Turned out that my motherboard was dying and that might have been the cause of the RAM module failing a couple of weeks ago (if anyone read my previous post). I've tested the power supply and the power supply is fine. And for some reason my CPU gave up on me last week and turned out that the CPU Fan wasn't getting any power from the Mobo and that caused some serious damage to the CPU. It still works but I was getting reboots and BSODs.
Long story short I've tried to sal***e as much as I can from the old rig and all that I could hang to was the graphic card (a GTX 260), power supply (800 Watts), HDD (160 GB) and 1 Ram module (2 GB). The Mobo and the CPU and the other RAM module were toast.
So I went out this weekend and gotten the following stuff at an extremely lucrative price:
3x2GB Kingston triple channel KHX1600 @ 1600MHz, 9-9-9-27
Cooler Master V8
WD 500GB Green HDD
I was planning on getting an AMD X4 965 BE and I was finalizing the deal with the sales guy when someone walked in and asked for the 950. So one question led to another and eventually I settled on going back to Intel (although I hate myself for being a hypocrite and a sellout). I know that for my purposes a 920 or 930 would have given me the same bang for a lower price but alas I wasn't able to find any of them.
The Mobo selection was like shooting in the dark as I haven't read about it before buying it (something that I should never do but I was under shopping intoxication). It is SLI, but the box says it is CrossFire ready but I don't have the slightest clue what that might be. I don't know if it have true SLI and CrossFire or not.
The RAM modules are decent, although they are overheating and it is worrisome. I will investigate them more during the week but I think I will replace them next weekend.
The Cooler Master V8 is my first non-stock cooling device. I don't know how good it is and I hope you can give me your opinions.
I haven't upgraded the graphic card as the GTX260 is still more than enough for me until TW:S2 and Dragon Age II are released. I've found the GTX570 to be within the price range that I have in mind and in 4 months its pricing should fall.
So now here's why I have posted a new thread for a rig. I want to overclock!! I've been talking about OCing for ages with my friends but I've never had the guts to do it. With a good OCing Mobo it is at last the time for me to start.
The Mobo comes with Smart6
which allows for n00bs like meself (sic
) to overclock the CPU without actually going to the BIOS and tinkering with the values there.
While the CPU in OC, I've ran Prime95
for 12 hours (all 4 cores at 100% usage) and the temperatures for the Cores were as follows (Core num, Min temp, Max temp)
Core 1: 68C, 72C
Core 2: 65C, 68C
Core 3: 66C, 72C
Core 4: 58C, 65C
: Any idea if this OCing (thru Smart6) is as good as manual OCing?
If it is then I'll keep using it as it drove my cpu from 3.06 GHz to 3.67 GHz and will attempt manual OCing only if I needed to push the CPU beyond 4.0 GHz.
: Are these temperature ranges safe for the CPU?
I don't know if real life scenarios would drive all the cores to 100%, but I would like to be safe and to prolong the life of my system as much as possible.
: From the temperature readings, is it possible that I haven't installed the V8 fan properly? Or is it cooling the CPU as intended?
This is my first time to install a fan. EVER. But it might be also that the V8 isn't a good fan.
: With the current temperatures, is it safe to try to drive the CPU to 4.0 GHz?
: Any idea what the settings for my RAM modules should be?
: Any idea if the Mobo truly supports both SLI and Crossfire? Any idea if mixing cards from both manufacturers is possible?
: For future reference: Does PhysX give any real added value to gaming? Is it used in TW? Is it worth it to keep the GTX260 as a PhysX engine when I get a new 500 series card in a few months? Or should I forget about it and select either a Nvidia 500 or an AMD 6xxx series?
More questions will follow
Thanks for the help guys.