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  1. Yea, I'm just debating whether I should go through the trouble of more modding for air rather than switching to a water system - which in the long run is more temp. stable... But as the ND5 is under $40, it sure is tempting. BB
  2. See the last half of page 3 and page 4 of this thread: http://www.diy-street.com/forum/showthread...?t=74587&page=3 - which is from "the official 8800 series topic". I'm was undecided, but since the retailer is close to my house, I may just pick one up to try iy out. Like aclays, see thread, I have a side fan and exhaust which whould take care of the reverse heat exhaust concern. Again, see the other topic for more... BB
  3. Hey aclays, Just read a review on the Thermaltake TMG ND5: http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1202868 Looks like you had better like with your temp. drops than the reviewer, but maybe his SLI set up had something to do with it. Did you use any thermal paste when installing? Any other mods? Also, the article show that the ND5 blows the hot air exhaust towards the center of the case rather than the back. Theoretically, this would add heat to my TV Tuner Card, Lower motherboard and Hard drives. Do you notice any of this heat in your set up? My temps are already low (51C idle, upper 50'sC at full load) with RivaTuner at 80% it drops down about 2-3C; 49C idle! When I overclock it goes up 2-3C, but at full load I usually increase RivaTuner to 90-100% so the temp increase is minor.. The step up to the stock 640MB, had a 320MB Superclocked version before, was a great improvement as it O.C.'s better and stays 10-15C cooler. I'm cuirious to see how an aftermarket GPU cooler will effect this card, so I'm probably going to buy the ND5 on Monday to try it out. The cool thing is Sharkacomputers is located just a few mintues from my house, so I can pick it up at will call and not wait for shipping:) My only hesitation would be the heat exhaust situation of the ND5. My other thought was to just add a PCI slot fan cooler, but my airflow is pretty good right now. If you do get a chance to take a measurement by Monday that would be helpful - if not, not worries, I'll just try it out if I get it... BB
  4. Dude, just what I needed to see, a different option for my 8800gts (640mb), than that beast hr-03 plus - I have a sound card, and TV Tuner card that limits my space to the south and my CPU cooler takes up space to the North of the PCI-E slot. Question: I noticed the big fin section sticking over the top end of the card. When you install it on your motherboard and close the case, does that fin touch, rub or come close to the computer case door? Could you take a measurement for me from the connectors, or if installed from the motherboard, to the top/end of the fin where it would reach the case door? I just wanna make sure I have enough room there... I'm currently am at 50C at idle, 60C load. But that's with a 120mm fan on high pointing at it that sounds like a shop fan - loud :drool: So to keep the temps down and lower the 120mm fan speed would be cool:rolleyes: Thanks for the info., BB
  5. Tried the USB, but no luck. After reading the forums for my Cable box (Scientific Atlanta 8300HD) it turns out that the USB ports are not activated and the SATA port is only for adding an external drive for storage. They recommended getting a TV tuner Card with software that lets you download and record to your PC. So, I just bought the Hauppage HVR1600 - directron.com $85.00 - and will be testing it out this week. BB
  6. FYI, As of 4/17/2007, EVGA ForceWare Release 158 Version: 158.19 Release Date: April 17, 2007 Beta Driver This link is for XP 32b, see EVGA site for other versions of XP, Vista, etc.. http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_2k_158.19.html Summary: Release Highlights: Updated April 18, 2007: Added NVIDIA SLI profile for Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 Adds support for GeForce 8600 GTS, GeForce 8600 GT, and GeForce 8500 GT, GeForce 8400 GS, and GeForce 8300 GS GPUs. Increased performance in 3D applications. Numerous game and application compatibility fixes. Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0c and OpenGL® 2.1 support. Please read the release notes for more information on product support, feature limitations, and known compatibility issues. PureVideo™ HD support is currently only available on Microsoft® Windows™ Vista Product Support List Windows XP 32-bit – 158.19 GeForce 8300 GS GeForce 8400 GS GeForce 8500 GT GeForce 8600 GT GeForce 8600 GTS GeForce 8800 GTS GeForce 8800 GTX Before you install, check out the thread on EVGA's message boards about overheating with the new Driver (158.19) - http://www.evga.com/community/messageboard...?TOPIC_ID=32515 Since mine runs fine, I'm gonna hold off until that driver is out of the Beta stage and is finalized... just a thought. Late, BB
  7. Have you guys seen this? http://www.evga.com/articles/350.asp I don't have a 680i, but was curious what others with it or with DRAM volted that high have experienced. BB
  8. Me too... thanks Boogeyman! I owe you a :beer
  9. I've got mine running on RivaTuner 2.0: http://home.comcast.net/~boogieman1954/880...eed%20guide.htm As I'm air-cooled, I used thses settings 60%<50C*, 70%<55C*, 75%<58C*, 80%<61C*, 90%<64C* and 100%<70C*. These settings keep the card about 56C* (@70%) under all non-game(3D) apps. - you'll notice that the default (stock) settings are 60% fan speed for 60C*. In game, usually around 61C-65C* at max settings. Way better than the stock software fan settings! Once in a while on some games it goes up to 70*, but once the fan adjusts to 100%, the temp reduces to the low to mid 60's. I also used the Overclocking guide: http://home.comcast.net/~boogieman1954/880...eed%20guide.htm to lower the temp about another 2-3*C on 2d mode. You can play around with the different speeds to see what works best for your set up. I set mine at 508/816 for 2d mode and 625/1003 for High 3D mode. 630/1070 was my peak for stability - 625/1003 runs smooth 24/7. Other are using EXPERtool: http://www.gainward.net/en/support/support_uk.html which may be useful to you too. I haven't tried it as I've had good success with RivaTuner 2.0. You may want to read the posts on this thread: The Official Nvidia 8800 Series Thread! (page 2 is most recent) as there's more discussion on the 8800 cards. Good luck and have fun. BB
  10. So, I've got an ATI TV tuner card, Wonder VE, that I run my Time Warner cable box through to watch Cable TV - have the card set on channel 3 so it passively runs the cable input giving me 1000+ channels, using the cable remote, instead of 140 that the card's software is limited to reading. Since my cable box is also a Digital video recorder, like Tivo, I can record shows... bla, blah, blah. Q: How can I convert the saved programs, like 24, Sapranos, etc. onto my PC's hard drive? My cable box is only 30GB vs. 250GB free on my Hard Drives, so I could store a lot more for future viewing. Thanks, BB
  11. Q: What tool are you using to overclock with? I have the Superclocked 576/1700 card too, and RivaTuner won't let me adjust the clocks. No problem with the fan tuner though. Update: RivaTuner Overclocking works now - missed a step. O.C.'d to 630/1070(2140)!!! Will run testes to see differences soon. Thanks.
  12. From this review: EVGA 8800GTS 320MB Superclocked Videocard Review - Card, Contents, and Temps... Measuring roughly 9 inches in length (it's bigger brother, the GTX, measures about 10.5 inches, http://www.hardwarelogic.com/news/61/ARTIC...2007-03-26.html I've got mine running on RivaTuner 2.0. Really nice card. Replaced X1900xt which I thought was good until this came along. Thanks Angry for the new Diver release, I had no idea - will download now. Q: Why did you call the 975XG the "buggy" mobo? Just curious as you used to rave about it... main reason why I bought it.
  13. Yea, I just added a friend's old Audigy 2 ZS. Since we both have Antec cases, does your mapping show how to connect to front case Mic/Headset? Also, what kind of cennector did you use? Work O.K? Thanks, -Baja Bum
  14. Yesterday I installed the G.Skill's and now have no problem overclocking to 400x8=3.2Ghz!!!! It so nice the way this RAM sparks right up! I guess the Kingston I had (1GB 667Mhz) was the weak spot of my system. Oh well, it was cheap and helped me with my first build, but you definately get what you pay for... Seems like Chump's cheap PQI RAM is better than Kingston's by a lot, but I didn't no that until after I built my system and found the site. I only raised the VID Offset to +.50mv and DRAM to 2.1v for my @ 533(1:1) settings. VTT is stock at 1.20v as is NB chip at 1.60v. All other timings on Auto. Tried to go to 420x8, but no reboot. I know I probably need to raise the volts at the point, but how do you guys know how much? Is it +12.5mv per 10Mhz FSB (CPU clock)? I remember Chump also mentioning raising the NB a bit for higher FSB as well. Staying at 3.0Ghz (375x8) for now and will test more on Friday. Thanks guys for all the help!!!! Have a :beer on me.:cool: P.S. Also found that the buzz was coming from my line in from my ATI TV Tuner Card. Simply muting the line in took care of the buzz - except when watching TV. Will be trying a new grounding lead as suggested by another post on this site. Baja Bum
  15. Yea, the G.Skill is nice. Booted up quickly and runs smooth. For now I'm at 2.64 with +50v VID, 1.2v VTT, 1.6v NB and 2.1v DRAM. Leaving there as I work on a project and have no time to experiment today. Do I have to disable something to get rid of the Maximum Clock 3066 MHz reading? I have all the BIOS settins adjusted... C1E disabled etc. I'll be testing more later. Also, I've had a loud buzz coming through my speakers (Monsoon 5.1 surround), is there any way to get rid of the noise, or is that the drawback of using the Realtek ALC882 onboard sound chip? I have the latest driver (1.57). Music and other sound is great, just backround buzz as volume goes up. Thanks.
  16. Just checking over my data in Everest (Ultimate 2006 Trial v.), and under Computer/DMI/Processors/Intel I show data as follows: [ Processors / Intel® ] Processor Properties: Manufacturer Intel Version Intel® External Clock 266 MHz Maximum Clock 3066 MHz Current Clock 2128 MHz Type Central Processor Voltage 1.2 V Status Enabled Upgrade ZIF Socket Designation Socket 775 I understand my current clock is 2128Mhz as I just reset the BIOS to stock (Optimal) settings. I got new RAM today (G.SKILL F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ 2x1GB ), and before installing I thought I'd reset everything first and check all settings. My question is the Maximum Clock 3066 MHz reading. Could this be why I can't O.C. above 2900Mhz??? What is that reading and why???:confused: Is it just a default reading put out by Intel or DFI as a warning or safety guard to cover themselves? It may be a rookie question, but like most in spring training... that's what I am. Thanks, Baja Bum
  17. Hey all, Thanks for all your continued tips. I ran ClockGen and Memtest, adjusted the settings, and went to 400x8 (3.20Ghz)!!! Here are the pics of the settings - including Everest and SensorView. While this worked great in Windows, it's still at the 2.6Ghz settings in BIOS see pics. Restarting goes to 2.6Ghz. Do I set the settings from ClockGen/Memtest in the BIOS? Or, leave the BIOS and continue to O.C. in Windows? Thanks again, Baja Bum
  18. Yea Really, I sound like such a whiner:sad: Thanks for the gut check...:nod: Time to take the little woman out for a :beer
  19. I went to a stable setting that is just before failure to post: 326x8, +25mv VID, 1.3v VTT, 1.9v DRAM, 1.6V NB Chip. RAM reset to stock: - 533(1:1) and all AUTO Sub(secondary)settings. Here's the Memset data: Timmings: - RMS=7.8ms Subtimings: Page Close Idle Timer: 16T Refresh Cycle Time (tRFC): 28 Read Delay9(tRD): 7 Write to Precharge Comm.: 12 Write to Read Comm.: 10 Read-Write Turn clocks: 8 Write-Read Turn clocks: 5 Read to Precharge (tRTP): 4 Write-Write Turn clocks: 4 Earlier, with the same settings but raising FSB to 346Mhz and +37.5mv VID - IT WOULD NOT POST :mad: . So, Ive gone back to the 326x8=2.6Ghz you see above. Also need advice on explaining to girlfriend why getting above 2.6Ghz is more important than going to shop with her...:drool: Then again her size 2 tilts the decision in her favor...:cool:
  20. Yea, I was looking at Outpost too, and I saw they were out of stock. So I went to a local Fry's Electronics (partners with Outpost) and the rep. told me that model was out of stock because it has been discontinued. The reason is that the Silencer 750w model they carried was the 2 PCExpressx16 version. The new (current model) has 4 PCExpressx16 connectors, but they don't have it in stock yet - nor is there a price for it. They do have the OCZ 850W in stock for $174.99 + $25 rebate, and a Seasonic M12 700W Modular Power Supply that is suppose to be good too for $189.99 + $20 rebate. My first choice is the PC&P 750W, but I may just pick up the Seasonic or OCZ because Fry's has them in stock (5 minutes from home) so I can try it out, and in case I don't like it, I can just return it without having to deal with shipping and all that. Thanks for all the input, Baja Bum
  21. "Pretty sure the Silencer line is by Seasonic, Turbo-Cool might be in house but who knows." Does it matter? No mention on PC Power & Cooling website or unit specs - how can you tell? -BB :confused:
  22. This was the last setting before I went up to 365Mhz CPU clock and CPU VID Offset +37.5, all other settings the same, which then failed to load. I tried lower DRAM Voltage (2.0-2.15) and lower NB chip (1.60, 1.65) and even for timing. None made a difference. Although I don't remember which combo's I used for each. I have since changed BIOS to the Beta 87TID213, but it didn't help. I have a project I'm working on so I've kept system at default Optimized Settings (2.13Ghz) just to have reliable shutdown/starting until I'm done. "Please post a memset 3.1 screenshot" - I'm not familiar with that, so I just attached the shot I took a week ago. Thanks for your interest - it's what makes this site so valuable. -Baja Bum
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