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post #1 of 32
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****** EDITED April 1st 2012. This will be my current build
with posts, pictures, questions, and everything else in between! Greetings!
Anyone is welcome to comment / post and enjoy! biggrin.gif ******


I've been browsing this site for a couple years off and on and finally became a member! smile.gif
I realized I could search the net for hours on end to answer my own questions or
just become a member here and get it done faster thumb.gif . Anywho, I built my rig in
Dec 11', and finally decided to bump up my CPU a tad. Specs below.

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CPU
2700k @ 4.5GHz
load_temperature: 60 Celsius
idle_temperature: 30 Celsius
voltage: 1.288 V

RAM
Corsair Dominator GT
voltage: 1.65 V
speed: 1866
size: 8 GBytes

Cooling
H100 Corsair

Motherboard
Asus Maximus IV Extreme Z

Hard Drive
Corsair GT
count: 2
capacity: 90 GBytes
Comment: 500/550 RW

Power
AX1200

Graphics
GTX 590

Monitor
Asus 27" VK278Q

Case
800D


My overclocking experience went well overall. The only changes I really did in Bios
were change the multiplierand speed and timing of the ram. I kept stock voltages other
than the Ram. Ran Prime95 for 12 hours in Small FFT and Large FFT for 2 hours.
No errors, no freezing, no BSOD's, nothing. Then I ran Memtest for 2 hours with no
problems either. Overall I think I'm satisfied @ 4.5G on my 2700k & 1866MHz on my Dom GT's.

My question is if I feel like its stable with these numbers, do I need to do anything else
to make sure I did everything right? I do some heavy gaming, and get excellent FPS,
but I don't want to compermise stability and longevity for performance.

I've love to hear yall's opinions! smile.gif And heres a few IMG's for eye candy wink.gif
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Edited by Bezna - 8/31/15 at 2:05pm
post #2 of 32
its down to personal preference really
when you ran them stability tests did you do it custom with 90% of the RAM available?
personally for a solid stability test i like to do a custom blend with 90% of available RAM (6500mb) for 24hrs
post #3 of 32
Thread Starter 
I did not run any custom or custom blend stability tests only,
Small and Large as mentioned above.
I guess I'll give Blend a shot for 24 hours smile.gif
My cpu benchmark score did go up about 20% though, woot! smile.gifbiggrin.gif
post #4 of 32
Welcome to the forums! Great work done with tweaking the numbers smile.gif
great look of the 800D - I love that case
Are you thinking about the second video? 1200 seems to be an overkill just for one video card
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II 1090t MSI 890fxa-GD70 ATI Radeon 5870, reference design for Dell x3 Kingston HyperX 2x4Gb 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
2x Seagate Barracuda 250Gb 7200.10  WD Scorpio Blue 7200rpm Samsung 22x DVD+/-RW,+RAM with Light scribe Noctua NH-D14 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Windows 7 Enterprise x64 Dell 2007Wp x2 OCZ 1250w Antec Lanboy Air Yellow 
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Dell 5 Button 
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AMD Phenom II 1090t MSI 890fxa-GD70 ATI Radeon 5870, reference design for Dell x3 Kingston HyperX 2x4Gb 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
2x Seagate Barracuda 250Gb 7200.10  WD Scorpio Blue 7200rpm Samsung 22x DVD+/-RW,+RAM with Light scribe Noctua NH-D14 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Windows 7 Enterprise x64 Dell 2007Wp x2 OCZ 1250w Antec Lanboy Air Yellow 
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post #5 of 32
Welcome to OCN!
You have got a killer rig.
But why not custom w/c?
post #6 of 32
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by shaks View Post

Welcome to the forums! Great work done with tweaking the numbers smile.gif
great look of the 800D - I love that case
Are you thinking about the second video? 1200 seems to be an overkill just for one video card

Thanks! I will be upgrading to GTX 590 SLI later on this year. 1200? What do you mean? I purchased the card for $750.
*edit* I understand now. ;P You were talking about the ax1200. Yes I had this in mind when purchasing it.
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Originally Posted by d6bmg View Post

Welcome to OCN!
You have got a killer rig.
But why not custom w/c?

Thank you. I've never done custom water cooling before and I heard stories that they could leak and ruin your whole setup.
On top of that I heard great reviews of the H100, ease of install, and the temps are pretty awesome for my minor OC.
I had this in mind before the build & I dont think an extra 500MHz oc is worth the time / risk of over voltage / wc setup.
I do think it looks amazing! smile.gif Some of the rigs I've seen are breath taking!
Edited by Bezna - 3/10/12 at 9:28am
post #7 of 32
Welcome.
post #8 of 32
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Update on the build, I ordered 5 120mm Cougar Vortex fans a few days ago. I plan to use 4 for push pull on the H100, hope I see an decrease in temps on my cpu. Also one 120m will go on the third fan opening on top of my 800d. I also ordered a 140mm cougar vortex to replace the intake back side 140mm fan that came stock on the 800d. Will post up some pictures next week. Fingers crossed for better cooling smile.gif
post #9 of 32
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As promised, here is an update on the cougar vortex fans I recently installed.
Overall I am very pleased with the quality, performance and looks of the fans.

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I have done some benchmark tests on my CPU and GPU before and after the install and
did notice a few degrees cooler on the CPU side while running Prime95 with my H100,
although the GPU temps stayed the same. Keep in mind, overclock stayed the same at 4.5 on my 2700k with 1.288v.
Also I made sure to run Prime95 for a full cycle ( 12 tests I believe ) or about 15 - 20 mins
and enough time to cool down between each test ( 10 - 20 minutes ).

The before / after fans tests were done with this vertical vented setup:
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Before the install H100 PUSH only - Prime95 numbers with H100 on HIGH. (Celsius)
CPU:
Idle: 30c - 36c
Average: 59, 64, 66, 66
Maximum: 61, 66, 67, 67
After: H100 PUSH/PULL - Prime95 numbers with H100 on HIGH. (Celsius)
Idle: 28c - 34c
Average: 53, 56, 60, 60
Maximum: 55, 59, 61, 61
After: Prime95 numbers with H100 on LOW. (Celsius)
Almost identical numbers as before the install with stock fans! (give or take a degree)
The Idle speeds changed very little before / after. (1 - 2 c)



Now there is a downside to these fans. I did notice some complained about a small noise resulting from
installing them horizontally facing up (pushing air out of the case). For the first week I did not notice this
when my H100 was on high a few times. But the other day I started hearing a grind / vibrating noise
( almost like a HDD seeking or writing ) coming from the top of my case. Sure enough it was the fans.
I was interested seeing if the fans made this noise only when facing upwards so I went ahead and
flipped them and the noise stopped.

After finding this out I was determined to seek a solution for the problem. Although my current setup
showed my temps were good, it bothered me knowing the noise is there when I wanted to set my H100 on high.
Reading about 800d airflow and looking at other peoples temps and setups I learned that by using the H100
to pull air from the outside of the case was another positive to my noise solution. All tests were done with H100
on LOW for minimum noise levels and again I made sure to run Prime95 for a full cycle ( 12 tests I believe ) or
about 15 - 20 mins and enough time to cool down between each test ( 10 - 20 minutes ). Same with
Unigine Heaven 3.0, same settings for each tests and at least one benchmark or two with a good few minutes of
GPU temps leveled out at max.

So I went positive positive positive pressure!
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Prime95 numbers with H100 on LOW. (Celsius)
CPU:
Idle: 24c - 30c !!!! AWESOME
Average: 56, 58, 60, 62
Maximum: 58, 62, 64, 64
GPU:
Idle: 40c
Unigine: 88c at 70% fan speed. (stock curve)

As you can see this setup was great for the CPU, not so great for the GPU.
The fan speed was way too high for my liking and there was too much hot air
trapped in the case for the GPU to breath properly.
Onward to the next one.

I read someone tried positive pressure with no bottom intake so I decided to give it a shot:
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GPU: Fail
Went over 90c and fan speed was at 80%. Stopped it right away. Next.

A blend / neutral pressure setup.
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Prime95 numbers with H100 on LOW. (Celsius)
CPU:
Idle: About the same as positive pressure setup. 24c - 30c
Average: About the same as the positive pressure setup (add a degree or two from each core)
Maximum: About the same as the positive pressure setup (add a degree or two from each core)
GPU:
Idle: 38c
Unigine: 88c at 63% fan speed. (stock curve) better than Positive pressure by 7%
in which case I can bump up the fan speed and get lower GPU temps if I wanted!
Although I liked this setup more than the positive pressure one, I still had better GPU temps
with my original vertical vented setup so I went back to the original and to test the temps again,
though instead of the bottom 140mm stock fan, I replaced it with a scythe 120mm SY1225SL12LM-P fan
I had installed (in the third spot at the top of the case) before I purchased the Cougars.

Original vertical vented setup with 120mm instead of 140mm on the bottom.
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Prime95 numbers with H100 on LOW. (Celsius)
CPU:
Idle: 29c - 34c ( 120mm Scythe helped !!! biggrin.gif )
Average: 57, 58, 63, 63
Maximum: 58, 62, 64, 64
GPU:
Idle: 38c
Unigine: 86c at 57% fan speed. (stock curve) EVEN BETTER!
So if I really wanted to I can set up my custom FAN CURVE in EVGA Precision X
and lower the temp to 68c at 68% fan speed!

Conclusion: I wasted my time lol. I will keep the Push/Pull as an exhaust with intake from the back (filtered with Silverstone 140mm filter), and intake from the bottom with all the hot air exhausting at the top. Best for my GPU and only a few degree's difference
for my CPU. Finally here is my final and current setup ( unless something changes in the future biggrin.gif ).

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And a few more for eye candy smile.gif

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One last thing:
I had some random Freeze / Lock up's while playing BF3 and Benchmarking in Unigine a few times.
Thought it might have been because of my Mem overclock or CPU but it wasn't. I know I ran Prime95 for 24 hours
and Memtest86 for a few hours a couple times so that wasn't it. I read up on the Nvidia current 296.10 drivers being crap
and buggy so I backtracked to the 295.73 set of drivers and havent had a lockup or crash since. Works like a charm.

Thank you, hope this helped someone out there with a GTX590, 800D, and Cougar Fans! smile.gif Enjoy - Vio
Edited by Bezna - 4/1/12 at 10:03pm
post #10 of 32
Thread Starter 
Also some Unigine Heaven 3.0 marks
4x 4x Normal
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Extreme High on all
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Dont know what my single GTX 590 compares to others in these benchmarks, close I hope?
Also weird thing it doesn't pick up my GTX 590 for Graphics instead of the Intel Graphics.
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