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Old 11-21-2008, 11:41 PM   #11 (permalink)
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socket 939 cpus are like rare... and expensive

your 4200+ is a dual core, so its probably not that bad
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Old 11-21-2008, 11:50 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I have an Arctic Cooler CPU fan. Or did you mean fans for the GPU?
Case fans.
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Old 11-21-2008, 11:59 PM   #13 (permalink)
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OK, this might be kind of a dumb question but would I experience any choppiness or framerate issues from using the monitor I showed you guys just to watch movies and stuff because of my video card?

I haven't actually gotten the monitor yet, which is why I'm asking.
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Old 11-22-2008, 01:47 AM   #14 (permalink)
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you shouldn't be having problems with video playback
have you defragged your hard drive recently?
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Old 11-22-2008, 12:08 PM   #15 (permalink)
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are you sure you are overclocking it correctly? i am quite sure a 939 chip on an nforce4 mobo will overclock more than 300 mhz.
but, you shouldnt have to go much higher to relieve any bottleneck, if there even was one.
a gtx260 would be pushing it, i'd go with an hd4850.
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Old 11-22-2008, 01:24 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I wasn't the best overclocker, but I'm fairly sure I was doing it correctly through the BIOS. My motherboard has both an automatic and manual OC feature, but I opted for the manual and tweaked the settings myself. Currently at 228 x 11 multiplier and anything above that is very unstable. Granted, I'm only using case fans but I don't think that's the problem.
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no probably not. try the auto OC and see what it does. if it doesnt get any higher than what you currently have, get back to me and i can point you in the right direction.
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Old 11-22-2008, 01:32 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Yeah, I guess I forgot to mention that the auto was my first choice. Between I believe the four different settings, the gap in performance was too big between each to see where I was OCing too much. Luckily I found a good balance in the middle at 2.5GHz and I'm running just as cool as if I don't OC at around 36C. I think my limitations to OCing is because of my cheap mobo.
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most of the time what holds back an AMD overclock are these things:
a) ram is set too high/overclocked/too tight of timings/unstable
b) HT bus is running too high (especially on a 939)
c) not enough core voltage
d) cpu multi is too high
what are your settings for each of these? i see the 11x cpu multi, so disregard that i dont need that info lol obviously
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Old 11-22-2008, 01:39 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Not sure, as I haven't checked in like over a year. I do know that I didn't touch any of the other OC settings other than the CPU Multiplier. So I think it's safe to say everything else was at default. Feel free to look up some of the stuff in my sig if you need to know their capabilities.
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