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About Skycptn

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    Dell XPS 410, Q6600 OC 2.8 Ghz, XFX GeForce GTX 285, 650 PSU, DDR2 800 Mhz
  1. Greetings everyone: I have a few questions to put before the House (and thank you all very much in advance): First my specs, which I think will help with the questions: Windows 7 64-bit, i5-750 OC to 3.3, ASUS P7P55D PRO motherboard, Radeon 5870, Ghz, Antec 750 PSU, 4 GB DDR3 1600 Mhz memory. 1. Under the memory tab in CPU-Z is lists the Channels as "Single." But I have dual-channel capability with my mobo, and I swear I have the two memory sticks in exactly where the instructions say to place them. Is it possible CPU-Z simply isn't correctly identifying dual channel? Should I try the other 2 slots instead of the 2 I'm using now? 2. DRAM frequency: In BIOS, when I OC to 3.3 Ghz, I get 3 choices for DRAM settings, one of which is 1600 Mhz, and that's what I've been using. But when I look at OC guides/instructions, they opt to choose a lower Mhz, like 1333 or something like that. Should I be using a lower Mhz too? My system has been totally stable and is great for gaming. It seems to me quite fast, but I just noticed these possible issues and so I'm looking for all of your thoughts. Thanks everyone who responded to my past postings re my OC and temps which reassured me that mid to upper 30s are just fine. THANKS AGAIN !!!
  2. Hello everyone, Not sure if this is the correct place to post this (my apologies if it isn't). Thanks for the responses re my CPU temps and fans. Turns out I had the fans on the heatsink facing in the wrong direction !!! How embarrassing. Anyway, that's all fixed. Now for a real crisis: My new PC, which I built about 8 months ago, has been running great, until a few days ago. When I use the sleep mode, it starts back up with a totally black screen. I have no idea why. I did reseat the heatsink (moved the fans in the right direction) and remove the GPU and some cables to do this a few ago, so I'm thinking it might be related. Maybe I need to recheck all cables and connections? I had to to a hard shutdown after the black screen, but when it reboots and the four particles start to come together on the W7 startup screen, it goes black again with a blinking cursor in the top right corner. OMG is my system broken? I should say that since I made these hardware changes, before I slept it, my system has been working just great -- gaming, etc. All no problem. So I'm thinking it's something to do with sleep mode and W7 (maybe a BIOS setting I need to change?) In the meanwhile, after a few hard starts, I get a message over the black screen that I can't remember what it says. It gives me two options, and if I choose the first it nothing happens, when I choose the second it goes through the motions and boots up okay. I am really hoping it's not my Antec 750 PSU (don't think it is). THANKS EVERYONE !!! Lian Li case, W7 64-bit, ASUS P7P55D-PRO, i5-750 OC 3.5 ghz, Noctura heatsink, Radeon 5870, Antec 750 PSU, DDR3 1600 mhz.
  3. Hi everyone, Been a while since I've requested some assistance here, but last time I did the response was so great, here I go again My i5-750 that I OC to 3.5 ghz idles at about 37 - 43 C using RealTemp. My Lian Li case has a large fan in front blowing air in, two on top sucking air out, and one in the back also sucking out air. I have a Noctura fan for the CPU with both fans, one pushing air in and one sucking air out, so I'm thinking my CPU should be quite cool. No matter what, my fan speeds stay the same. I use the ASUS Fan Expert, and tried SpeedFan (or something like that) but my RPMs for the fans stay the same. I'm thinking I don't have the fans plugged into the right fan ports on the MOBO. I should be able to increase the speed of the Noctura and the main fan in front, right? When I turn on turbo on FanExpert absolutely nothing happens. In BIOS, all the fan settings are set to enabled. I'm really at a lose here Any help would be greatly appreciated !!! BTW: My entire system I built about 6 months ago. Thank you all Lian Li case, W7 64-bit, ASUS P7P55D-PRO, i5-750 OC 3.5 ghz, Noctura heatsink, Radeon 5870, Antec 750 PSU, DDR3 1600 mhz.
  4. Hi everyone, Over the next few days or so I'm going to start ordering pieces to my new PC I'm going to build. Please let me you think I have on my list so far, and what some recommendations would be. Thank you all so much !!! ALREADY HAVE: 1. 750 Antec PSU 2. Radeon 5870 3. Samsung Monitor (1680 x 1050), all accessories 4. W7 64 OS NEED: 1. 2. CPU: Intel i5-750
  5. I have 4 GB, but Vista 32-bit only picks up 3 GB, I think. I've never questioned the performance abilty of the Q6600 either, it's just that with all the glowing and gushing reviews of the i7 series and what it means for gaming, I thought I would at least ask. Also, I've read that the CPU is playing a more imortant role in some games (such as ArmA II). But I have been very pleased with the responses from you and the others re my Q6600. Thanks again.
  6. You have to use a program called ClockGen. It works really well, actually.
  7. I haven't heard that apocalypse line in a long time. Very good. Yes, some of the XPS line are OC using ClockGen.
  8. Thanks for the reminder on the game requirements! Yeah, I should be okay then.
  9. Hey everyone, As I don't have the money for an upgrade to an i7 series CPU (or anything else), and I'm VERY limited because of my Dell computer, I'm stuck with a Q6600 that I OC to 3.0 ghz. From what I read, I'm missing out on lots of great gaming due to my CPU. I've tried to compensate by purchasing a GTX 285. What do you all think? For example, I probably can't play ArmA II because of my processor. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Jeff Dell XPS 410, Vista 32-bit, Q6600 (OC 3 Ghz), GTX 285, 750 PSU, DDR2 800 Mhz
  10. Hello OC: I am thinking of running some benching software for the first time because I'm curious what the results would look like. Futuremark has "3DMark 06," which tests DirectX 9, whereas "3DMark Vantage" tests DirectX 10 and AGEIA PhysX accelerator. My GTX 285 is DirectX 10 compliant, but I don't have the AGEIA PhysX accelerator, just the Nvidia PhysX. Which one do you think I should buy/run? I tried the free version of "Vantage," but for some reason couldn't access the results, which you have to do online for some reason. When you run this kind of software, do you need the virus and spyware turned off? I assume you should OC the CPU before running the test. When I ran Vantage the graphics looked amazing, but some of the running FPS got as low as 20 (if that means anything), so I'm a little worried and really want to get some reliable numbers. Let me know what you all think is best. Thanks, Jeffrey Dell XPS 410, Vista Home Premium, 4 GB, Q6600 OC 2.8 ghz, GTX 285, 750 PSU, DDR2 800 mhz
  11. I really need someone to increase my knowledge re monitor size/resolution and the refresh rate. I have a new GTX 285 and just bough an Acer 21.5" monitor with a refresh rate (RT) of 60 Hz. Gaming looks amazing with the resolution of 1920x1080 and everthing maxed out. However, if the RT is just 60 Hz, does that mean I can't ever exceed 60 FPS? And if that's the case, should I get a monitor with a higher RT? Very confused about the relationship between RT and FPS. Any help would be greatly appreciated. On a different topic: If I do decide to OC for my new GTX 285, would you (1) use the built-in tuner, (2) RivaTuner, or (3) something else? I understand EVGA has a nice tuner, but it only works on their cards. Thank you everyone!!!
  12. Thank you so much!!! I can't tell you how much I appreciate this. I printed out your post and took it to Fry's. I walked away with an Acer 21.5" (1920 x 1080). Looks great, and I love the gaming. Rookie question here: When I put in a widescreen DVD, the picture is high quality, but kind of small. When I then make it full screen the quality goes down, and it looks like it did in on my previous monitor (the non-HD Dell 19"). Is that because my Dell XPS 410 doesn't have an HD DVD player? Or is there something I'm not doing correctly? I was under the impression that even with a standard DVD player, a movie on my HD monitor would look dramatically better on a larger screen. Am I just mistaken on this one? THANKS AGAIN.
  13. Hello, I have upgraded just about everything I can in my Dell XPS 410, and with my new XFX GTX 285, my final touch is going to be my standard Dell 19" monitor. I currently game at 1280 x 1024, and I'm looking for a new monitor in the 21" - 22" range for both gaming and watching DVDs. I'm confident my new GTX 285 will handle this resolution, but I'm not sure if my Q6600 (OC to 2.8 Ghz) will. When I checked online, one of the betters priced HD monitors had these specs: Monitor type: 21.5" diagonal Widescreen Thin-Film Transistor LCD active matrix Native Resolution: 1920 x 1080p @ 60 Hz (recommended) Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (typical) ; 3000:1 (dynamic) Brightness: 300 nits (typical) Pixel pitch: 0.24825mm Response rate: 5 ms (on-off) (typical) Unfortunately, I have absolutely no idea what any of this means. Any guidance here would be greatly appreciated! Thank you all so much! - Jeff Dell XPS 410, Vista 32-bit Premium Home, 4 GB, Q6600 OC to 2.8 Ghz, GTX 285, 650 PSU, 800 Mhz DDR2
  14. I managed to OC my Dell using ClockGen. I then run RightMark CPU Clock Utility to confirm the OC and also monitor the core temps. When I tried to OC past 2.8 to 3.0 Ghz, my system wasn't stable. I have my refresh rate set to 75 Mhz, so being somehwhat of a rookie I don't understand how that translates in FPS. I will follow your advice: if there's no point in OC my 285 for gaming purposes then I'll leave well enough alone. I was playing H.A.W.X. the other day on DX10 with settings on high and averaged 60 FPS. Thanks for the advice, and the RivaTuner reference.
  15. Thanks for the welcome to OCC. I kind of knew that my Radeon 4890, much less a GTX285, was overkill for my current 19" resolution, but sometime in the not too far off future I will probably get bigger and better monitor. But I'm not sure why that is. If you could explain, as if you were on a rant, would be cool, because it would help me understand it much better. Thank you.
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