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Sound initiates 50% of all you feel while watching a movie... (not an over-statement). While gaming I'd say quite a bit comes from your own input and the frustrations or feelings of pride from your performance... However, sound continues to match the visuals... .

On-Board audio might sound great (it really does sound ok), and might even send the signals to the right channels in a 5.1 setup to want you of a Kraut coming up behind you, but a good sound card will deliver much clearer signals to these channels and will allow you to hear more sound effects, literally, that were otherwise getting lost in the mix... this not only gives you an edge, but the added sound quality will also heighten your emotions while gaming/watching a DVD/listening to music...

There is a reason why audiophiles would spend $5000 on a CD player and why the audio equipment on a feature often costs about the same as the camera rig if you don't count specialized camera support stuff like cranes dollys and such to get the camera in weird positions (all easily handled by wireless lavalier microphones). Oh! And why they pay millions of dollars for original songs...

just my 2 cents
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I did actually. I'll dig up the results and post back
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hey cog, is there a reason you dont run your memory at 1066 like it designed to be?

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Has anyone tried replacing *just* the northbridge cooler?

I was just looking at the pics of the board and thinking that since the heatpipe sections aren't joined in any way, could you not leave the existing southbridge setup so as to not interfere with any of the slot space?

Has anyone put a temperature probe specifically on the southbridge (or is it reported in the BIOS)? All the reports I've read complain about the northbridge getting too hot but don't mention the MCP/southbridge.

Is the FSB overclock reflected all the way down to the MCP/Southbridge or is it running at the PCI-E rate (that has been locked at the correct speed)? I'm not sure as to the exact details of how it works...
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Has anyone tried replacing *just* the northbridge cooler?

I was just looking at the pics of the board and thinking that since the heatpipe sections aren't joined in any way, could you not leave the existing southbridge setup so as to not interfere with any of the slot space?

Has anyone put a temperature probe specifically on the southbridge (or is it reported in the BIOS)? All the reports I've read complain about the northbridge getting too hot but don't mention the MCP/southbridge.

Is the FSB overclock reflected all the way down to the MCP/Southbridge or is it running at the PCI-E rate (that has been locked at the correct speed)? I'm not sure as to the exact details of how it works...

I did the nb first and after that with a thermal probe when overclocking, saw temps on the sb in the 60C range. Especially important is the fact that the sb is often covered or blocked from airflow by the top graphics card (and even worse with SLI). If you have two graphics cards and a sound card, the sb gets 0 airflow. Active cooling becomes a necessity.
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I did the nb first and after that with a thermal probe when overclocking, saw temps on the sb in the 60C range. Especially important is the fact that the sb is often covered or blocked from airflow by the top graphics card (and even worse with SLI). If you have two graphics cards and a sound card, the sb gets 0 airflow. Active cooling becomes a necessity.
Thanks. That's exactly what I wanted to know.
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I've built at least 5 rigs on my own without major issue. But this time.... Built a rig almost a month without completion yet. May be I am very bad luck this time...

I bought the mobo, cpu, psu brand new and got raptors, sound card, ram from 2nd hand market. It took me 2 weeks to gather essential parts and built the system a month ago.

Very happy that the system could boot when it was first assembled naked (one 8800GTX,2G ram and my old Enermax 600W). When installing the windows, the system could not post after reset (a process in window setup). I suspect it was the mobo problem as I tried swap another 8800GTX, another 2G ram, another psu, it could not post as well. Took the mobo to the shop and tested, no problem. OK, it should be cpu problem then. However, the office hour of Intel agent is exactly the same as mine, such that I did not have time to go for RMA. I bought a 2nd hand E6300 as workaround next day after work. OK, plugged the cpu it and the mobo could post. So, I went to sleep.

I bought the rest of the part next day after work - a 1000W psu (it was out of stock before) and prepared for the SLI connection. Rush back home and connect everything. Power on the new psu... oh my god, it screamed better than my girlfriend. I checked everything alright except that rpm sensor did not give voltage. The psu was actually functioning, it just alerted me the fan (sensor) did not work! It screamed everytime the pc reset until I pressed that red button at the psu. Took the psu to the shop next day and exchanged a new one. The new psu worked fine at my rig and intended to continue the setup next day...

Next day, I was happy again..... until I install the forceware. After finished the installation, it required reboot, but could not post again. Swap everything again, should not be the problem of RAM, psu, video card card. This time it should be cpu or mobo problem? Borrow another E6420 from my friend next day and plug to my mobo, it could not boot. So mobo was dead this time.

Next day lunch time, I took the mobo to Asus service center, they tested the mobo and agreed to give me a new one. However, they did not have stock, and I have to wait for a week.

I got the new mobo a week later together with the rma E6420. Reconnect everything, the process seems smooth - it post'ed. Then I have time to complete the windows, drivers installation with few benchmark s/w. Tweaked the system about a week and finalize few settings. Another day I decided to put all the parts into the case, spent me about 2 hours (the case is small for 2 super long video cards). Connect the ac plug, it could not post... took out everything and power on again naked, no problem. Put them in the case again, no post. Took them out again, post! I don't know why.. should not be the case the the screw of cpu heatsink touch the case, this should not create the problem. Anyway, I sticked a tape underneath the mobo. This time it posted. I then ran the ortho 1 days to test the stability and observed the system temperature when they were in the case. Fine, idle at 34C and full load at 53C (room temp about 28C). Happy again...

Yesterday I tried to oc my 8800gtx pair. They could go up to 630/2000 without artifact. But I could only gain 200 in 3dmark06. I did not know why. I would investigate this later as it was quite late. Return all the settings to default. Before went to sleep, I checked email and surfed for few minutes. The system sudden hang! Could not post after reset! No time to check why as it was 4:00am.... time to bed (to be continued)
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Has anyone tried replacing *just* the northbridge cooler?
I'm useing a Nocuta NU-06 on my NorthBridge and the stock cooler on the SouthBridge. As far as I'm concerned, the Northbridge is the main chip that needs uprated cooling as it sees the biggest increase in vCore as you raise FSB. There's very little need to increase the Southbridge vCore and I'm able to run 3.6Ghz 24/7 without any problems. However, I do have a chassis fan blowing air over the area where the SouthBridge is located to improve the cooling.

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Is the FSB overclock reflected all the way down to the MCP/Southbridge or is it running at the PCI-E rate (that has been locked at the correct speed)? I'm not sure as to the exact details of how it works...
The stock vCore for the Southbridge is 1.50v and I currently have it running at 1.55v with my FSB at 1600Mhz. The NothBridge is running at 1.55v aswell, though its stock vCore is only 1.25v.
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