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Wife's building this one for me... isn't she nice :-)

Zerl's Black Edition Gaming Rig
Lian Li PC-60FNWX with window (USB3.0) Black aluminium inside and out.
Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD7 AMD Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Hex Core (3.20GHz) Black Edition
Corsair Hydro H50 CPU Cooler (Sealed cooling unit)
XFX 750W ATX 12V Power Supply Black Edition (made by Seasonic)
Corsair 4GB (2x XMS3 2GB) PC-12800 (1600MHz) 7-7-7-20 DDR3, DOMINATOR GT with DHX+ AIR FAN w/Black Edition Memory Profile
XFX Radeon HD 5970 - 2GB GDDR5 - (725MHz, 4800MHz) Black Edition
Intel X25-M 80GB SSD Read 250MB/s, 70MB/s
Western Digital WD1002FAEX SATA3 1000GB 1TB 3.5" CAVIAR Black Edition Hard Disk 64MB 7200RPM
Samsung SH-B083A Blu-ray Combo Drive

Launch Day Thursday - Enough parts arrive to begin build. Build begins, many arguments *cough* discussions...

Friday 2am we finally crash after a 5 hour build.

Friday night, too damn tired to do anything except turn it on and make sure no post errors.

Saturday - Re-cabling cause we are not happy about the mess. Looks much neater now. This case has a window man, needs to be sweet. I am dreaming up ideas for leds, lightshows and the rest.

Now for BIOS, I know F1 is buggy as **** so we get F2 on their pronto then start tuning the basics, AHCI enabled although OCZ's guide to SSD says run IDE mode but what do you do for your WD Black then... piss in the wind? Turn off CPU Smartfan control (runs fan at something stupid like 400rpm because the H50 is doing its job, now back to 1000rpm) CPU vcore is being reported as 1.457 volts, need to check that. Memory running a 9-9-9-24@1333 w/1.5v, look up specs and bump to 1.65v 7-7-7-20@1600 and run 8 hours on MS memory test overnight. Sigh with relief there are no problems because many people have reported problems getting RAM to run at spec.

Then the software build begins... Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and then the fun starts. Which drivers should we install? The ones from the Gigabyte CD, the ones from the Microsoft or the ones from vendors websites? The GPU drivers from ATI (10.6) or the set from XFX (10.5)?

Sunday - Memory test passed but now bluescreen's after dropping ATI on top of XFX drivers without removing old ones first. Not sure if it was the drivers problem or the dreaded 2D@157Mhz problem I am reading about on the web (google: xfx 5970 black edition drivers). The bluescreen's were severe and stopped us dead.

Re-install Windows 7 time, kind of expected. Getting the right driver set can be tricky. XFX Drivers are going in now....

Regards

Zerlargal
Edited by rtfmoz - 6/20/10 at 4:27am
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post #2 of 7
Wow, nice rig mate

And welcome to OCN !
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Damn, that's a really nice rig right there!
   
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You need a bigger screen, or eyefinity now .

But very nice rig indeed. Congrats on the build, and welcome to OCN.
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Originally Posted by rtfmoz View Post
Then the software build begins... Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and then the fun starts. Which drivers should we install? The ones from the Gigabyte CD, the ones from the Microsoft or the ones from vendors websites? The GPU drivers from ATI (10.6) or the set from XFX (10.5)?

Sunday - Memory test passed but now bluescreen's after dropping ATI on top of XFX drivers without removing old ones first. Not sure if it was the drivers problem or the dreaded 2D@157Mhz problem I am reading about on the web (google: xfx 5970 black edition drivers). The bluescreen's were severe and stopped us dead.

Re-install Windows 7 time, kind of expected. Getting the right driver set can be tricky. XFX Drivers are going in now....

Regards

Zerlargal
I would install 10.6 drivers with a fresh install of windows then install ATI Crossfire Profiles for added boost cause you have crossfire. Also the 2D@175Mhz isn't really the problem in that problem, the problem was that it either would go back into 3D mode or the voltage was was to low to support that clock and would bluescreen when it tried to go into 2D mode. But that was a easy fix with just a flash of the card.

I have the same GPU as you so I know and read about all the bugs about it and most are/were tiny errors that could easily be fixed. Like my card only issue it has no manual fan speed control, which was a easy fix by flashing new bios on to the card straight from the XFX's website.


Also Welcome to OCN and you have a nice build I must say
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We want PICSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!
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Really nice all the all welcomes, thank you!

Quote:
Originally Posted by pioneerisloud View Post
You need a bigger screen, or eyefinity now .
No. I need a bigger desk before I can fit three of them. :-)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Chucklez View Post
I would install 10.6 drivers with a fresh install of windows then install ATI Crossfire Profiles for added boost cause you have crossfire.
Your a godsend... we were wondering the best way to go. XFX driver install halted! ATI 10.6 going in now. GPU-Z says its running at 60 degrees, sound ok? Do I need manual fan control for anything? We were trying to figure out how to turn crossfire on and then spotted GPU-Z which tells us its already on!

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Originally Posted by Saiyansnake View Post
We want PICSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!
Yes I have them and I will put them up tonight :-)

Regards

Zerlargal
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