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So I picked up parts from Fry's this week to build a budget Age of Conan machine. Here's what I got:
Refurb Abit An52 = $4.90
ECS mobo / AMD 5600+ combo = $99
EVGA 8800GT = 129 after mir
OCZ Pc6400 (4,4,4,15) 2x1gig = 19.99 after MIR
Thermaltake 600w = $40
Cooler Master Hyper TX-2 Cpu fan = $30

Good deals on everything right?

Anyway, heres what im running into. The default core voltage for my 5600+ is 1.40 and the defaults fsb and multiplier is 200 / 14.5.

My cpu is idleing at 50C in the Bios (Abit EQ says 46c.)
So I googled and found that everyone else's stock voltage for this chip is less than 1.4, sometimes substancially so. I tried to adjust it but the lowest the bios will allow me to go is 1.4! It can only be raised, not lowered.

Also, my heatsink on this well rated cpu fan is completely cold to touch while the bios reads this 50c. The heatsink is at room temperature for sure. This was brand new and the stock paste which came pre-applied looked completely clean and fine to me.

1: Why is my lowest voltage allowed 1.4?
2: Why is my default frequency 2900 mhz instead of 2800 like many others with this chip?
3: Does a heatsink which is installed well with quality thermal grease share the exact temperature of the cpu? Or is it normal for it to be much cooler. I thought the methodology was for them to share a temperature.
4: Which of my parts would likely be the bottleneck in Age of Conan and to what degree?


Thanks for answering my questions. Oh by the way, this is my first post here so I hope that I am welcome to ask these questions.

Lastly, when i tried to run orthos blend last night the temperature reached 72c according to abit eq after just 2 minutes. This does not seem normal.

Edited by Xizenta - 5/27/08 at 3:06pm
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try updating to the latest bios and go from there
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I upgraded the bios to the latest version, min voltage allowed is still 1.40.
I also made a trip to radio shack to pick up some AS5 thermal paste, my temperatures are still too high... Orthos Blend gets the CPU at 67 celcius in just 4 minutes. Does anyone know what to think of all this?
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