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post #11 of 17
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Couple of quick images, not the best photos, i'll take more next week when i get some time to do them properly, but you get the idea.
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post #12 of 17
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OK, got everything installed and ready to go as discussed in the last post. Started overclocking by setting a variety of settings in the bios from 'auto' to 'manual' settings.

Vcore - 3.3V
RAM - 5-5-5-15 2T
RAM Volts - 2.0V

also set FSB/RAM from auto to unlinked

FSB : 1066 MHz
RAM : 800 MHz

booted with out any problems (as expected)

so some quick FSB bumps took me up from 2.44GHz to 2.7GHz before i had to run back to work.

just wanted to get this down before i forget what i did.

back to pump that fsb up much more later.

so far so good

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You must have rats in there! They made a nest out of your wiring!
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yes it is a bit of a mess in there atm! will try and sort it out some time this week and get some more photos up. only problem is this case doesn't have a motherboard tray or anything handy to hide all the wire's behind! so i dont have much choice but to chuck them all in the empty spare 5" bay's (power cables that is!) also got a couple of nasty strip cables in there which doesn't help! some nice sleaved replacments on order though, so should be a bit better later this week.

on the overclocking side of things, got up to 3.0GHz with no problems at 1.315 Vcore. bumped up to 3.1GHz, booted but failed an orthos test in the first 3 seconds, so upping that vcore atm. had to leave it to come to work this morning so no luck just yet, but should be on the road to 3.6GHz very soon.

as i hit 3.0GHz with no trouble at all and very low temps i thought i'd aim for 3.6GHz, that would give me a nice 1:1 ratio with the RAM and give me a very nice system.

only thing i'm a little concirned about is the 8800GTS! i know there hot cards but mine hit 80C after about 10-15 minutes of work! seem's very hot, need to research that a bit more and see if that's about right for the card.

still going well and no BSOD's so far.
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post #15 of 17
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Just a quick update.

Currently running at 3.12GHz after upping my vcore to 1.4V from 1.3V. Tried getting a higher clock but Orthos failed in the first few seconds (3.2GHz). currently have NB and SB Volts on Auto and think this is my problem for gaining any higher clock speeds. reluctant to increase them just yet as i still have the stock heat pipes attached. I know the NB run's very hot and my OC probally hasn't helped the situation. got some active cooling on order so should be up and running again soon. will probally have to up the vocre some more too. hopfully i wont need to go much above 1.5V though.

Still so far so good, no BSOD's.

also did some OC'ing to my ASUS 8800GTS.

GPU Core from 513MHz - 628MHz
GPU MEM from 792MHz - 900MHz

and ran some new bench's with this setup. (RAM is still at 5-5-5-15 2T)

Super Pi = 16.594 Sec's
3DMark06 = 10545 Marks

Fair bit of gain there from the old stock settings, and hopfully more to come soon.
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post #16 of 17
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Little more overclocking done and some more kit inside the box to cool things down a little. also a nifty little fan that mounts on one of your mobo mounting holes and can be bent and twisted to point anywhere you like.

i've stuck it in and got it pointing into the fan on my 8800GTS, also increased my GTS's fan speed to 100% 24/7. this has lowered my GPU temps by a silly amount. i was running at about 60 idle and 80-85 under load. now its 48-49 idle and 68 under load.

still waiting for my active NB and SB cooling to arive, also orderd a replacment side panel fan with blue led's instead of the plain black one i got with the case, that should make things look a bit more colourful.

onto the numbers.

e6600 is still at 3.12GHz and RAM at 5-5-5-15 2T

8800GTS now running at 630 Core and 1000 Mem

3D Mark 01 SE = 54764
3D Mark 03 = 37319
3D Mark 05 = 17506
3D Mark 06 = 10746
PC Mark 05 = 8100

as soon as this active cooling comes for my NB and SB i should be able to crack on with the 3.6GHz target. if and when i get there i'll see what i can get out of the RAM and try and push the GPU a little further.

all in all i'm please with the results so far

looking forward to pushing it more.
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post #17 of 17
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Think i might be all but done with my current set up. stripped out everything last night, fitted some active cooling on my NB and SB, also replaced the side fan with a blue LED verson for a little more colour. Thinking of replacing the front intake fan with a new 120mm LED fan too for that final bit of colour.

anyway managed to tidy up my cables a lot more this time round, hid some power cables behind the 5"1/2 bays and also other cables more tidy behind the HDD bays. (Photos soon)

got everything back up and running, and started to overclock a little more, managed to get up to 3.3GHz (semi stable, a quick orthos test but need to run a full few hours yet!) also tightened my RAM up to 4-4-4-8 1T from 5-5-5-15 2T. may try and push the ram further but want to get some active cooling for it first. everywhere is out of stock of RAM cooling at the moment for some reason!

Ran a few quick bench's but can't remember the numbers now i'm at work! will update my scores early next week and try and work out how much of a boost my overclocking has had.

To get to 3.3GHz i had up up vocre to 1.5V also NB and SB @ 1.5V so the active cooling is going to be put to good use. may try and lower some V's a little and get 3.3GHz stable with the lowest V's i can next week.

think i got capped at 3.3GHz due to my power supply, with the extra demand from my OC'ing its giving enough juice to the processor to keep stuff stable. always booting but failing Orthos at 3.4GHz.

Thinking of upgrading my Processor cooling too. need to do some research first though. Arctic Freezer 7 Pro is going a good job, but with i side fan pointing almost straight at the Core the side fins on the AF7 block that off and arn't gaining any extra cooling!

Forgoten the name but there is a full copper circle HS and Fan out there that would gain from my side fan as well as its own fan.

anyway back to work.
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