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So the processor and mobo arrived today at around 6:00PM EST, and the install was fairly uneventful. I plan on doing this in three phases:

Phase 1:
Install basic components, bootable drive and 2 GB of ram (since Vista only supports 4 GB through a hotfix). Install Vista and download all important patches.

Phase 2:
Install other hard drives (quite a few of them), more ram, VGA cooling, make sure everything is up to snuff.

Phase 3:
This is what most of you are interested in. Let the OCing begin! I got a VGA cooler specifically so I could OC the 8800 GT, I got 1200 MHz ram so that I had plenty of overhead, and I got the Zalman CPU cooler because I heard it was the best air cooling you can get. Then of course, post the details here.

So far I am about halfway through Phase 1, Vista is currently loading, but the onboard RAID 0 went flawlessly and things are looking good so far.
    
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post #2 of 13
Sounds good. Look forward to seeing more posts on Q9450.
post #3 of 13
I cant even read this, for I am too jealous.
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I will read it and i hope it clocks so well i go green with envy Good luck man!
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Originally Posted by Carnage View Post
I cant even read this, for I am too jealous.
To think, I was a day away from ordering the very processor you have. Grass, green, you know.

I will share it as much as the rules of internet forums allow, however.
    
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Still having issues connecting the hard drive, and it took about a half hour to realize that to install the aftermarket VGA cooler I needed to take off the stock one. Der. Also, I might need to RMA the ram because it is not "SLI Ready", which seems to mean that it clocks it down to DDR2 800. Do not want.
    
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post #7 of 13
I would recommend you disable the following in the bios:
Standard CMOS Features
Drive A: None (If you dont have a floppy)

Advanced Bios Features
Full Screen Logo Show: Disabled

Advanced Chipset Features

sub menu System Clocks
CPU Spread Spectrum: Disabled

sub menu CPU Configuraion
CPU Thermal Control: Disable
C1E Enhanced Halt State: Disabled

Integrated Peripherals
On Board FDC Controller: Disabled (if you dont have a floppy)
Onboard Serial Port 1: Disabled


This will also keep your CPU from dropping to a x6 multi (you have C1E enabled).
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post #8 of 13
You don't really need SLI ready ram. It's a marketing ploy and gimmick.
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post #9 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by NCspecV81 View Post
You don't really need SLI ready ram. It's a marketing ploy and gimmick.
Correct.

Just set your ram to unlinked and then set it at the manufacturer's specs


looking at this screenshot:

change FSB - Memory Clock Mode to unlinked
change FSB (QDR), MHZ to the speed you want to run (1200)




Then make sure to set the proper ram voltage!


Then set the timings
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post #10 of 13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ericeod View Post
Correct.

Just set your ram to unlinked and then set it at the manufacturer's specs


looking at this screenshot:

change FSB - Memory Clock Mode to unlinked
change FSB (QDR), MHZ to the speed you want to run (1200)

Then make sure to set the proper ram voltage!


Then set the timings
Do I have to simultaneously OC the mobo and the ram, when I do finally get to the point where I want to stress this thing? Is there an optimal multiplier?
    
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Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 @ 3.5 GHz EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 780i 2 EVGA 8800 GT SLI @ 730/1836/1026 4 GB Patriot DDR2 1200 MHz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
150GB Raptors x2, 500 GB Hitachi Vista Home Premium 64-bit KDS 24" + Rosewill R912E 19" Thermaltake 700W Modular Supply 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
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