Meet Nasa~ My new rig

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  1. VenomXt

    VenomXt Blame me for the RAZR's Folding Team

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    Ok ok yes i named my new rig NASA its a inside joke hehe. Here we go

    added some recent pictures in post number 17 the rest are a few days old and show a wrong set up as i have now.

    Ok after a whole lot of sh*t My new rig is up and running. Im going to include all the info for it in this thread for right now, but will be posting in the appropriate threads for overclocking ideas.
    Here we go. Here are the parts




    Ok my gripes first then my pleasure.

    Ok first off id just like to say NVIDIA has really dropped the ball on its nforce4 with raid drivers. This was the biggest pain in my neck. I kept on getting blue screens trying to install windows with them. (i am not the only one apparently) My work around was using one of the raptors in raid (without drivers installed) and putting XP on it. Then plugging in the second drive and using the in windows tool to build the raid 0 stripping array.
    All i can say is it finally worked but this took 4 hours to figure out how to do. (im new with raid) where if it would of worked like it was suppose to, it would of taken 15 mins. It can all be blamed on the raid drivers and the nforce4 chipset.

    My second big gripe was that while my ram is supposedly badas* it came stock running at timing 3-3-3-8 and was causing windows problems. While running memtest 86+ no problems presented themselves (on second 1 gig set first was bad) i was unable to get windows booted. (installed XP with 512 problems with the dual channel gig) The ram was suppose to be running at 2-2-2-8 after a whole lot of looking around in the bios and playing with it i got it set to run at that and it seems to be doing ok. Although i will definitely need to tweak it more.

    My finale huge gripe goes to the cross flow fan. When you pay 30 bucks for a fan you don’t normally have to re-tap the holes to get the screws that they provided to work. Unfortunately this wasent the case for me. After re-drilling the holes i was able to mount the fan in the CM stacker case with 3 out of the 4 screws (motor blocks one of the holes. I hope this actually helps some stuff out but we will see looks cool anyways.

    Ok now with the bitc*ing done lets go to some pictures and some benchmarks. For right now all the pics i have are of me getting everything cabled in right and nice. When i clean up my house and such i will post the final closed case running pic hehe.

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    Here are the CPU-z screen shots. Im gona repost these in that thread that everyone else is. Im hopeing people can help me get the most out of the system with overclocking. I spent about an extra 100 on stuff in premium parts to be able to overclock.

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    My first run at the above setting in 3dmark 2005 with latest drivers in everything i ran a 4887. Which seems a bit low to me and im hoping with some over clocking of the CPU and GPU i will be able to raise it a lot.

    Ok now my impressions.

    I love the CM stacker case OMG its big and helps everything run so damn cool. With the parts i have listed i can barley hear my computer running. It really is super quiet. The loudest part of the whole system is the hardives going when they are loading up something and its a minimal decimal. This is a huge improvement over my last rig which was like a vacuum on all the time hehe.

    I havet had the chance to play a lot of games but Half life 2 runs wonderfully and so does the demo for battlefield 2 it does looks fantastic, Im gona go buy it later today probably. I will try to install doom 3 later, I really want to see what fights look like without dropping too 2 frames per sec with those damn imps. Lots more game benches and feedback will be coming.

    Overall the DFI LANPARTY i have (look above for specs) is a great board. It really is built for over clocking the BIOS is proof of this. I still have a lot to learn about most everything so I will be spending a lot of time on over clocking forums with it. My favorite thing about it so far is the fact that you can save up to 4 CMOS settings for overclocking this makes things go so much faster when you dont have to rest values for everything.

    The Zalman CPU fan needs a great big pat on the back. Im using it on its quiet mode and i cant hear it (120 mm fan) yet it seems to be keeping my cpu nice and cool in the BIOS. the ntune system monitoring utility sucks for telling me what my CPU temp is so i need to find something else. Maybe im just reading it wrong its just not easy to make out. Anyone have a suggestion for a CPU temp and GPU temp monitoring utility. Or advice on using ntune?

    My big thing for this rig is going to be overclocking. I know i will be able to get my GPU at at least 420 core (comes at 350) and my CPU at 2.6-.7 (comes at 2.2) once that is done and i have nice profiles set up for them this will be a really nice rig for gaming (it already is stock). Overall im very happy with everything frustrated here and there with the raid and the memory but other than that i love it all.

    Please feel free to ask questions or give hints and feedback. When i get sometime i will start posting other things as well.

    EDIT:pix FIXED as well as my horrible grammer in places.
     
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  2. Aprox

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    Sounds awesome man, I had a similar issue with raid in my last system took me close to 4 hours to figure it out as well. (its fun to learn though :p)
     
  3. VenomXt

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    hey aprox do you notice the diffrence between the 1 gig corsair and the 2gig? when im RMa this bad pecies back i might just keep it and run two gigs if its worht the extra 118. any ideas?
     
  4. VenomXt

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    Adding a few more pictures.

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    need to take some better ones none of these tunred out that great. Need to get a new camera too hehe.
     
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    I would really consider getting a different cooler and running your RAM in dual channel. I would check out the Arctic freezer 64 :) Dual channel really helps, esp since AMD64's LOVE good memory speeds.
     
  7. VenomXt

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    the ram is running in dual channel i think.... And the Zalman is supost to do a really good job at cooling for the low decimals it produces. Why do you think it doesnt?

    EDIT: that pic up there shows ram running in sigle channel in slots. But the cpu-z is reflecting the current set up im thinkin it is dual channel.
     
  8. zeke_mo

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    The two orange ones are the dual channel slots. I would go for the dual channel and get a diff cooler, but im sure that system in still kicking with only single channel
     
  9. VenomXt

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    yah sorry the pics show me running in single but i am very much running in dual at the moment. will update pics later tonight.
     
  10. VenomXt

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    if i add two more of identical sticks too the yellow slots as well will all of it run in dual channel mode?>
     
  11. zeke_mo

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    If you have all four the same it will be in dual channel, but Im not sure which slots are dual on that board... I cant tell just by looking at it.
     
  12. VenomXt

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    the cpu-z info above confirmes im running in dual channel mode. I know the orange are dual channel. We will see once new ram gets here... Why you not like the zalman? seems to be doing really well. Anyone have a idea about a beter cpu/gpu monitoring utility. Something that just gives me a temp in digital form? reading the manual for the ntune mayber im using it wrong
     
  13. gonaads

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    From the pic you posted of the "memory" tab of CPU-Z it shows that the Mem is running "dual channel"... Hmmmm, odd. Even though you have your mem in slots #3 and #4. Recheck the MoBo booklet to see if they are indeed in their correct slots.

    Also here's a link that gives a ton of info on tweaking all of your setting in your BIOS.

    The Definitive BIOS Optimization Guide


    It's a nice setup VenomXt, very nice.
     
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  14. zeke_mo

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    Your cooler looks like it is covering your other two RAM dimms. I dont think thats good at all :p and its getting really close to your video card
     
  15. VenomXt

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    ONCE AGAIN PICS ARE OUTDATED lol ram is IN ORANGE SLOTS will update the ram pics tonight.

    Thanks gonnads i hope you will help me tweak it. Im really looking forward to pushing it i want to be able to break 5500-6000 in 3dmark.. i dont knowif i will be able to. Thanks zeke the cooler is big but its not touching anything. the air flow in the case is really good tonight i will take some more detailed pictures so you all can see the set up better.
     
  16. VenomXt

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    Added some recent pics. They show ram in dual channel slots and they show space between zalman cpu cooler and copper heatsink for GPU cooler...

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    On a side note something appears to be up with my n tune program (used for them and voltages) showes my case temp at 96 and my CPU at 87. so i think its switched. hehe dont knwo how to fix it any ideas?
     
  17. Sazar

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    RMA the card and get a 7800 GTX :cool:
     
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  19. VenomXt

    VenomXt Blame me for the RAZR's Folding Team

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    pshh mine was 375 for god sakes that card is close to 600 hehe.
     
  20. VenomXt

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    figures though. I knew it was coming but stil.. i refuse to think that my rig is lame now lol. .... besides i can allways upgrade to this cad in 6months or so... *crys*