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etherboy

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  1. Are you intent on hijacking my thread... Regardless... more than 2GB of RAM is a waste for most everything right now...
  2. From what I've seen games are just starting to really make use of 2GB... I think 4GB is still overkill...
  3. I already said I'm buying a 7900GT before anything else... RAM is secondary, followed by a new PSU... edit: I must admit though the X800XL isn't a bad card compared to my old 6600GT... just not the leap I'm expecting to achieve with the 7900... edit2: I have seen some Mushkin XP PC4000 RAM for $228 CAD... is it worthwhile spending a little more for RAM that needs less divider? I'm guessing the answer is yes, but I really only want to spend extra money if the performance gains are really worth it...
  4. I guess the verdict is in. I'm gonna try to get me some good OCZ/G.skill performance 2GB...
  5. Forgot to mention I'm going for a 400W FSP PSU at some point... (36A on 12v)
  6. Title. I have 1GB value... I can afford to go for 2GB of value RAM or 1GB of performance RAM... What would yield better results for game performance coupled with my setup (see sig)... Planning on getting a GeForce 7900GT at the same time too...
  7. VS=Value Select... they retail about $40-50 CAD each... ie... crappy RAM... can't find any info on the chips... Rated at 2.5 3 3 8 @ DDR400...
  8. Well I maxed out my RAM at about 220MHz... slackened timings... so the question is... tighter timings at say 210-215MHz or slack timings @ 220? My CPU topped out at 290... does a higher HTT(FSB) with a lower multi make any performance difference at the same CPU clock speed? My big question is: my setup is SuperPI 32M and OCCT (non-torture) stable, but fails a blend Prime test... yet I have just gamed with it all day with no apparent problems... Being a gamer first, and an OCer 2nd (I OC only to achieve better gaming performance and nothing else) should I be concerned... I know Prime is the ultimate CPU test (that I know of) but it is also an extremely convulted strain on the CPU... above what most games will do right? Opinions?
  9. I got 99% Isopropyl Usually costs a couple bucks at most... the higher the alcohol content, the quicker the residue will disappear, and the less chance you have leaving any on the HSF/CPU...
  10. Lower FSB (and CPU MHz) and go for 1:1 FSB/RAM??? Thinking not... dividers for the win?
  11. Well I think I got it going to a point I'm happy at right now... HTT = 289 LDT = Auto Multi = x9.0 CPU = 2610 MHz HT = 2312 MHz (assume Auto LDT = x4.0?) CPU = 1.5v RAM = 3.0v RAM divider=140MHz RAM=200MHz (400MHz DDR) Haven't really played with the RAM timings yet... I don't have hours to put into tweaking at the moment... wanna use my days off for actually playing games Going to P95 this one overnight... For the RAM I should go for higher MHz over tighter timings corrects?
  12. When I say HTT i mean the FSB... I realise that the Hyper-Transport speed needs to be around 2000MHz for a Socket-939 CPU... Using the SPD option with my current BIOS settings causes a no-Windows-boot... I think the RAM is the problem at this point... gonna try tweaking those settings...
  13. Like I said I DO know about the main tenets of overclocking, but what I have found in the past is that I will TRY to reach a destination, then work out how I got there later (ie. tweak the crap out of timings, BIOS settings) Question: My current OC turned out to be P95 UNSTABLE... is P95 still better run in Safe Mode? (haven't used it for awhile) Question: is the HTT like an FSB in that it requires more volts as it goes up and causes more heat? If the HTT is at 500 and the multiplier at 2, is this going to be hotter/more volthungry than HTT @ 250 and multiplier @ 4? Or is A64 heat/power consumption directly related to overall MHz? Question: On my current BIOS my RAM's MHz frequency includes a SPD option... will this lock my RAM @ 200MHz so I can take it out as an overclocking factor? (as was mentioned I would like to find the best OC of the chip then work towards a stable implementation of it...) Voltages: Core = 1.5v RAM = 2.9v
  14. I totally missed the PDF guide... I'll have a look at that... thanks for the reply... edit: ok I read the guides and this is what I'm trying: FSB/HTT: 289 LDT: Auto (assume 3?) CPU/FSB: x9.0 RAM/FSB: 150MHz Results in 2600~MHz CPU speed RAM @ 216MHz CPU VID 1.49v Am I on the right track? Gonna Prime95 it overnight... 37C idle...
  15. OK... I read the noob threads... I pressed my tired brain to the HTT/LTD/FSB/McDs concepts... but I can't figure it out... Give me a Celeron 300A and I'll show you a 450MHz CPU (or better...) Give me an AthlonXP (Barton) and I'll make your $100 CPU perform like a $300+ one... But I never realised that A64 would be this different... so.... Help! I bought a Venice 3000+ because for the most part from what I've heard they are almost inherently OCable to nice speeds... With my current setup (stock cooler) I was hoping for an OC in the region of 2.4GHz... I also own a Gigabyte 3D Cooler Pro, which I think should cool the chip sufficiently enough to garner 2.6GHz~ With my current RAM (Corsair Value Select)... what settings would the DFI gurus recommend trying or at least starting with to get me on the path to A64 OCing glory... I thank you in advance for your advice/flames/criticism or comments... /etherboy
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