also, should I leave my AGP voltage alone if I have the FSB locked at 66? Should the FSB be slightly increased to improve stability? I know that the AGP FSB can't be increased much without causing problems, but I'm just wondering if there is any stability to be gained there (AGP FSB and/or voltage). I'd like to learn more about voltages in general. I see that the BH6 should be completely fine at 3.3 so I'm gonna' go for it (the highest I've tried is 3.2). However what is a safe voltage on the CPU and the chipset? I've tried 1.9 and 1.7 respectively on them. That seems to me like it should have been enough, but I may be wrong. What do y'all think? Thanks again. Chris
  23. I think that before I go with a 2500/2600 I'd like to push my existing 3000 to its limit. I have found through CPU-Z (thanks king of nothing) that the multiplier is not locked on my CPU. In fact i tinkered with it a little bit, lowering it in hopes that I would be able to achieve a higher FSB from it. Every time I make an adjustment I've been running Prime95, but instead of it finding errors my machine soft/hard locks after about 30 - 60 minutes. No errors register with Prime 95. I think at this point I should try to get a grasp on what it is that needs tweaking to improve stability. I know that raising the voltage to the RAM, CPU, and Chipset will raise stability. I also know that loosening my RAM timings a bit will raise stability. I've done both of these and had some success, but at the faster FSB settings I get hardlocking. Any and all suggestions are completely appreciated here. I wanna' push my RAM and CPU as much as I can - if for no other reason then to prove to me that the mobile chip(s) would be a worth while investment. It may turn out that better RAM (my RAM is BH6) is also something worth looking into. Thanks for all of your help thus far. It's been great. Chris
  24. Well then I ought to check the CPU-Z setting. Not sure where to find it, but I'm sure I will. Any help there is appreciated, but I'll be adventurous at the same time. So, the only difference then between a 3000 and a 2500/2600 is merely their clock and FSB. Otherwise they are identical? If that is the case then it is an even stronger argument for the 2500/2600. Thanks again. Great response times here! Chris
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