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War's watercooled Opt
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My rig

CPU: Opteron 148
GPU: X800GTO-Flashed to X800XT
RAM: 2gig G Skill DDR500

I will be documenting building my new PC as well as tracking my overclocking quest. The PC will consist of the following: AMD Opteron 148, DFI Lanparty Nforce4 Ultra-D, 2gig G. Skill DDR500<br />ATI X800GTO, WD 250gig SATA 2 Harddrive, NEC 3550 DVD RW, OCZ Modstream 520 PSU, ANTEC SLK3800B, Custom watercooling kit for CPU and GPU

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Friday, 17 March 2006
Well after the sceenshot I left it running and went to work at 0630 and it is now 1700 and it's been running all day. 10x300 is all good. I'm thinking 10x310 tonight and see if it's still alive in the morning.

Last night I was able to get my Opteron 148 up to 3.0Ghz (10x300) I ran 3dMark03 and 05 then played BF2 for 2 hours and before bed I started Prime95 and let it run for 8 hours. Here is the screenie.

Tuesday, 14 March 2006
OK, tonight I had some pretty good luck. I decided to take some time away from BF2 and spend it testing the CPU somemore. I first started out just upping the FSB. 275 is not stable for benchmarks, no matter what voltage. So I decided to go a different route. I dropped the multi to 10 upped the fsb to 300 and dropped the mem divider to 166. So what i had was 10x300=3.0 with the memory running 250Mghz=DDR500. then I upped it to 310 and got into windows ran Prime95 bench mark. After that I ran the tourture test and it froze. 320 would not load into windows at all. I think i will be adjusting the voltage alittle more as I had it at 1.5 for this run and think I can do 1.6 safely. The temps were excellent and the watercooling is paying off.

Monday, 13 March 2006
Well 2.75 is easy, 11x250 on stock V-core. 3.0 is not stable I can get into windows but benchmarks and games will lock up after a few minutes. I'm not sure where the fault is, CPU, MEM, mobo. It will stay stable at 2.9 which is not bad at all from a 2.2 chip. Though the magic 3.0 would be excellent. I'm going to try and run a divider on the ram to see if thats what is holding me back, though i think I have just reached the chips limit.

Tuesday, 07 March 2006

I would like to start by saying this build went very smoothly. The X800GTO Flashed to X800XT with no problems and clocked up to 573 on the core in ATI tool before it crashed. Running the card at 540 is not a problem. I only have one comlaint about the DFI Lan Party Ultra-D, and that is the chipset fan. It's loud, does not cool very well and it's location is horrable. I will be replacing it as soon as possible.

The one sticking point I had with building this PC on a budget was the case/power supply. I'm an Antec fan so I figured get a great case with a strong PSU included. After ordering the PERFORMANCE TX TX1050B with 500 watt PSU and it being out of stock, I went with the the SLK3800B with a 400 watt PSU. Now in between the time I ordered and the time it arrived I read alot on DFI street about how much power this DFI board requires. Everyone was saying nothing below a 480 watt PSU will do. This started me second guessing myself, so I ordered a OCZ modstream 520. The modstream is a very nice PSU which you will see in the pics however, after switching from the Antec 400 to the OCZ i noticed the voltages dropped in the BIOS from 12.01-12.04 to 11.76-11.9 on the 12 volt rail. I'm not sure if it's just the reading in the bios or what but if i fire up a 3D app the 12 volt rail drops to 11.76. The antec was solid the whole time keeping the 12 volt rail above 12. With that said I have no problems with the OCZ which leads me to belive it is a reading issue.





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