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    Dual CPU heatsink recommendation (S1366, X8DTI motherboard)

    this will be the one:
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    Dual CPU heatsink recommendation (S1366, X8DTI motherboard)

    Hi all, I'm in the process of building up my home lab and I just snagged a Supermicro X8DTI and two L5630s (40W TDP 4c/8t) on ebay for a couple hundred bucks. I plan to toss this into my big rocketfish/lianli case, but I can use some recommendations on what to use for a heatsink/fan. My goal is...
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    Rasp sucks!

    Rasp sucks!
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    Make this Christmas [H]ard to forget

    Best of luck from OCF!
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    should I upgrade 1155 to 1150?

    You won't notice a performance difference much at all. Only worth it if there are other features that you are looking for that Ivy doesn't have that Haswell supports.
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    do timings and latency matter?

    Overall (depending on your users) outside of benchmarking timings really doesn't make too much of a difference (maybe a %)
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    The board is basically just concept right now, there aren't any socket2011 cpus on the market, let alone anyone that has touched one has been under NDA with it. You will have to wait to see what comes in the next 6 months or so.
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    GTX560 Ti or 6870 for BF3

    I very highly doubt you can find many places where a GTX580 is 40+fps higher than a 6970 (an unlocked 6950). edit: I may stand corrected in terms of a handful of games that seem to be just better coded for nvidia cards, but for the most...
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    So the stock i3 2100 cooler is better than the stock i7 2600k cooler.

    I'd still say that a 1C delta isn't much to talk about. At most you can say that the two coolers are approximately equal at load temperatures. But if you put them under a load of prime95/lynx/etc I wonder if it would show more difference there? the 1C could also be down to as much as cure...
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    Just ordered a 2500k for my new build. Am I going to regret not going for the 2600k?

    I agree, unless you are doing benchmarking or heavy encoding the 2500k is the way to go. As soulsavior said, put that $100 towards the graphics card, better cooling, an ssd, etc.
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    AMD bets on Bulldozer to take back the desktop

    Perfect post right here. Completely agree with it. Bulldozer has a pretty big fight on its hands for trying to get past Sandy Bridge in the performance-crown area. AMD has always been a pretty solid bang-for-the-buck setup, but SB came and took that away with the 2500k and even the 2600k in...
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    2500k - Can't get to 4.5Ghz - Plz Help!

    Most people say going about 4.5-4.6 requires it to be turned on. Of course that is chip dependant, and also possible that you have it set on auto and it does it automatically. I generally go with enabled/disabled though to better control it.
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    GTX 580 Classified

    It's meant for people who will be strapping a GPU Pot onto it anyway, air/water really don't matter in this case.
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    I7 920 @ 4000 worth it to upgrade?

    I recently just upgraded from my 920 @ 4.0/4.2 to a 2500k because I got a good deal on it and for the benchmarking (I can get the 2500k to run at 5.2 on air for benchmarks).
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    Core i7 920 voltage question

    That's the most your board can do is 1.232 vcore? That can't be right. You should be OK to put up to around 1.4v into a chip (my 920 would sit at 4.2 no prolem with vcore at 1.375 and qpi at 1.385, but I also had stronger memory requirements with my hypers so the QPI was a bit more needed.
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    Upgrade from 2500k to 2600k?

    I can't imagine why not if you will break even (or even profit) from it. Otherwise you can get the chip and resell it for $250+ and make even more money. You won't notice much performance difference outside of benchmarks or multi-threaded apps.
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    2600k @ 4.8GHz with 1.48 vCore - Safe?

    That seems pretty high for 4.8. I can intelburntest/prime95 at 48x with 1.4v (maybe a bit less) and 46x at 1.35. You may want to tweak/play around with some settings.
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    2500k - Can't get to 4.5Ghz - Plz Help!

    The fix for you was turning on Internal PLL Overvoltage. That's a necessary step to OC and bin a chip as well :)
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    MSI's N580GTX Lightning XE 3GB Edition

    Gorgeous card, although I think I like Asus's 580 that has buttons on it for voltage/mhz increments (similar to the x58-OC from gigabyte).
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    My first DICE Experience - 56k warning

    Main goal for the project was to get some decent boints for my hwbot team. In that respect it turned out pretty well (after a weekend I went from having 36 to over 200 boints). A few things that I learned - always pretest your hardware. Know what it is generally capable of on air before...
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    My first DICE Experience - 56k warning

    Hardware Used: Koolance CPU-LN2 Rev1 (with DICE+Acetone) Gigabyte EP45-UD3R E6300+Q6600 processors 2x1GB sticks of Micron D9 (Cellshock) <insert random video card> Installing my stripped XP OS on air before taking it cold: I started off taking the motherboard (GA-EP45-UD3R Rev1) and made a...
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    what brand 6970?

    xfx double lifetime warranty
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    New i7-2600K build memory: 16GB DDR3 1866 or 1600?

    The only thing that matters with the RAM is tight timings to have a nice benchmark for SPi etc. Beyond that the speed of the RAM doesn't matter much as was mentioned.
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    Gigabuye X58A-Ud3R Questions

    I have the same board. I always just install the chipset and audio drivers (then video, etc afterwards). It has picked up the LAN for me. The HDD drivers don't really matter, except for random raid controllers (I have no problem with the raid controller on my board running 2 1TB Samsungs in...
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    50% off your order at Papa Johns

    The pizza must be different by even small location changes (I'm in Columbus) and it is definitely the best chain here $2 delivery charge, even on OSU's campus (actually free occasionally as well).
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    Hyper 212+ or Corsair H50 for new 2600k setup?

    The H50 is a decent solution but still not that much better than a standard air cooler in the scheme of things, or at least compared to most other high end air coolers. the H70 is a better solution.
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    Quad-SLI and Quad-CrossFireX Interest?

    Definitely would be interested to see it, although I think it is overkill for all but the craziest eye-finity setups or for running benchmarks for boints.
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    Help updating my drivers

    I generally recommend always getting the driver directly from either nVidia or ATI, I skip the manufacturer/brander and go right to the source.
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    Are you skipping 2500K/2600K?

    I currently have an i7 920 that OCs really well. I may consider upgrading if the 2011 series ends up being delayed a lot and I can get decent money after maxing out what I can get out of my 920, but at this point I don't have any strong reason to other than getting some boints.
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    Think intel will ever release a "K" version of the i3?

    I can't imagine any reason why they would, it is an entry-level basic design CPU. They offer two (midrange and psuedo-highend (2600k). It will be more interesting to see what we get out of the LGA2011 stuff later this year.
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    XFX Black Edition PSU Drawing!

    XFX has great customer service, and their warranties are fantastic. I love my XFX 6950 already, but I could use another XFX product to go beside it!
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    XFX Radeon HD 6990 Drawing!

    XFX has been great with their support, I love my 6950!
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    BFBC2 friends list not working?

    The system has been broken and terrible since launch. I wish they would have just made it possible to link it into Steam no matter where you buy it from.
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    Fable 3 porting done right it seems

    The game was pretty meh on 360, I don't think how much better they will make it for PC.
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    Portal 2: $49.99?

    I paid $40 and have gotten my 11 hours out of the singleplayer+coop campaigns (both completed). I'll wait to see what the mod community comes out with for map packs, but I don't think I would have spent any more than $40 on it.
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    Experiment: Do Expansion Cards Have an Effect on GPU Temperatures?

    I would generally think it would be based on the amount of heat that is output by the expansion card (not much) and the viability of pulling in fresh cool air into the cooler. It also depends on the fan setup/design of the card and if it is made to pull in air and push out the back or just...
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    Does Thermal Paste Have a "Best By" Date?

    I haven't noticed any difference between using some older TIM vs newer stuff, I have had to throw away an older vial of AS3 because it got dried out (with the cap on it)
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    6950 Owners: Was Your Unlock Successful?

    No problem at all unlocking my XFX 6950 -> 6970 (695a-cnfc)
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    Afterburner crashing my box

    May want to try removing the ATI drivers and reinstall them using driversweeper, then reinstall afterburner. I haven't had any issues using AB with my 6950 (only single card, but flashed to 6970), just that it crashes the PC because of punkbuster when I play BFBC2. In the CCC you have the...
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    Any 6950 Reference cards still available on newegg?

    You can tell if it is reference if you see the AMD logo by the part of the card that plugs into the motherboard on the PCB. Also, as stated above it has to be a 2GB card.