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  1. So EVGA decided to hose me for an RMA I had put in for a disconnected component on one of my 7800's. To make my case that it wasn't my fault - the card was one I had received as an RMA, and was refurbished... Any way, it's too bad I gave EVGA more of my money when I bought my 8800gts, but I digress... Any way, my question here is a simple solder solution what I need here? I've circled the piece in-question below - only one of the leads has come off, so it is still partially attached to the board... In addition, once I do get it connected (if soldering is the way to go), what risk am I at when I try to test it out?
  2. ... I wonder if the Evercool VC-RE solution would work
  3. That is correct, but I believe that is the case with most of the first/second gen SLI MoBos... and honestly, unless you're using your PCI-E slot for a high-end raid controller, or really really really picky about performance, you won't notice the difference.
  4. Unless you REALLY REALLY need that extra 1-2 FPS in your game, your not going to see much, if any, difference in a PCI NIC vs. an onboard NIC.
  5. unplug it... unless you really need it once your OS is up...
  6. ditto - run your benchmarks and find out for yourself... everyone's system is different
  7. just out of curiousity, have you attempted to OC the RAM without an OC on your CPU? If you haven't found your mem max you may want to try that first before doing the OC on both. A lot of people have been able to get some crazy individual OCs on CPU and memory around here, but not both at the same time. You may quickly find out that your memory can hit an OC of 250+, only to find out you can't come close to that mark when both the CPU and RAM are OC'd together... Just something to think about...
  8. I dunno about that - he's got a GameXStreme! I can speak from experience that those are some quiet SOBs and they're of fine quality! I'd be super PO'd if mine broke and was making some serious noise
  9. Not very constructive to solving the problem, but OK....
  10. To answer your questions there are several approaches you can take (in order of cost and difficulty) 1) The obvious - get quieter fans.... 2) Changing the stock chipset fan to the evercool WILL reduce noise quite a bit from what I have been told (I have yet to perform the evercool mod myself) 3) do a case mod and put some sound dampening material in it (such as dynomat - not really made for computer cases but it'll do the trick 4) Water cooling...
  11. Don't trust the sisoft temp readings - install MBM5 and use those to monitor the temps. It also is equipped with a syslog capability so you can keep track of your temps at specified intervals - very key to tracking temp trends.
  12. Try it and see what happens. You certainly aren't going to destroy anything (I think...) I would run some memory benchmarks before and after the install to see if there's a performance hit. Also, be sure that the additional memory can run at the same settings that your existing memory is at (voltage, mem timings, etc.)
  13. I believe we have the same memory kit (see my sig)... Sig doesn't show my current OC, but I'm running @240 3-3-3-8 1T 2.8v (2.83v is what MBM5 is reporting). I would suggest bumping up the voltage to 2.7 and then 2.8 and see what happens, because that memory should be able to go a lot higher (based on my experience... but corsair really isn't the best mem to use in a DFI board based on what the people around here have to say).
  14. What I've found so far is that the mem can handle 240 @ 3-3-3-8 1T (Memtest #5, SuperPi, OCCT, 3dMark03/05, and Prime95 overnight all ran fine). However, that doesn't quite get me to my desired 250fsb... I'm also looking for some success stories with folks owning a 4600+ processor, and what OCs have been achieved. I've already gone through the OC database and there doesn't appear to be anyone on this board that owns an OC'd 4600 (or the search capabilities of the forum are really poor... one of those two )
  15. I've heard that corsair, in general, have problems on DFI boards. However, those that have managed to be successfully with Corsair memory around here have really really been successful with them.
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