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Hey all!
I've been on here for a while but have only just joined.
I have been using a Pentium D 2.8 for the past 5 years, it struggled doing anything, I originally wanted to build an Intel i5 system but the prices of the amd fx's convinced me to go with AMD, I am VERY happy I did!!!

I have just built my new system a couple of days ago and wanted to check my stats and voltages etc to make sure i'm not going to blow anything up!? my GT440 broke a day before I built the new system so am having to use a Radeon 5450 doh.gif

Apart from the graphics this system flies! I am sooo impressed!
I still have things to buy for the system, a good gaming graphics card, extra cooling, ssd drives when the prices go down etc

My motherboard is the Asus M5A97 Pro

At the moment I have it running at 4.4ghz, NB at 2200mhz, HT at 2400, Ram at 1600 (can I run this at 1800?) I would like a bit more if I can but I don't want to damage anything, is there anything I have missed? anything I can tweak?

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Thanks in advance!
Edited by FK1983 - 1/3/12 at 2:32am
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Stick with a single beastly GPU. biggrin.gif
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Stick with a single beastly GPU. biggrin.gif
Any recommendations?
Nvidia or ATI? I have always stuck with NVidia but I like the idea of having the whole system using ATI/AMD hardware (am I strange lol)

Also, I don't want to spend loads on a graphics card, just a good value card that can play modern games on pretty good settings smile.gif
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Both are great companies. What's your budget and power supply?
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The AMD Radeon HD 6850's are pretty good for the money and would only need about a 600W power supply. I've bought the XFX one and the Gigabyte one for family members and they both perform well with new games. If your looking for a bit more the HD 6950 1Gb or 2Gb are great. If your looking at NVIDIA the 560TI are good.

On your overclock try raising the FSB to around 230 or 240 and lower the multiplier. Make sure HT is around 2000MHz and ram speeds are near stock to start. You can also raise the NB to around 2600 to 2800MHz. Just make sure you bump the voltage a bit to make it stable and you should have a good overclock. Using the FSB combined with the multiplier make for a much better overclock.
Edited by cmac68 - 1/3/12 at 3:11am
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It would help out if you filled out your system specs so we could see what you have so far. thumb.gif
    
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Seeing how that motherboard will only support crossfire I would be inclined to go with an AMD graphic card. The AMD 7xxx series is just trickling out right now, so I would recommend waiting just a little bit to see what AMD releases. The 7970 looks quite promising, but the $500+ price tag is a bit much IMO. I would wait to see how the more mid-range 7xxx series cards turn out.

That way you will have a decently powerful single card now, and then when the prices drop / games demand more power you can slap in another and crossfire them. However, if you went with nVidia you wouldn't be able to do that out of the box. I know that there were some SLI hacks for the older AMD chipsets, but I haven't heard if they work on these newer chipsets.
Edited by AtomicFrost - 1/3/12 at 3:10am
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post #8 of 17
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Both are great companies. What's your budget and power supply?
Hmm, At the moment around £150 but in a few months (5 or 6) I will be in a better position (money wise) to spend a lot more on something better, my power supply is 700watt.

Quote:
Originally Posted by cmac68 View Post

The AMD Radeon HD 6850's are pretty good for the money and would only need about a 600W power supply. I've bought the XFX one and the Gigabyte one for family members and they both perform well with new games. If your looking for a bit more the HD 6950 1Gb or 2Gb are great. If your looking at NVIDIA the 560TI are good.
On your overclock try raising the FSB to around 230 or 240 and lower the multiplier. Make sure HT is around 2000MHz and ram speeds are near stock to start. You can also raise the NB to around 2600 to 2800MHz. Just make sure you bump the voltage a bit to make it stable and you should have a good overclock. Using the FSB combined with the multiplier make for a much better overclock.
Thanks for the advice, what is the difference with changing the FSB over the Multiplier? I did try the NB at 2600 and 2800 but it wouldn't boot so i'm guessing i need to up the voltage? how do I know I won't damage it? what are the voltage limits?

Also, how can I overclock the ram a bit more? i just get a blue screen if i go above 1600?


Quote:
Originally Posted by mad0314 View Post

It would help out if you filled out your system specs so we could see what you have so far. thumb.gif
I did fill out the rigbuilder thingy earlier smile.gif

Quote:
Originally Posted by AtomicFrost View Post

Seeing how that motherboard will only support crossfire I would be inclined to go with an AMD graphic card. The AMD 7xxx series is just trickling out right now, so I would recommend waiting just a little bit to see what AMD releases. The 7970 looks quite promising, but the $500+ price tag is a bit much IMO. I would wait to see how the more mid-range 7xxx series cards turn out.
That way you will have a decently powerful single card now, and then when the prices drop / games demand more power you can slap in another and crossfire them. However, if you went with nVidia you wouldn't be able to do that out of the box. I know that there were some SLI hacks for the older AMD chipsets, but I haven't heard if they work on these newer chipsets.
Is the 6770 any good just for now until I can afford something better in a few months time? is it better than thee GT440 what I had? will it play modern games for example?
Edited by FK1983 - 1/3/12 at 4:09am
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Hmm, At the moment around £150 but in a few months (5 or 6) I will be in a better position (money wise) to spend a lot more on something better, my power supply is 700watt.
Thanks for the advice, what is the difference with changing the FSB over the Multiplier? I did try the NB at 2600 and 2800 but it wouldn't boot so i'm guessing i need to up the voltage? how do I know I won't damage it? what are the voltage limits?
Also, how can I overclock the ram a bit more? i just get a blue screen if i go above 1600?
I did fill out the rigbuilder thingy earlier smile.gif
Is the 6770 any good just for now until I can afford something better in a few months time? is it better than thee GT440 what I had? will it play modern games for example?

Yes the 6770 is a decent card, very good value for money. For a temporary card it will do fine. Since you said you can wait 5-6 months, you may want to wait until then and grab a 7xxx card. They will be coming out gradually starting this year.
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Originally Posted by cmac68 View Post

The AMD Radeon HD 6850's are pretty good for the money and would only need about a 600W power supply. I've bought the XFX one and the Gigabyte one for family members and they both perform well with new games. If your looking for a bit more the HD 6950 1Gb or 2Gb are great. If your looking at NVIDIA the 560TI are good.
On your overclock try raising the FSB to around 230 or 240 and lower the multiplier. Make sure HT is around 2000MHz and ram speeds are near stock to start. You can also raise the NB to around 2600 to 2800MHz. Just make sure you bump the voltage a bit to make it stable and you should have a good overclock. Using the FSB combined with the multiplier make for a much better overclock.

make that 26-28 2200-2400.Set the NB voltage to 1.3.Set the CPU/NBvoltage to 1.35.Up to 1.46v for the Vcore voltage(or more if you're feeling lucky)
Edited by Schmuckley - 1/3/12 at 4:32am
 
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