Ok, well, let's see were to start? I guess with the important stuff...
Black Magix I gotta say that I second everything that BWG has said about not wanting to loose you. If there's something I can do to help with your current difficulties, I'll sure give it my best. I'm very seriously considering a significant upgrade to Icarus and would be happy to offer up the chip, mobo, and ram if they'll help when I get there. I hadn't really developed a time frame for this whole thing, but well, if it needs to be sooner rather than later that might be a possibility. That said, I've never really tried using that machine as an HTPC, theoretically it should be strong enough, but I've never gone there. I have seen a couple of things with just regular streaming video that may me wonder a bit, but I also can't say that they weren't cause by network traffic etc. Just keep us looped in.
Sort of thinking out loud, "sound but no picture" screams of one of two things: 1) incompatible drivers; 2) (and this is really a subset of 1) the wrong or incompatible codecs. You've probably exhausted those lines of thinking, but I figured I'd toss that out there. If you haven't gone there already, a clean, step-wise install of everything seems like it might be in order (literally starting from the OS on up.) Yes, I know that's a pain in the rear, but every now and then it has it merits. It almost seems like there's a "bit" of your old card hanging about that your new 460 doesn't like. Like I said, nothing more than a gut read...
@BWG, yeah, sometimes I get wordy...
The link to axipher's 8120 404s, so I'm guessing his WU dropped and he's now going for that higher clock.
I've never tried water cooling, but that was something of a cross between a financial thing and a time thing. I do like my Noctua, but yes, it takes up a huge amount of room, and I do honestly believe that it inhibits air flow over both the VRMs and the RAM. That said, it's still one of the best air coolers I've ever had. Like I said, this is about looking for a project and about trying to find a way to dump heat outside. I do have a window nearby, it's just not ideal for this as it faces a street. I also wonder about the efficiency of the heat transfer in the summer time here. Though it would be so nice if my office didn't turn into an oven in the summer time.
Fortunately, I don't actually own the 960T at this point, I've just been thinking about it. Your point about about getting a mobo that's Ivy compatible is well taken, but I'm still hearing confusion out there if there's going to be such a thing, I've read that Ivy is going to be 1155 compatible, but that the base chipset is going to be different, however I've also read that it'll be compatible with Z68. I think that saga will likely go on for a little while.
I did consider a closed loop system before I bought the Noctua, but ultimately decided to go with the straight up air system and maybe dabble in water later. Well later has kind of arrived, and I'm having ulterior motives (like being able to be in that room with at least one machine folding during the day in the summer.)
My avatar reminds me that I'd rather be back
on vacation. That was taken at the entrance to the Dole plantation on Oahu about 3 years ago. If I didn't keep buying computer stuff, it would probably be easier for me to take a vacation.
I'm kind of interested in what I'm going to do too. Upgrades like this always seem take me a fair amount of reading and thinking, but it's always interesting. Thanks for your thoughts and insights! I'm sure I'll be talking more about this.