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Well, i've had the rig in my sig for just over a year now, and its time for an upgrade!

Here's the planned upgrades:

Asus P5B Deluxe
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
CellShock DDR2 PC2-6400

I'll be switching these parts with my current mobo/cpu/ram and keeping all the other parts. Baring in mind that the 6200 is just a 'stand-in' while my 7900GT is out on RMA. Been 4 weeks now, so i should get one back pretty soon.

So yeah, now that i've been working my ass off for the last 5~6 weeks, i got enough cash to buy some really shiny upgrades!

First upgrade to aquire is the CellShock. Now the original idea was to get some DDR2 G.Skill HZ, but that stuff is so damn rare, i couldn't find any. Some have you may have seen my thread asking about if the Corsair Dominator's were any good. For those that didnt see the thread, to cut a long story short: Corsair isn't taht good, because they change the IC's too often, so your not guarenteed to get the stuff you want.

The stuff i wanted is Micron D9 IC's, as used on the G.Skill. This is why it overclocks so well.

So, after 'Boredom' pointed me to the CellShock and i dismissed it, because i hand't heard of it, i went back to the drawing board.... And then something very coincidental happened.....

The CellShock appeared on the www.overclockers.co.uk website, available for Pre-order. So, i decided to google it, and find out more about it. Seems that this RAM uses handpicked Micron D9 IC's and overclocks extremely well, even upto PC2-9000.

So ofcourse i had to snap some of it up, in fear that it might sell out fast. And here it is




Once my wages go into my bank account this Friday (1st Dec) i'll pick up the mobo and cpu
 

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Damn you and your cell shocks! >


Remember, those fella's love the voltage.
 

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I think i saw a benchmark with those cell shocks and the just owned all other ram. They were doing like ddr2 1200 @ 4cas or something crazy like that.
 

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I can't remember who, but someone did 3.1v on those sticks 0_0
 

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4 Days till mobo and CPU arrives... Then we'll see what these babies can do with an e6600 and P5B dlx. I'm thinking its gonna kickass.

It will definitely decimate my current setup.


The ICs on my CellShock are D9GMH. Some of the 'model' of RAM that i have, that are a different revision, have D9GKX. For those that don't know, D9GKX is the best of the Micron D9's, closely followed by D9GMH.

Either way, its Micron D9, and good D9's at that. This is the reason i chose this RAM, as well as the fact that some people have mad OC's from it.

I'd imagine that to get 3.1v on it you need some serious active cooling on the modules, as well as a volt mod on the mobo. Any idea what it ran at 3.1v?
 

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4 Days till mobo and CPU arrives... Then we'll see what these babies can do with an e6600 and P5B dlx. I'm thinking its gonna kickass.

It will definitely decimate my current setup.


The ICs on my CellShock are D9GMH. Some of the 'model' of RAM that i have, that are a different revision, have D9GKX. For those that don't know, D9GKX is the best of the Micron D9's, closely followed by D9GMH.

Either way, its Micron D9, and good D9's at that. This is the reason i chose this RAM, as well as the fact that some people have mad OC's from it.

I'd imagine that to get 3.1v on it you need some serious active cooling on the modules, as well as a volt mod on the mobo. Any idea what it ran at 3.1v?

Check this thread out
 

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Check this thread out


Thats the fella!
 

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You're an arse
. I wish I had a lot of money lol..

I'm stuck with GeIL value ram


I'm already planning upgrades when I save up the money.. monitor? cooling? graphics card? lol.. you'll see various threads from me when I manage to save up around £300 (probably about June
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Keep us updated on the overclockage!

Edit: yay 600 posts
 

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Check this thread out


Good god. That's insane.

Looks like you've got some great RAM there, Noxious. So, you'll be running a Core 2 with 2 gigs of amazing RAM and a 6200 TC?
 

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Hehe.... I'm hoping the 7900GT manages to get here before the other parts do.

Chillblast emailed me on thursday, to say that they'd received a replacement back from BFG, and that they would send it to me ASAP.

I doubt it will arrive at the weekened, so im hoping its here on Monday


The CPU and Mobo will be here on tuesday. I ordered it today, with 'next day delivery (mon-Fri) and the earliest selectable delivery date is the 5th. I guess they pack it up + send it out on the monday to arrive on the tuesday.

I'm really hoping that the cpu and mobo arrive without any trouble, and without being DOA. Same for the 7900.

I've already had a DOA 7900GTX, and my old 7900GT die after 7 months


I bet only like '1 in 1000' cards has the problem, and i've already had 2... So the odds are in my favour. If this new 7900GT is faulty, it'll prove that im extremely unlucky.

Oh, and if i have some extra cash after christmas, would it be better to just get another WD Caviar like i already have, and put them in RAID; or buy two 36Gb (or maybe 74Gb) Raptors?

I'd really love two 74Gb Raptors, but that'd be another £230 or so, after VAT and delivery charges.

If im lucky and my temp job becomes permanent, i'll definitely buy two raptors and maybe an X-Fi. Won't find out till after xmas though, and tbh, im not that hopeful.
 

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Haha, thats a quote i gotta keep.

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and finally get the Girl, scratch that last one get the FRAG!
Lol...

Also, if you read through that thread that gonX posted, you'll see that the guy actually damaged them at 3.4v

Now his wont boot with less than 2.4v

TBH, he could have kept the voltage alot lower if he'd used looser timings.

EDIT: Seems that when you hit 3v or higher with D9 it starts to degrade it.
EDIT: £166 For two 36Gb Raptors, so its not totally out of the question. I'm currently being taxed more then i should be, so i should get some tax back.
 

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Keep your hopes up man, pull out all the stocks get the job, get the PC, and finally get the Girl, scratch that last one get the FRAG!

lmao, sigged.

and that is some damn nice ram, your build is gonna be awesome.
 

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Hmm, ok, been doing sdme reading, and i've hit a problem.

My version of Windows is OEM. And not just any OEM version that you can buy (which effectively makes the purchaser the Original Equipment Manufacturer).

It's an OEM version from a Brand-name computer builder. This means it doesn't use the same methoed of verifying the computer is the same computer it was 'last' ran on. (Where-by upon booting the computer is 'asked' some questions. 7 must be able to return a 'yes' answer, else the computer won't let you reactivate windows.)

It uses a method tied to the OEM BIOS.

This is really nasty, as there is NO way around this. Funny thing is, i've flashed the BIOS myself, quite a while ago. Although they were BIOS from the OEM's website.

Basically, i'll try my current OEM CD with the new build. If it won't let me use it, then i won't be able to use the new parts for a few days until i can get a FULL OEM version of Windows. A Reatail version is about £200, whereas the OEM is about £55. Although the OEM version can only be bought with a critical peice of hardware such as a HDD or motherboard. Might be an excuse to buy the Raptors
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This basically just means a longer wait, and more money that i have to burn -_-

I have read that you can get it to work by NOT reformatting Windows. Merely uninstalling the mobo drivers (and thus letting the PC run on the Windows drivers) swapping the hardware, and then reinstalling the correct drivers. It's worth a shot i guess, but this would probably cause problems, unlike a totally fresh install.
 

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UPDATE:

Ok, here's my new plan of action.

I wait for another couple weeks wages, and blow that on two 36Gb Raptors and an Windows XP Home OEM CD.

OEM CD's that you can buy online are different than the kind of OEM CD i currently have, which came with a pre-built computer. OEM CDs you can buy are basically like the retail version, except they are slightly more limited in how many times you can use them.

The pre-build OEM disks however are bound to the BIOS of the motherboard they came with.

It means i have to wait another couple of weeks until i can use my new parts (boo! hiss!)

But on the otherhand, Raptors ftw!
 

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The tax man owes me £184


Been kinda farting about waiting for my tax to get sorted out, but it doesn't seem to be going anywhere.

So tomorrow morning im going to:

Call the agency im registered with: Why is it taking so long to send me the P45 i requested 2 weeks ago?

Call my current employer, and let them know the situation. Can they do anything?

Call the taxman, and tell him i want my money to buy some raptors. Maybe i can leave out the part with the raptors


I get payed a week in hand, every friday. I've clocked up 'alot' (more than usual) of hours this week, including working sunday (at time +0.5) so i should get a nice fat pay cheque next friday
 

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Ok, the Mobo and CPU have arrived!

I got the RAM already from last week.

My E6600's Batch bumber is L627A114

Am i right in thinking this makes it a 'week 27' chip? Which are the best OC'ers?

EDIT: I've just been poking around the NB HS, looking about pulling off that metal cap, and noticed that one of the push pins holding it on is broken. The top round bit and the spring where loose in the anti-static bag.

FFS......

Here's the message i've sent to Overclockers.co.uk (via their silly webnote system)

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I unpackaged the motherboard and inspected it for damage, and discovered that the Northbridge Heatsink is damaged.

One of the push pins holding it on has had the top of it snapped off, so that it does not hold the heatsink on properly.

The part snapped off the top, and the small spring were inside the Anti-static bag.

I am able to send this back to you for a replacement, but i would like YOU to pay for return shipping, as i should not have to pay £7.50 to send it back, because YOU sent me a damaged product. I would also like next day delivery for a replacement, as i should have received an undamaged board TODAY, and i don't want to wait unnecessarily.

It was NOT damaged in transport, as there isnt a single mark on the box.

 

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As long as you don't use a huge screw it'll work. My video card used to use two screws and i attached my NB cooler with screws also. * i'm talking about case screws not wood screws *
 
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