Originally Posted by Rik756
@ Vesku and KhaoticKomputing- yes, they are very tall. After reading what KhaoticKomputing found in the manual I am a bit bummed now. I misread it and thought that bank 2/4 would be fine. Good catch! Unfortunately, the first slot is completely blocked by the CPU cooler. The second slot is the one that touches the fan. It won't matter which side the fan is on, it will still touch. I either have to chop the CPU heat sink, chop the ram heat sink or change one of those two parts to get the ram in the "recommended" slots. See attached. I don't mind dremeling off the ram heat sink. See any issue with doing that as long as I cover the chips? This is to assume that the chips themselves are short enough to go under the cpu heat sink...I am
@ KhaoticKomputing- I did download the Open hardware Monitor but I think it's actually a little hard to read/understand. Maybe I just don't get what I'm looking at. It only shows 3 temps for whatever reason and the temps it does show are several degrees higher than Coretemp. You can watch real-time with Core temp too, I'm just not sure which is accurate. See attached.
Ok- keeping with F5 bios then.
Where do I start with the OC on the ram and the CPU? Is there another how-to guide somewhere on here that is pretty specific to MY setup (GA-990FXA-UD3 rev 1.1, 8gb (2x4gb) Corsair Vengeance with a 1090T)? That's really what I want/need. I searched for a few rigs that were the same cpu/board as mine so I could literally just copy and start with there settings but no luck as of yet.
As for the ACHI mode, my hdd should support it, but I have no idea if I would actually see an improvement and from what little I understood of what I read I should have installed some driver during the XP install. I think I read that you said there was a hotfix that could be used, but that's as far as I got so far. How do I know if my drive supports it? (Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s 3.5")
Note on the cooler- I was pretty impressed with the template that Coolermaster sent to apply the paste. Assuming it stayed flat and even, I think it should seal up nicely!
Thanks all- Do you guys prefer attachments or images in posts? I've seen both. I prefer images but I'll post whatever the preference here is.
Ok, first, turn your cooler the "proper way" lol. Your cooler is mounted South to north, this is not an ideal set up. Here is a pic of a more ideal set up for you.
you want to blow the air to the back of the case, you can place the CPU cooler fan befor the cooler, to push, or after to pull based on how your ram fit's. However according to your pic you have the RAM in the right slots, with plenty of room. Unless I am looking at the wrong upside down pic.
The pic you show of Open hardware monitor seems to be fine.
Virst thing it is showing you is voltage. VCore and Vbatt. Vcore is your CPU voltage.
The Temperatures #1-3 are reading as follow's.
Temp1= CPU socket temp, this is the temp of the socket, not the actual CPU, this temp will be a few C higher than the CPU core temps.
Temp2= the System temp(motherboard)
Temp 3= the Northbridge temp.
Then it shows the current bus and clock speeds of your CPU.
Then it show's your CPU core temps,
The next group is the Load your CPU is under, it show's the load of each core, and the total load across the CPU
Then it show's your GPU voltage's, clock info, fan speed, and temp. also show's load on the GPU core.
You can remove any of the reading you don't want to see, or rename them if you want. It also will show you current value along with min and max value's. When you get AHCI mode turned on it will also show HDD temps.
Are you using Windows XP? Also you should fill out your sig rig so we can see what OS your using and stuff. I know there is an AHCI mode hotfix for windows 7, not sure if one is out for windows XP or vista.