Hey again. A bit of news.
I set the timings (5-5-5-18-2 clocks) as per the spec for my ram, and boosted the mhz to 1150mhz as lited, and couldn't get past post. I tried it with timings to auto, same result. I then left them on auto and tried 800mhz and got into Windows seemingly fine. After a bit of testing etc I decided to peer into my case for something and on restarting found I again, could not pass post. It would hang at the bios loading screen all over again. When I finally did get in I chickened out and reset factory defaults, so here I am at 2.4ghz again.
Now I may be able to leave my mem timings to auto and mhz to 667 and boot up again no problem, that was working fine before I started messing with my ram settings. That said, the reason I was peering into my case was to look into how I might arrange a Northbridge cooling.
I ran Everest and was appalled to see my Northbridge at 90deg and Southbridge at 60 or so. Thus, when I finally did get back into the BIOS I was rather keen to restore factory defaults until I sort out some cooling. Now having said that
running Everest now that I'm back at default and I see my Northbridge is at 89 as I type this, and the South is at 56. I assume this has to do with the fact that my new tower cooler (the Vendetta 2) provides NO downward cooling at all, it's all horizontal out the back.
So, two questions for you or anyone willing to answer.
- Will I fry anything on this machine running it like this until I get a cooler sorted out?
- Will a small 40mm fan attached to the Northbridge heatsink help me out much?
Once I get my cooling worked out I plan to revisit this OC business, by trying auto timings at 667 and see how that goes, then I can sort out why I can't raise my mem values. For now, I'm all about cooling and rather concerned I'm going to melt something even at stock speed here.