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Soong
12-14-05, 01:18 AM
It took pretty much all day including the modifications I had to do to the case it self. I feel like I should be charged with a sex crime after the way I had to treat some of my hardware.

Iím very pleased so far. I have been able to achieve a stable over clock of 3.38GHz from a stock speed of 2.8GHz (P4 dual core) with no trouble at all. I am running two Folding@Home clients; one for each core of course. I will try pushing it more in the morning.

My system is quite but I have realized something. A lot of the noises I didnít like from my system before where not from all the fans. The loud ones were for sure, especially that wretched GPU fan. A regularly timed, uhmÖ groan, seems to be coming from some of the hard disks I have in the system (there are 5). I think the vibrations from all the drives kind of synch up every 15 seconds or so and kind of whine (?) itís a really hard sound to describe.

Also the Panaflow fan I got for the radiator sounds slightly off balance and makes a bit of a buzzing sound. I had a Delta tri-blade that I was going to use but didnít because it actually vibrated as it was off balance. The Delta didnít actually make any noticeable noise because of it though. I might switch back.

My temps are jumping between 36C and 38C. I bumped the memory voltage up by 0.2v because my CMOS told me to (I was surprised as well); and the CPU voltage up by ~0.02v because I was going from 3.2GHz to 3.4GHz and figured it wouldnít hurt. The CMOS reset jumper is now thoroughly nested and hard to reach, Iím thinking about rigging a toggle switch on the front of the case so I can short that jumper without opening the case and performing microsurgery in the future


Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal ( http://www.gigabyte-usa.com/Motherboard/Products/Products_GA-8I955X%20Royal.htm)
∟ Processor: Intel Pentium D 820 (http://processorfinder.intel.com/scripts/details.asp?sSpec=SL8CP&ProcFam=1039&PkgType=ALL&SysBusSpd=ALL&CorSpd=ALL)
∟ Memory: Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400 2GB Kit DDR2-800 XMS2-6400 (http://www.corsairmicro.com/corsair/products/specs/TWIN2X2048-6400.pdf)
∟ Video Card: ATi X1800 XL (http://ati.com/products/RadeonX1800/index.html)
∟ Sound Card: Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum (http://us.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=1&subcategory=208&product=14065)
∟ SCSI Controler: Adaptec 29160N (http://adaptec.com/worldwide/product/proddetail.html?sess=no&language=English+US&prodkey=ASC-29160N&cat=%2fTechnology%2fHost+Adapters%2fUltra160+SCSI+ PCI)
∟ Primary HDD: Cheetah X15 36LP (http://www.seagate.com/support/disc/specs/scsi/st336752lw.html)
∟ Secondary Storage: RAID 5 Array comprised of 4 drives (4x Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 SATA - ST3120026AS (http://seagate.com/cda/products/discsales/marketing/detail/1,1081,586,00.html))
∟ Optical Drives: Two Plextor PX-716A DVDĪR/RW CD-R/RW 6x DL DVD burner (http://plextor.com/english/products/716A.htm)
∟ Power Supply: Antec Phantom 500 (http://www.antec.com/us/productDetails.php?ProdID=24500)


Cooling
Swiftech Storm CPU Waterblock (http://www.swiftnets.com/products/storm.asp)
Danger Den Acetal MAZE4 GPU (http://dangerdenstore.com/product.php?productid=150&cat=47&page=1)
Danger Den MAZE4 Chipset Block (http://dangerdenstore.com/product.php?productid=157&cat=46&page=1)
CoolingWorks CoolRad Radiator (http://coolingworks.com/products/CoolRad12T.htm) w/ Shroud (http://www.coolingworks.com/products/mini.html)
Laing D5 pump (http://www.lainginc.com/D_Series.htm)

Thermaltake HardCano 13 (http://www.thermaltake.com/accessories/a2259hardcano13/a2259hardcano13.htm)

Folding@Home Stats (http://fah-web.stanford.edu/cgi-bin/main.py?qtype=userpage&username=Sooung) (These will look better soon.)

poogl3
12-14-05, 01:43 AM
Too bad the raid5 isn't comprised of 15000RPM cheetahs :]

NGL_BrSH
12-14-05, 10:07 AM
I did the whole Get a Scsi mobo, and a cheetah 15krpm 36 gig drive recently.. on some games in contrast to my raptor drive it added load time.. not much but a little.. So i turned around and ebayed it all after about 2 weeks of trying to find optimum settings. On video programs no doubt it was better.. but for BF2 and CSS it added 3 seconds of load time for BF2 and about a 1 second in CSS.. NOT WORTH IT
i got most of my money back and it was worth it for the 30 dolla experiment.

Otter
12-14-05, 10:20 AM
If the drive noise bugs you, you might find this useful.
http://www.silentpcreview.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Sections&file=index&req=viewarticle&artid=8&page=1

Soong
12-14-05, 01:01 PM
If the drive noise bugs you, you might find this useful.
http://www.silentpcreview.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Sections&file=index&req=viewarticle&artid=8&page=1
Thanks for the tip but I don't have enough room left to mount all my drives like that. I have a Lian-Li 7077 case, the HDD cadges already have shock absorber standoffs. The drives don't contact the metal chassis directly at any point.

Otter
12-20-05, 07:53 PM
Thanks for the tip but I don't have enough room left to mount all my drives like that.
I suppose this is out too, then.
http://members.fortunecity.com/bluehat1/sand.html