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This is my first overclocking build. I am coming from a KT400 ASUS board and a 2500+XP with a 1GB of value memory. I think it was only around $700 total for everything so I think it was well worth it. I got sick of my poor performance in Battlefield 2. I'd barely manage 40FPS if even.

 

This build was pretty frustrating. First board was dead. It refused to boot. The dram led would never come on. After I received my RMA, I was able to get it running (except that I can't start the computer until I flip the power switch off and back on). When I got started with some overclocking, I made a rookie mistake. I booted, or should I say attemped, to boot into Windows with a untested (in Memtest86) memory overclock. Well this memory is a very poor overclocker. I corrupted my install. So I had to boot into the recovery console on the install cd and do a 'chkdsk /r' to fix my mess.

 

The end result was a pretty satisfying overclock. 3GHZ @ 1.4V. I was running SuperPI32M stable at 3.1Ghz w/ 1.425 (might have been 104%..can't recall) but I am forced to use the next divider dropping the memory down to 221mhz. I might be able to hit 3.2 or higher with a little more voltage.

 

With some advice I got here, I picked up the Evercool VC-RE for the chipset. Keeps my temps at 37 idle. I then decided on the Thermalright Ultra-90 for the cooler which was only $22 and a Panaflo medium for $7. I am at 29-31 degrees idle and around 38 max load temp. Then for the 7600GT, I went with the Zalman VF900, but the damn fan was dead (fan's can be dead on arrival too?) so now I have to RMA that.

 

In the end though, I don't regret a thing. I am a fan of DFI now, even though it's a pretty damn finicky board. I now max out BF2 at around 70-100fps w/ AA+AF and the awesome 7200.10 seagate lets me be the first one to spawn in every map change.

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Sweet. Are you going to join the 3Ghz club?

 

3.15GHZ at 1.47V. Maybe I should ;)

http://nthony.com/146-2.jpg

I know it's only 1M SuperPi, I need to get some sleep now. Work is in 5 hours.

It sucks that 3.15 Ghz gets 28 Secs just like 3.0 at 250 on the ram. I will try some looser timings but I doubt I'll get them much lower.

Wish I could use some 2 X 512MB with great timings/high speed but I need the 2GB for Battlefield 2.

 

 

I am going to try for 3.2+ tomorrow.

What's a safe voltage for these chips? I've heard 1.55-1.6 is safe for everyday use. My temps are pretty good so I have some room for more voltage.

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Safe voltage depends on how well you cool them, I find 1.65v to be around the upper limit for air, maybe a bit hot for some people's liking. Could be peaking around 55-57 deg C there.

1.55-1.6v is pretty good for daily use, although the lower the better.

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Welcome to DFI-Street and congrats on a sweet overclock.

 

I am sorry to say your signature does not comply with the forum rules;

 

It is 600x270....61.71KB

 

650x200..............50KB is the allowed maximum.

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Welcome and congrats on your 3GGG overclock!

What he said!

 

If you run all of the appropriate tests and it is prime stable, then definitely join the 3 GHz club.

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Man that is one great overclock there, I have the same stepping and were getting really close to the same result's. GGG cant wait to see your ocdb entry. 3110 prime stable takes me 1.57 volts but temps dont get to high anymore.

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Welcome to DFI-Street and congrats on a sweet overclock.

 

I am sorry to say your signature does not comply with the forum rules;

 

It is 600x270....61.71KB

 

650x200..............50KB is the allowed maximum.

 

That's odd, I recall setting it to the compressing level that brought it down to 47KB in Photoshop. I am recompressing it now and upload. Thanks for the heads up.

 

And I am back to doing some more testing.

 

Going to boot 3.2 in a minute :)

 

[edit] Hmm...Photoshop CS is compressing it to 64KB no matter what compression setting I use.. used Jasc instead...

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Better hide it before it disappears...lol. Just type your components in for a while. Congrats on the OC, that's pretty friggen sweet.

 

Are you going to do an Overclocking Database entry?

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