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  1. Ok, this is just a quick message to share some good news on these forums...for a change. I am happy to announce that just last week I surpassed the one year mark with the system in my signature here... During that year, I maintained 100% uptime, I had no hardware problems at all, the system has been overclocked @ 2.76 ghz the entire time, and I never even had to do a single reinstall of XP Pro!!!!!!! I am very happy to report this and I must say that DFI makes a fantastic product. I remember when I first started researching the rig, and DFI-Street went a longgggggggggg way in helping me do so without any major problems at all! A big THANK YOU goes out to everyone here who helped me, and for the admins and mods who keep this site running! For all of you who are having problems getting it going, just stick with it and I promise you that the DFI motherboards will make you VERY happy for a long time! ok, you may now return to your regularly scheduled gripes, bitching, fears, moans, and complaints. :beer /knock on wood.
  2. the very least they should have done for the fans was put an "always on' feature into BIOS. but they didnt... As for the cpu temps, when some are off by as much as 20C, it's just ridiculous. All they've done with this "new beta bios" is insert a manual temperature offset, in case you are able to measure the true temps using math and/or 3rd-party temperature probes. (which was pointless since MBM5 and other programs already had the ability to plug in an offset...) Also, for the record, central brain's offsets are totally and completely useless. (they're bogus and random).
  3. yes, the new bios does nothing more than provide a manual offset... it does nothing to address the real problem. in other words, it's pointless.
  4. you think those temps are "low"?! those numbers cant be right... they're about 15-20C too high!
  5. that's great that you're happy, but guess what: Those programs reporting the same temps has nothing to do with the temps being accurate. every program reports mine the same as well; they just ALL happen to report 16C low! DOH! The problem has nothing to do with programs reporting different temperatures...
  6. she will be gaming alot, so the 2gb is necessary... she just wont be overclocking at all, so 200mhz is fine... thanks for your input guys.. i think we'll go with the Gskill NS kit... i managed to find some timings for them, so it should work out! thanks again!
  7. they're not labeled as "value" ram, but they're in the same pricerange. Over at xtremesystems, some people have reached 240mhz with them at 2.8v, but I'm having a difficult time finding settings for them... I cant really afford to spend a ton of time finding the timings myself because my friend needs the system up and running ASAP. I guess my question is this: Are there any 2GB kits under $160 that have proven stable in Expert boards? (not including the HZ's which randomly drop that low at newegg, but never seem to be that low when I go to buy RAM..lol)
  8. based just on timings, and my good experiences with their better sets, I'm leaning toward the GSkill right now. whataya think?
  9. Ok, real quick here.. ordering within the hour for a friend. She will NOT be overclocking, but we've decided on the Expert board because of the better layout and the fact that I'm here to set it up! That said, since she's not overclocking at all, I dont need the best RAM available. All I need is the best 2GB UNDER $160, that also works very well with the Expert! I am also having a difficult time finding BIOS settings for the cheaper RAM, so any help would be appreciated. So far, here are the choices: GSkill F1-3200PHU2-2GBNS (DDR400 PC3200) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16820231047 GeIL Value 2GB (2 x 1GB) GE2GB3200BDC http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16820144322 OCZ Value Series 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR 400 (PC 3200) OCZ4002048V3DC-K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16820146841 THANKYOU AHEAD OF TIME!
  10. Ok, does anyone have any experience or links to decent stock settings for this RAM? I can't find any threads on this RAM anywhere, and I'm about to build a system with them. I need an a64tweaker screenshot or a full list of the BIOS dram settings. (@ stock 200mhz is preferred) Thanks ahead of time!
  11. Ok, simple question. I've used the VC-RE to fit my Expert board, but I'm looking at buying another Expert and was wondering if the VC-RD will fit as well... does anyone have any experience with the -RD? I dont want to have to mod it for fit. If the -RD requires drilling or something to fit, then I'll just stick with the taller -RE and be done with it. thanks ahead of time.
  12. my 520 and Expert get along perfectly... never had a problem, and im about to build a second system with the same combo... sorry about your luck! hope it all works out in the end!
  13. no, it's a great board for everything beyond the temp readings! I'm even about to order another one and build a second Expert PC for a friend!
  14. The Venus boards suffer from the same exact temperature problems. They weren't even bright enough to fix it before sending out the Venus... that said, there were only 1000 Venus boards released. their goal was not to upsell anyone, but rather market them as a "limited deluxe edition" of some sort... better capacitors and wider spacing between sli slots. yay. the irony is that the Venus boards suffer most of the same problems as the Expert.
  15. well, needless to say, this manual temperature offset doesnt "solve" anything... In fact, it's practically useless. (my temps actually read 16C low, and discovering that manually ALREADY did more for me than this new bios "feature" ever will). This was basically a non-solution plugged into the new beta bios change-log with the word "temperature" so that they can claim that they are trying to address the problem while, in fact, they are actually ignoring it in every official capacity. meh... your average $10 rectal thermometer can give the temperature of a real live human being accurate to within 1/10th of a degree!! While a $200 board that can search for ET, calculate 32M Pi in just minutes, and render trillions of polygons can't even give you the temperature of its main component within 5 degrees! What year was that rectal thermometer invented again? Maybe we should send a few to DFI... make sense? ya... GG DFI.
  16. I've never experienced any problems with mine. I have the hotfix and x2 drivers installed. I've never had to set any games' affinity manually, and when I do for testing, it makes no difference that I've seen.
  17. ya, a new beta BIOS is longgggggggggggggggggggggggg overdue.
  18. set them to 26C/25C in bios so that they are constantly running. Chances are that your temps are reading a bit low. therefore your fans are not coming on until the fans reach 25C. if you set the min to 26C, and max to 25C, then they should always come on... let me know if that works.
  19. alot of us need to be a bit more precise when we push our rigs to the 40% overclock and beyond... and since the entire point of the Expert board is to allow for better overclocks, it just seems rather silly that so many of their boards were built with faulty sensors!
  20. well your primary drive needs to be replaced, but im sure you know that. Best Buy has the WD 250GB SE16 sata drives on sale for $99 right now... you may wish to look into a pair of them! other than that, your memory may hold you back in terms of game load times and such. beyond that, the system looks solid.
  21. nice rig! (looks a bit familiar even! lol) prime95 is mainly used for stability testing or brning in, not benchmarking. Sandra, 3dmark, and various games are used for benching the systems these days. You can also compare your SuperPi 32M times against others at some sites. and yes, that box IS going to kick major butt for gaming... trust me on that one! GL! Q: what is the stepping on your Opteron 170? just curious...
  22. you will probably need to manually set all the timings for your RAM in your BIOS after you do a cmos reset and reconfigure everything else in bios correctly. there are a million threads on suggested timings for that Gskill ram you have. GL!
  23. did you use the formula I gave you to calculate your temps? what were the results?
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