Update on the rig,
After a bit more tweaking on the ram I haven't had any crashes. Running both the cpu/ram FSB @ 410, the X5470 is happy at 1.394v and the ram at 2.125v.
I tried Windows 10. Version 1803 would install, 1809 wouldn't install or update however I couldn't figure out the cause. It ran OK, but I did notice some odd behavior such as when hardware had to be detected programs would take a long time to do so (system info, Firestrike, ect). For now I went back to Windows 7.
Gaming seems to be very much hit or miss at 1080p. GPU bound games seem to run no problem (ex Doom). Nier Automata seems to show long load times and dropped textures. So far I've only been trying the games that land in my Steam/Gog library- not really going out of my way. I do have a 1440p monitor on my main rig I may try later, perhaps the stress moving to the GPU may help some of the more problematic games.
Case: Corsair Air 540. As far as cube cases, 2nd only to the now deduct Caselabs Mercuy imo.
PSU: EVGA Supernova 750 G2 + sleeved cables. "Hand me down" from the main rig.
Fans: 1x140mm, 5x 120mm Corsair SP green fans (non PWM). Now that RGB is all the rage I was able to pick these up near next to nothing. That said a bit loud full blast for my taste.
CPU: X5470 @ 4.1ghz 24/7. Limiting ram/unsync helps but the goal for this rig is maximum 24/7 performance all around.
Motherboard: EVGA 790i FTW. Pretty much stock except the 40mm painted noctua fan as a chipset cooler.
Cooler: H100i V2. I had this laying around. I think I would of preferred the Swiftech H240, but at a mild 4.1ghz OC any decent cooler would work.
GPU: Zotac GTX 1080 AMP. SLI did work but gaming either didn't benefit or would shutter terribly. I thought about moving to a GTX 1080TI as this may be the "best" card for this board ever, but I got the pair of 1080's cheap/ upgrading to the TI would be ~$200-$300 + may not see any actual improvements. May in 5-6 years...
SSD1/2: 1x SYBA SI-PEX40129 with 1x 256gb 950pro (os drive) with 1x 512gb 970pro (programs). I tried the Highpoint SSD1701A, but couldn't get the board to post. The 950 pro boots in ACHI, then works at NVME speeds when the driver loads in windows. I couldn't install direct, but I could migrate an image using Samsung's migration tool (install initially to the sata raid).
SSD3/4: 2x 240gb Sandisk SSD 3D raid 0. Not as good performance as on something like the P45 chipset, but plenty for games.
USB 3: Currently using a no-name PCIEx4 card from ebay. Performance isn't bad. Not a needed addition, but nice to have the options. I need a faster USB drive to know how bad the 1.1x PCIE slot is truly limiting the USB3 card.
Sound: Xonar DG PCI. I did have my older Soundlbaster Z card in the 1x slot, but sound would drop in/out. The PCI card seems to have no issues (I did supect this was the reason Win10 1809 wouldn't go, but in the end this wasn't the issue.)
Acrylic work: Kustom Akrylics lightbox, Jmmods GPU supports, Coldzero GPU backplate. To date I'm pleased with all 3, however Coldzero's lightbox seems to be of a better design (I have another 540 project I'm working on).
I'm thinking of the Corsair RGB cooler/ Thermaltake Pacific ram RGB for the ram. Won't add performance but I do get a kick of how all the green leds come together.
Intel Xeon E5-1680 V2
RAMPAGE IV EXTREME
G.skill trident 2133 64gb
Samsung 840 Pro
EVGA G2 Supernova 750w
WASD Green switches
G502 Proteus Core logitech
Klipsch Promedia 2.1
Superlux HD 681 Headphones
EVGA 790I FTW
Patriot Viper pvs34g2000llkn
Samsung 950 Pro
Sandisk 3D SSD
EVGA G2 Supernova 750w
Kingston 240GB SSD
Cooler Master 130 Elite
TCL 55S405 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV (2017 Model)
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