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  1. The way I see it if $50 can get me noticably lower, then it is money well spent. I know this Sempron can go farther, it just lacks the cooling.
  2. I am using the stock HSF with thermal pad on this rig. I have it overclocked to 2.4GHz, it reaches about 43C load. I love having the lowest temps possible. I was looking into the XP-90 along with a 92mm Panaflo fan. The total would come to around $50. Now I am asking, would I see decreases in temperature if I used the XP-90 + Panaflo + Arctic Silver 5? I would expect it would, but you never know. Also, what about compatibility? Does it look compatible? Any advice would be appreciated.
  3. Corsair and DFI don't mix well. 250MHz with 5-2-2-2? Odd timings you have there. Try more lax timings like 2-3-3-8 and see if you can reach 250MHz.
  4. Yeah, DFI boards are power hungry S.O.B's. Especially when you have all that in your sig with a cheap generic case PSU. Look into an OCZ Modstream 480W or 520W, invest some good $$ in a nice PSU, 450W+ at least.
  5. RAM could be the issue, but if you have loose timings on a divider then there shouldn't be any issues. Of course, if you got really unlucky and got a bad stepping on the Opteron, then that could be the problem. I would get the OCZ GE and see how that does. Have you upped the chipset voltage? Make sure LTD/FSB is set to 3x instead of 4x just to be safe, and set the multiplier to stock instead of "Auto"
  6. Try a BIOS flash to start off with. When you say you CANNOT overclock do you mean it crashes with the slightest upping of the FSB or that you don't have the option to in BIOS?
  7. Yes I did lol and everything has been ship-shape for 2 weeks except today when the speakers started cracking weird, I wonder if they are dying.
  8. I have a set of 2.1 speakers my friend gave to me a while back. They work pretty nice. They have worked fine at least until today. I get home from school, and turn them on. Now when I listen to music, I get a small cracking noise maybe once every 10-20 seconds. It sounds like something isn't connected all the way. I haven't touched my computer and it worked last night, I don't get it. Could it be a sign of overclocking or what? I am lost as this couldn't just happen out of nowhere.
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  10. I used 2 sets of that RAM in 2 different DFI NF3 250Gb boards. Both loaded up and did slight overclocks without a problem or lock-up. Don't get it if you plan on heavy overclocking, but it does great on games and such.
  11. You can play BF2 without a headset, it isn't needed. "Supposedly" the next patch is supposed to release support for higher resolutions. I know I was pissed too, because my monitors native resolution is 1280x1024. I just use 1024x768 on medium settings heh.
  12. If you know what you're doing you can usually get any motherboard to fire up the first time. If you go with recommended RAM and a recommended PSU, just follow the instructions mentally and take your time to make sure you get it right the first time.
  13. The older weeks of the Venices tend to do a lot better than the newer weeks and revisions, or it at least seems that way.
  14. You should be able to get them to a decent FSB with good timings.
  15. You would be better off with G.SKILL PC4000 memory, Corsair and DFI aren't known to do well with each other.
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