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  1. I built my eVga 680i setup using a e6600 and 2gb kit of OCZ Platinum rev 2 about a week ago and all is well. Sure i had a few quirks gettin it running but i always have that when building a new computer and unless youre really impatient or dont know what youre doing it should be easy to figure out. Not saying that some boards dont have problems but ive read WAY too many complaints from people that admit its their first build and they classy lady about not being able to throw it together and hit 3.6ghz. Couple of things i did, first off i flashed by BIOS the old school way with a floppy ( that windows BIOS flashing scares the hell out of me, besides you want the BIOS problems fixed BEFORE you install a single thing on it). Second, i pulled all the heatsinks off, scrapped that goo off and found out that it was not making contact hardly at all on any of them. So i put some normal thermal gease on there, didnt even use AS5, just regular stuff. I did have one big problem with the memory and that was related to which memory slots i used and my timings. When first built it i had read about problems with the blue memory slots so i used the black ones. Well at some point i switched my memory around to the blue ones and instantly had all kinds of memory related problems. Thinking it had screwed my memory i started doing alot of testing with MEMTEST to discover that it was indeed the blue slots that were causing me to get errors. Once i switched my memory back to the black slots everying was fine. I still had alittle bit of stability problems which i discovered something about DDR2 being designed to run at 2T? I didnt get this and had been trying to run mine at 1T. The OCZ guys told me that unless it is stated, all their DDR2 runs at 2T. That was a oversite on MY part cause i didnt research enough, NOT the boards fault. I also had to make sure i bumped my memory voltage up to 2v. So now i have a screamer @ 3.6ghz memory is running at 850mhz which it may do more but i havent messed with it since. My load temps are under 55c and it cooled by a ThermalRight Ultra-120 in a LiLian v-1000 Plus 2 case. The ONLY remaining problem i am having is with the PS/2 keyboard port. That is a real pain the butt cause when im trying to play a game it will beep and the keys stick in the game. I am hoping for a fix but i think i might just order a USB keyboard and be done with it. I have heard this is fixed in current versions of the board. Overall, sure this board has some quirks and a learning curve but nothing i havent had to deal with before. My old DFI Ultra-D was the same damn way and once i learned to work WITH the board instead of how i WANTED it to, i was able to get a extremely fast AMD setup going.
  2. Well when it comes to gaming you arent going to find much better than creative honestly. The big thing creative has is the EAX and they dont license it out at all so that limits you right there. I do wish another company would make a EAX card, maybe they would have better support but creative has been ok for me. Now they do have their quirks, they never release new drivers and you can have issues trying to get the things to install but i have never had a serious problem myself. I have used a SB live, audigy 1 and now a audigy 2 and the audigy 2 is for sure the better card. I think the best bang for the buck is a audigy 2 from newegg for $45. That card is all you need for gaming without all the extra crap they package with the card that you wont use and drives the price up. The Audigy 4 is also the same chip as the audigy 2 so dont be fooled, it just has a buncha extra crap with it. The only real step up would be the X-Fi line which is WAY over priced considering its shining achievement is better sound quality for headphones. Id like to get a X-Fi Fatality but for $300 i wont be getting one for years cause it isnt worth it. Its a love/hate thing with creative for most people. I have had decent luck with them, only ever suffering from the sound card not being detected as installed when i went to update drivers. Best advice i can give you, when you install it and get it working, LEAVE IT ALONE!! ahah
  3. Slammy

    venice core voltage

    Well i lapped my xp-120 after i noticed it was concave on the bottom. You could actually see marks on the bottom in the metal where it was contacting the corners of the cpu and nowhere else. I ran a credit card down it and it was pretty bad so i lapped it as best i could just to get it flat. So far my load temps are now 45c and i am 1.57vcore. I might try lowering the vcore because i havent messed with it at all since i lapped the HSF and the settings im at now were set from before. Either lapping it really helped or its because a cold front blew in yesterday night, it is 22c in my room now. I know the drop in temp could be from the cooler air but the lower voltage is something new, before, ANYTHING less than 1.6vcore would crash and now it is stable at 1.57 so something has changed. Ill get back to testing this weekend.
  4. Slammy

    venice core voltage

    well i run OCCT and MBM logger and both say my vcore stays at a steady 1.6v under full load. I guess im not concerned about the temps right now as 50c is TOO bad, hotter than i might like but livable. I was more concerned about how much voltage the actual chip can take. It is a 90nm chip so 1.6v seems high, if it was a 130nm chip i wouldnt sweat it but im alittle concerned about this chip. I am considering removing the IHS from my processor, i might give it a shot if i feel confident i can do it without screwing my chip up.
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    venice core voltage

    I have my xp-120 facing the same way as you but i did have it the other way and havent noticed any difference in temps at all. Supposedly it doesnt matter which way it is mounted so i dunno. Maybe it cause your case or something? I am clueless why my chip runs so hot and takes so much voltage to get stable at a mere 2.6ghz.
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    venice core voltage

    I have noticed there is a large difference between what the BIOS is set at and what is reported for the vcore. I am not sure which is correct. For instance MBM was showing a vcore of 1.6 exactly. Using the chart here http://www.dfi-street.com/forum/showthread.php?t=20823 I says my vcore is actually 1.66 since i was running 1.350 with a special of 123%. So you think maybe my IHS is in bad contact huh? I had thought about that but really cant take the risk of removing it since i cant afford to replace the processor if something goes wrong. I was looking at a new case, a lian li v1200 but it will be awhile and i dont think that will solve my OC problem either. Which memory slots are recommended for my memory anyways and i was curious as to why it matters so much?
  7. Slammy

    venice core voltage

    well honestly the lapping did nothing at all, waste of time apparently. Now my temps havent gone up or anything, it just runs right around 50c at load when it is OCed to 2.6ghz. Idle temp is right 38c when OCed and 35c when not. I have read that these chips usually hit 2.8-3.0ghz and with way lower voltage. I have reseated the HSF several times and my temps are always the same, 38c at idle and 50c at full load. I am using MBM, which i setup according to the guide here on this forum. It actually reads the core voltage lower than the BIOS does so i dont know which is right. Some of my other teamps are: Processor:37c nForce 4 ultra: 48c PWM: 43c 7800gtx: 49c Primary HD:57c SecondaryHD:36c temp in my room is 27c. The nforce4 temp will be lower as right now i have the voltage on it maxed as well as LDT to see if voltage as any effect on my OC ability. Oh yea, something new that has happened. I have gotten full screen corruption on the BIOS screen about 3 times now. This is totally new and i dont think it is related because it hasnt effect the way my setups runs or anything. I am going to try a reflash since i recently flashed back to the 6-23 bios from the newest one. The new BIOS made my computer act very strange and i figured out it was the BIOS that was causing it. I took a picture of my case so you guys can see teh layout, ill post it later cause i have to leave for a bit. Thanks for the help guys.
  8. Slammy

    venice core voltage

    I mean the heat spreader on the CPU is lapped, not the actual core. I read you arent supposed to lap the xp-120. I actually just turned my xp-120 around, i had it the other way but in the past i had found it cooled better this way.My memory was on the orange slots aswell.
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    venice core voltage

    Processor is lapped and has artic silver 5 on it. My lian li PC-60 case has 2 80mm intakes and 2 80mm exhaust which have all been changed out for vantec stealth series. I also have a nv-5 on my 7800gtx which you know blows its hot air out the back of the case. I dont get it, i thought my voltage and temps were high compared to what i had read. If i drop the voltage at all it becomes very unstable, crashes first game i load up at some point for sure. It is a DH-E3 chip, are these known to be crappy OCers or what? It has been this way since day one and i have tried angrys way of finding my cpu max OC and i always hit a wall at 2.6ghz. Now i just put in a 2gb OCZ gold xtc pc4000 kit and havent messed with my settings too much. Before i was running 4 memory sticks and thought that might be why i got such a poor OC. I am running my xp-120 with the heatpipes blocking one of the memory slots and the memory is in the yellow slots. Which slots are better for this memory? I didnt really notice any difference myself. I put this comp together back in aug of 05 and is my first AMD setup. I had a 2.4c P4 that i ran 100% stable at 3.3ghz for over 2 years and i am alittle disappointed by my OC on this AMD. Any advice is appreciated.
  10. What do you guys think about a +3500 venice running at 2.6ghz 260x10 1.6v cooled by a thermal right xp-120 with a panaflow medium speed fan? I am kinda concerned about the voltage, max temps under load are right around 50c. I have tried lower voltages but it just isnt stable.
  11. Yea go check the CS:S section and the tech forums. Just do a search, should bring something up as i know i have seen it on there before. If ya cant find anything though, just ask about it. As for the firewall, it is very easy to use honestly. No harder than norton or zone alarm really. Sure it has alot of extra options but most people dont need to mess with them to get up and running. Over time i have learned what just about every thing does by reading online and just foolin with it. I can confirm that the corrupted downloads issue was indeed fixed the 6.70 drivers too. There supposedly is a issue with gettin BSOD when using a PSP program but i havent messed with that yet. If there was im sure switch to non-offloadable would fix it as it used to be the fix for the corrupted download issue aswell.
  12. You cant just remove the pads and use compound there because the gap will be too big. On the rev2 coolers they actually have a slab of copper welded to the base to make it contact the memory. I looked at a rev3 when they came out to see what they changed and one thing was they got rid of the copper slabs and just used thermal pads. I liked the old way better myself but there were issues of the copper memory slabs not letting it sit on the GPU fully so they changed it. I had a rev2 on my 6800gt and used the same one on my 7800gtx. It went right on without issue other than the fan hookup which was a easy fix.
  13. That is a problem with STEAM, not the nvidia firewall. I used to have problems with the nvidia firewall but have switched to the 6.70 drivers and havent had a problem yet, no more corrupted downloads was the big one. A guy from nvida came on NforcersHQ and said that all the big issues had been fixed with the 6.70 driver. I hadnt bothered with the nvidia firewall since the 6.66 driver so i gave it a shot and it has been working fine since. Go to the STEAM website and look in teh support section or ask on the forum. I have seen your issue posted there before.
  14. Are you using the newest BIOS? Your board uses the same BIOS as my Nforce 4 ultra-d and i had the same problem as scenario 2 when i tried to overclock on that BIOS. I would startup my comp and get no video signal, power light on the case would flash on and off very slowly with long pauses, the last LED on the diagnostic lights would also flash and while all this was going on, all my fans would speed up and down. It was very weird. I flashed back to 6-23 BIOS and it hasnt done it since. I have a 3500+venice DH-E3.
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    OCZ memory help

    Hey guys i was wondering if anyone knew what the differences between these memory kits was and which would be better for my board. I am running a 3500+ at 260x11 but i can change that once i get new memory http://www.newegg.com/product/Product.asp?...N82E16820227219 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16820227066
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