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Poll Results: best $100-150 cpu for unleashing gaming potential of gtx570?

  • 63% (48)
    Phenom x4 960T
  • 7% (6)
    Phenom x4 980BE
  • 5% (4)
  • 23% (18)
76 Total Votes  
post #121 of 123
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Originally Posted by Warmonger View Post

Get these. I currently have them running at 1600MHz @ 8-8-8-20 on 1.3v. And if your board supports memory overclocking they will do 2133MHz easily. They are super short so no heatsink compatibility issues.
Those aren't on the QVL which, as I'm finding out, can be quite an issue. I think I'll be getting these instead, as they are on said list. I just have a sinking feeling that this will not be the end of my troubles...
post #122 of 123
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Also of interest (maybe) is that while windows defender, firefox and chrome crash constantly, I just played through a game of LoL and Skyrim for about 15 minutes (settings maxed, cpu didn't get above 29 C, beautiful) without it crashing (though LoL launcher did crash a short time after the game). Seems strange no?
Edited by undercl0cked - 10/19/12 at 11:25pm
post #123 of 123
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OP reporting in...

So turns out the non-QVL memory was (very surprisingly) the problem, so in case anyone w/ a 960T happens across this thread, stick to the QVL.

As soon as I put in the ram it was stable, so I've since upped the multiplier to 19 (bringing cpu to 3.8GHz at 1.4V, hovering around 42C) and have no problems after 10 minutes of prime, so far so good. Assuming I don't have any problems with an overnight prime and I end up keeping cpu around ~3.5, should I:

  • up my NB? I've read multiple view points on how much it makes a difference.
  • keep the DRAM base at 800MHz?
  • use turbo boost?

Thanks everyone for your help, and thanks again to truckerguy for the very well priced board, cpu and cooler.
Edited by undercl0cked - 10/23/12 at 9:05pm
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