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CPU: $70
Cooling: $20
Mobo: $45
RAM: $50
GPU: $155
PSU: $70
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Total: $410

3dMark11 stock: P2812

3dMark11 unlocked and overclocked: P4343

Learning to overclock: priceless




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Nice !

You don't have to spend a fortune to realize preformance
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Haha, woulda been even more epic if that was a 6950 to a 6970 unlock to go along with ur Phen II unlock . nicely done man!
post #4 of 22
Got any more details on the overclock? (i.e. CPU speed, RAM speed, unlocked or not, what mobo)
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I'm so jealous. I couldn't get my 720 to unlock, no matter HOW hard I tried...
 
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
Got any more details on the overclock? (i.e. CPU speed, RAM speed, unlocked or not, what mobo)
Parts so cheap and crappy it's shameful

- CPU: AMD Phenom II 550x2 unlocked to B50x4 3.6GHZ core, 2.6GHZ nb with a multiplier overclock, and some extra juice.
- CPU Cooler is the Rosewill RCX92mm, ghetto edition, with AS5
- Mobo: Asrock 785G microatx, and it survived a lightning strike last year, only losing it's ethernet port.
- RAM is the notoriously bad OCZ Obsidians DDR3 2x2 GB (1600 CAS9 stock), although I can only keep them stable at 1333 cas7, already RMA'd this garbage once When BIOS in default settings it puts them at 1066 cas8, lol.
- GPU is the Sapphire 6850 that I caught on sale last month 1050 core 1225 memory.
- PSU is the Rosewill Libertas 650W.


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Originally Posted by onoz View Post
I'm so jealous. I couldn't get my 720 to unlock, no matter HOW hard I tried...
Mine randomly reverts back to x2 sometimes when I shut it off. I found that instead of ACC to auto, it likes Per Core and -12% 3rd and 4th core.
Edited by damric - 1/30/11 at 2:02pm
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Congrats on your unlock! When you say lightning strike, what exactly do you mean?
    
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Quote:
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- RAM is the notoriously bad OCZ Obsidians DDR3 2x2 GB (1600 CAS9 stock), although I can only keep them stable at 1333 cas7, already RMA'd this garbage once When BIOS in default settings it puts them at 1066 cas8, lol.
I've got the same RAM with the same problem. I'm pretty sure it's because it only likes the i3, i5 and i7 chips.
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Congrats on your unlock! When you say lightning strike, what exactly do you mean?
My house was hit by lightning last year. Fried my Central HVAC unit, HTDV, kids' TV, Wii, 2 cable TV boxes, Cable Modem, Router, and hit one computer tied to the router, this motherboard. Lightning laughed at my surge protection. Luckily I had insurance.
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Ah, just what I was worried about... none of the ASRock 785G boards have power phases fit to run a 125W processor, especially overclocked and running extra voltage. They're all 4+1 power phase, and they look to be of startlingly low quality. If your mosfets don't blow right away, chances are they'll degrade over time and either blow later and provide a power output to the CPU so unstable that it'll take your overclock with it and you'll have to down those clocks back to stock (speaking of which, to prevent any major disasters you really should do that now!)

If you don't have any money to swap that board, the best thing you could do is buy a ~$10 pack of mosfet heatsinks to keep within the safe zone on that board. Also, do not ever pass 1.475V. Ever.

1333 CL7 is about equal to 1600 CL9 anyway so not much to worry about. May be the C2 revision proecssor holding you back.
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