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Well in CPU-Z it says the DRAM Freq is 425 Mhz but in Bios it says its running at DDR2 850 so I guess then thats what i meant But my PC seems to run fine when its at that speed so i don't think my OC problem could be affected too much by that.
    
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i think the mobo is the problem.
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yer i think so too, bummer, i have no money for a new mobo at them moment
    
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would anyone know what the best board to OC this proccessor would be and I need SLI but only 2 way and it doesn't have to be DDR2 but preferably and be under 150 quid
    
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DFI LanParty?
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never heard of them lol I was looking at the Asus Striker II Formula NF780i S775, i don't know if this would be good for my current setup?
    
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Originally Posted by mbarry View Post
DFI LanParty?
DFI has stopped making LANParty boards --while there are still some in the channel, I wouldn't recommend it. Some of them are a pain in the rear to tweak stable, too.

I'd recommend the board in my sig --Gigabyte GA EP45-UD3P, which is feature-rich, stable, and very overclockable. Unfortunately, it looks like it's getting hard to find; I'm thinking it may have been recently discontinued. They typically go for around $130-140.

EDIT: Found a couple new ones by this seller on Ebay:
http://cgi.ebay.com/GIGABYTE-GA-EP45...item4aa20afba7
Edited by LoneWolf15 - 6/11/10 at 4:00pm
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would anyone know what the best board to OC this proccessor would be and I need SLI but only 2 way and it doesn't have to be DDR2 but preferably and be under 150 quid
If you're only planing to OC that Q9400 to about 3.2 to 3.4GHz and you want a SLI mobo, you can buy a XFX 750i SLI for about $90 to $100 new. I had decided to pull this fella out (was in the closet it as a back-up mobo for over a year). Just recently, I had spent about a couple of weeks OC'ing on it and to my surprise, it's not that bad...once you get use to the bios I was able to get it running stable at 3.42GHz but decided to settle for a 3.33GHz since the difference was very minimal and the voltage settings were more pleasant. Providing dual SLI performance at 16x+8x respectively and being a moderate OC'ing mobo, it's really not that bad. It's not the most OC'ing friendly mobo regarding to the bios but as I had stated (gotta have patience), once you get use to it, it's a pretty good mobo

Now, if you want to do some major OC'ing and do not mind using the crack formula to run SLI, buy a Gigabyte EP45 UD3P (best OC'ing LGA775 mobo period ). Gigabyte EP45 UD3P Using SLI
Edited by drBlahMan - 6/11/10 at 4:28pm
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post #19 of 40
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hmmm, cheers drblahman i'll think about that one. And lonewolf I've looked for that board and I can't seem to find it anywhere in the UK and I was hoping to have SLI because apparently the scaling on the GTX 470's is very good. But i might change my mind I duno . ALso I have just noticed that in CPU-Z it shows that my core voltage is 1.648! which I tihnk is too high but when I go into hardware monitor on the abit UGuru (abit monitoring chip) it shows the voltages to be between 1.10 and 1.28V so I don't know which to trust :S. I don't wana fry my CPU just after I got it because the board is rubbish. What should I do?
    
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Make sure none of your voltages are set to "automatic" in BIOS; this can be unreliable. Set them manually, starting by using the actual VID listed on your processor.

Double-check to see if CPU-Z is correct by downloading CoreTemp and/or RealTemp to see what they report.

If all of them report the same high voltage once your CPU is set to manual, then start dropping the voltage in BIOS just a little bit at a time, saving, rebooting, then running temperature-monitoring again. 1.648v (if that is correct) is way beyond voltage spec. The maximum safe in the design spec is 1.45v and the maximum Intel supports under warranty is 1.3625 if I recall correctly, so I really wouldn't go beyond that.

Try using the BIOS to lock the memory speed at 400MHz, so that you're only upping the FSB of the processor. This might allow an overclock with your existing equipment. ValueRAM just isn't designed to be pushed to that 425MHz speed.
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