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    AMD Black 9950 Phenom x4
    Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-DS4H mobo
    Windows 7
  1. The memory clock parameter is greyed out because some setting is in auto, but when set to manual the user will be able to change the frequency to 533 MHz.
  2. The 5600x has different memory controller. Try the system with one memory chip. There should be a compatibility list available. This is basically tested components available at the time of release that are compatible. I have memory that the controller will OC with one chip, but when four slots are filled the frequency takes a hit down two profiles. I manually went down two profiles. Auto would not boot. I have a capacity vs frequency trade off.
  3. Test the bios battery. Here ask some basic questions, i.e when was it installed, was it changed, could it have depleted it's charge. To test the 8500 GPU try it in a different system. Use the computer a little, and try a few power on, off cycles. You will know if it is the problem or maybe part of the problem. To troubleshoot connect only the basic components needed to boot, i.e PSU, motherboard, one memory chip, CPU, hard drive, keyboard, GPU (if the motherboard has onboard graphics use it). This will narrow down the problem. Boot into bios for now. Check the settings and see the components that are loaded. Try a few power on, off cycles. Cycle through the memory chips one at time while repeating the above test, i.e Check the settings and see the components that are loaded. Try a few power on, off cycles. Make a list of good components, and mark each memory stick as needed. I can tell the PSU 5v and 3.3v rails are working because it has given the ok to boot the system, i.e on the power good grey wire.
  4. A test of the power supply is the best thing to do to be sure it needs replacing. Use a multimeter on DC voltage and touch the black negative probe to the black pin on the power supply and the red positive probe to the yellow pin on the power supply and the reading will be 12 volts. While holding the black probe on the black pin on the power supply, place the red probe on the red wire on the power supply will read 5 volts. Hold that black probe still and put the red probe on the orange wire on the power supply will read 3.3 volts. The blue wire is -12 volts and the white wire is -5 volts. The power supply has a fan which should be turning when powered on.
  5. You already own the H60 fan, so use it until you do something with that water cooler. Water cooling is better than air cooling. Upgrading water cooling would be a 120 rad to 240 rad or 240 rad to 360 rad. You could consider modding the AIO H60 and buy a supplemental rad connected in series.
  6. Resolution is how detailed the image looks. Higher resolution looks better at a closer distance. Refresh rate is how many times the image is updated on the screen. When the image is not smooth there is a bottleneck occuring. Things are changing in game faster than they are being shown on screen. Refresh rate is closely linked to FPS. FPS is how many images the PC makes, so that if you only make 60 FPS then 60 Hz is all you need.
  7. What model laptop is the system in? OC'ing is done in BIOS, software or hardware (with electronics knowledge) i.e extreme OC'ing. To just have some gaming fun while you wait for a new PC, try to lower the graphics settings to make the game playable. Resolution will have the biggest impact.
  8. In the past I looked into getting better performance fans and comparing the 8 cfm improvement per fan the outcome would be like adding an extra fan and getting a few degree drop in temperature.
  9. Filters change the fan curve and lower the CFM flow. Every user is against filters. I don't use them, but in certain work environments it would be helpful. I think the filters in the cases are to restrictive though, at as seen in reviews. To use them and get 44 c temps you would need to compensate for the reduced CFM by adding more fans. The fan could even be doubled and work as a booster fan, but this does not boost the flow 100%, so it is wasteful.
  10. Water cooling will give you lower temperatures and therefore, higher overclocks.
  11. An extra fan blowing towards an exhaust fan is a waste. Use that extra fan as an exhaust fan. I hope there is enough air entering the case for two exhaust fans though.
  12. Overclocking involves increasing the system settings one unit, stress test that component, and monitor the temperature, and check for system errors. When you reach a high temperature or error, go back one unit. This way the system gives the maximum performance. Research other people's overclocking attempt on overclocking forums.
  13. A tick that is head crashing into the platten will damage both the head and platten.
  14. It could be that the fan is not mounted properly. It may need to be clipped back in to place. You should interpret the trim it off as sand it down a bit, so that you do not trim the blade off and lower the airflow through the fan.
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