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Your camera must be so freaking Legit, Great Pics. gosh
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Your camera must be so freaking Legit, Great Pics. gosh
Thanks. It's a Canon 30D. I got it back in like late 2006. It's a great camera.
     
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So I got a sudden itch to tinker with it a bit more, (who in there right mind in this forum doesn't?) and decided to overclock the video card. It's already factory OC'd to 900/1800/2106. I messed around with it a bit and tried to find a stable OC and so far I got 975/1950/2150. I think it's kinda course so I'll have to fine tune it later to squeeze out what I can out of it, but for now it'll do. With this setup, I updated the drivers to 285.62 and then I ran 3DMark 11.

First I updated the drivers and kept factory OC and these were the 3DMark11 scores:


And this is with those drivers and the Wanako OC:


I am very pleased with the results! That's a nice shot up in score on both accounts. nVidia did well with the driver improvements and the Overclock helped even more!


In other news, I've gotten some ideas to add my own little touch to my case. You know, really make it my own. I bought this case not only for some good features it had, although some of you may not agree, but to use as a "canvas". More on that as time goes on.
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Bought a Crucial M4 for my Onyx today!!! 64GB version. wheee.gif

I noticed that they were $99 on Newegg today and decided to check Amazon, because no tax and free shipping = win.
Yup, they were also at $99. Then I remembered that a few months back I sold Amazon an old textbook from when I was back in school that I wasn't using anymore, and they gave me a $48.25 gift card.

What does this mean you ask?

$99.99 - M4
$48.25 - Gift Card
$51.74 - Total Price of M4

I bought that book with Financial Aid so it really didn't cost me a thing. I practically got an M4 at 50% off. devil.gif

SO. MUCH. WIN! wheee.gifwheee.gifwheee.gif

As you can very well tell, I'm totally stoked about this and can't wait to receive the shipment, next week. I'll update with benchmarks when I get it up and running. Now I'm really debating SRT or full OS + Some Apps on the SSD... what to do, what to do? biggrin.gif
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So I installed my brand new SSD in and tested it out. While I had the case open I decided to take my 560Ti out, take it apart and reapply some TIM. EVGA's application was OK but wasn't too happy with it. I cleaned it up, reapplied and put it back together. Unfortunately, I didn't do any tests but so far it's been doing good. Later on I'll do it one more time to apply some MX-4 or something better than the AS5 Ihad lying around. AS5 is good but it's not as good as the newer stuff.

Here's some GF114 love:

400

700


Pics of the SSD:

450

450

400

700

Ok, now time for benchmarks

Here is the benchmark of my WD Black for comparison
378

WD Black + M4 Enhanced mode SRT
378

WD Black + M4 Maximum Mode SRT
381

As you can see, it REALLY sped up that mechanical hard drive to near SSD levels which is great! thumb.gif

One more test for the M4 alone:
379

and even greater improvement in performance seen here. After witnessing it, I scratched my initial SRT idea, and decided to go ahead and install Windows 7 using Sean Webster's EPIC Guide which resulted in the installation being only approximately 10GB. Then I rebooted the computer into the SSD Windows and MOTHER OF GOD, what a difference. Damn thing loaded with the quickness! I can't even imagine what kind of speed you people with RAID 0 SSDs are experiencing.

Now I'm going to finish up and use the Black as a game data drive. Right now I have Photoshop, Illustrator and Lightroom, which I got at a ridiculous discount by working for FedEx, installed on the SSD and will put in a few more programs that I use more often.

I think I now have my hardware to the levels that I've wanted, more or less, and will now proceed to start working on modifying my case to be a bit more efficient. I may have an idea of what I want to do with it but need a Dremel or something to start the cutting.

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Hey wanako, how was your overclocking experience with that board? I have the same board, but currently waiting for IB 3570K. I also have a Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 on Amazon backordered ($122). I am debating to whether to resell Extreme4 once I got it, or swap it. Like you, plan to do mild overclock and no plans for SLI/CF.
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Hey wanako, how was your overclocking experience with that board? I have the same board, but currently waiting for IB 3570K. I also have a Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 on Amazon backordered ($122). I am debating to whether to resell Extreme4 once I got it, or swap it. Like you, plan to do mild overclock and no plans for SLI/CF.

So far the board has been great! I've got it at a rock solid 4.5 @ 1.328V. I'm afraid to push it further though because I don't think the VRMs can take it, but it's enough for me. For you I'd suggest to go with that Extreme 4 Gen 3. I wouldn't put a 3570K with a Pro3. You got it at a great price and it has superior VRMs and phases than the Pro3. You'll be able to hit higher and more stable OCs with it. Personally, I've been thinking of upgrading to a E3G3 or E4G3 but no money for it right now, and this board does what I need it to do. Sometime in the later future perhaps.
     
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Well, a couple of months back OCN had the Rig Builder Contest to showoff the abilities of New OCN. I did not realize until like a week ago, that I had actually WON SOMETHING!!! biggrin.gifwheee.gif

So, with my new-found wealth, I treated myself to an ASUS Xonar DG that I received today:

450

450

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Now I can finally get rid of the Realtek onboard sound and listen through something decent! woot!
I'm very noob to computer sound equipment since I haven't had a dedicated sound card since the original Creative Labs Sound Blaster back when I had my 386DX many moons ago. I decided to look through the Sound Card sub-forum and found Simca's excellent guide: OCN's Most Recommended Audio Products . I don't use speakers and am always on my headphones, so I chose this one for its headphone amplifier and since it seems to be a great all-arounder for an excellent price.

I am not what one would consider an audiophile, and I am not educated in the terminology and hardware knowledge that goes with being one. I've noticed that it is like a science. I do, though, have a very acute ear as I played in an orchestra back in my teenage years so I can notice even the most subtle differences in tone, pitch and sound quality. I'll give myself that much credit. biggrin.gif

I'll install it later when I get home and will provide my feedback on it and report with the differences I find between OB and the Xonar.
     
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Well after a bit of testing and configuration, I managed to get the card to sound just how I like it.

Here are my EQ settings for now:
411

Some tweaking is still needed but it's getting there.

After I got the equalizer somewhat adjusted to my tastes, my sound was amazing! I now hear parts of the song I've never heard before.

I tested some music first with different genres and adjusted my EQ on what sounded the best to me all-around.

Music

Rock/Metal:
Metalingus by Alter Bridge
Science by System of a Down

In the Rock section, I heard parts from the guitar that were missing. I could hear the strings plucked and the riffs are very strong. Most notably was the clarity of the drums. I can now hear a crispness to the snares and the cymbals. The vocals were also very clear and defined.

Rap/Hip Hop:
Mockingbird by Eminem
Get Low by Lil' Jon and the Eastside Boyz

In the Rap/Hip Hop department, I now hear new beats and sound effects that used to be lostin the background. The lower quality onboard sound did not allow these smaller roles to pop out. The bass delivery to my HD202s is strong and consistent. Vocals, again, are crisp and well defined.

Latin:
Suavemente by Elvis Crespo
La Vida Es Un Carnaval by Celia Cruz

I saw a lot of improvement in this genre. As I've said before, it used to sound very muddled with the onboard sound, but now I can hear and feel each individual instrument. The alto saxes, trumpets, trombones and euphoniums are very clear and they actually sound like separate entities.

Games

For this I only tried out The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. This was the biggest surprise for me as I now feel a new level of immersion to the game. Small sounds, I never noticed before are now there and other sounds that were too loud are now balanced with the rest of the environment. The improvement is amazing. I'm sure this will pass-on to other games as I try them.

Conclusion
Worth every penny. The level of improvement over the onboard sound is immeasurable. It adds a new level of depth to you media and games, and to think that this is only the budget card! The built-in amplifier awoke the sleeping giant in my old HD202s. Never had I heard them like this before. Even my wife's HD201s sounded excellent. I recommend it to anyone wanting to buy a good, all-around, sound card that won't make you wallet weep. It's very good and I love it. I will never go back to onboard sound again. I've missed out on too much. thumb.gif

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Little update. I got a little OC bug tonight, so I decided to take it out on my 560Ti. Because of this, my Onyx achieved it's new personal record for 3DMark 11 of P5650!! wheee.gif I OC'd it to what I think are it's absolute limit of 1020/2040/2275 using 295.73 drivers.

700

Score!!

And to think, when I built it, it was at 4986. My how quickly they grow. biggrin.gif
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Corsair H80i Windows 10 Professional Dell Ultrasharp U2412M Corsair K70 
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Creative SoundBlaster Z Creative Aurvana Live! 2 
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CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 SILVERSTONE Sugo SG01-BF Logitech Performance MX ASUS XONAR_DG 
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Rosewill RNX-N150PCe 
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Intel i7 4790K MSI Z97M GAMING EVGA GeForce GTX 980TI Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+ Mushkin Blackline 16 GB 
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Crucial M550 M.2 SSD Western Digital Caviar Black Hitachi Ultrastar Crucial MX200 
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Corsair H80i Windows 10 Professional Dell Ultrasharp U2412M Corsair K70 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair AX760 Silverstone Sugo SG-10 Logitech G602 Steelseries gaming mousepad 
AudioAudio
Creative SoundBlaster Z Creative Aurvana Live! 2 
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Intel Core i3 2105 ASRock Z68M/USB3 EVGA GeForce GTX 760 CORSAIR Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSKeyboard
Crucial M4 ASUS DVD burner Windows 7 Logitech K750 
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CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 SILVERSTONE Sugo SG01-BF Logitech Performance MX ASUS XONAR_DG 
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Rosewill RNX-N150PCe 
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