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    Default Re: New Build GA-EP45-DS3 + Q9550

    Ok Soooooo I think im going to go with the X48 board for my main machine build as I will be finally going with my RAID 1 dream and as we all know the DS3 does not have RAID. So that has made that decision easy, now to add another 1tb seagate to the shopping cart. This build is gettting more and more expensive. Power supply's are Gigabyte ODIN GT 800Watt and Thermaltake TR2 RX 550Watt.
    Last edited by NimrodAUS; 07-04-2009 at 10:07 PM. Reason: Corrected Thermaltake PSU Model
    Lian Li PC-7F Chassis Black
    Gigabyte GA-X48-DS5 MB (Rev. 1.1 BIOS v.F8c)
    Gigabyte ODIN GT 800Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Quad Q9550 E0 @ 3.4Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Noctua NH-U12P + AS5
    G.Skill 2X2GB F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
    2 X ATI Radeon HD4850 512MB (Crossfired)
    Dell Ultrasharp 2209WA IPS
    2 X 1TB Seagate 7200.11 in RAID 1
    Pioneer DVR216 SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
    ------------------------------------------------
    Gigabyte Poseidon Chassis
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3 (Rev. 1.0 BIOS v.F9)
    ASUS Artic Square CPU Cooling with AS5
    Thermaltake TR2 RX 550Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Duo E8500 E0 @ 3.8Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Corsair 2 X 2Gb XMS2 PC6400C5 DDR2
    NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT 512MB
    1 X Seagate 1TB 7200.12 + Seagate 750GB 7211.11
    Sony SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
    ------------------------------------------------

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    Default Re: New Build GA-EP45-DS3 + Q9550

    The gigabyte Odin is by all accounts a sweet PSU. I would use it in your Quad, at least while trying to find its limits. I'm sceptical on the value of being able to adjust the rail voltages, but from the look of the modular connectors and the tell tale sign of the hard wired cables not being sleeved all the way into the PSU I think it's a CWT unit, which is an excellent sign if that's the case. I'm about to read the AnandTech review of it. My curiosity was peaked when I read it in your sig earlier. Hopefully AnandTech have pulled the unit apart, and taken some photo's. The boards inside are usually silk printed with the OEM.
    Coolermaster CM 690 II advance Case
    Corsair HX750 (CWT, 91%(80+ Gold rated @230V) single 62A 12V rail
    P55A-UD4 v2.0 @ F14
    Core i5 760 @ 20 x 201, 4.02GHz
    TRUE Black with a single Noctua NF-P12 pumping out 55 CFM @ 19db .
    2 x 2GB Mushkin Ridgeback (996902), @ 7-10-8-27, 2010-DDR, 1.66v
    2 x Gigabyte GTX 460 1024MB in SLI (Pre OC'd to 715MHz core and 1800MHz VRAM) @ 850 Core / 4100 Mem.
    Intel X25-M Boot Drive (OS and Programs) 200MB/s Read & 90MB/s Write
    Corsair X32 200MB/s Read & 100MB/s Write
    WD Caviar Blue 640GB C (Steam, Games, Storage, Temp Files & Folders, etc)
    Samsung F3 500GB Backup/Images
    Noctua 1300RPM 19dB case fan (rear extraction)
    3 x 140 MM Coolermaster LED fans (one front intake, one top extraction, one side intake)
    Dell Ultra Sharp 2209WAf E-IPS @ 1680x1050

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    Default Re: New Build GA-EP45-DS3 + Q9550

    I would use the ODIN on the quad as I know the Thermaltake works fine with my E8500 on the X48 with the 4850 no worries.

    I did see that post by LSDMEASAP and that may be a last resort. It think it wil be ok.
    Lian Li PC-7F Chassis Black
    Gigabyte GA-X48-DS5 MB (Rev. 1.1 BIOS v.F8c)
    Gigabyte ODIN GT 800Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Quad Q9550 E0 @ 3.4Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Noctua NH-U12P + AS5
    G.Skill 2X2GB F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
    2 X ATI Radeon HD4850 512MB (Crossfired)
    Dell Ultrasharp 2209WA IPS
    2 X 1TB Seagate 7200.11 in RAID 1
    Pioneer DVR216 SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
    ------------------------------------------------
    Gigabyte Poseidon Chassis
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3 (Rev. 1.0 BIOS v.F9)
    ASUS Artic Square CPU Cooling with AS5
    Thermaltake TR2 RX 550Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Duo E8500 E0 @ 3.8Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Corsair 2 X 2Gb XMS2 PC6400C5 DDR2
    NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT 512MB
    1 X Seagate 1TB 7200.12 + Seagate 750GB 7211.11
    Sony SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
    ------------------------------------------------

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    Default Re: New Build GA-EP45-DS3 + Q9550

    Ok Ordered another Seagate ST31000333AS 7200.11 HDD to make my RAID 1 for my new build. About RAID does both HDD have to have the same Firmware? I'll definatly give the G Skill 1066 RAM a try. Hopefully Ill have the bits for the weekend. Hmm with your comment on the ODIN, its a decent PSU and Farking Quiet. The software controlling side of it is Pft. I wouldnt mess with the volts and it was only pure luck that I found out the issue with my first one, when I installed the software as soon as I ran it there was an alarm flashing on the 5v rail because it was like 4v and thats why My HDD was being gay. The replacement goes good. Im sure the hard wired cables have sleaving all the way to the PSU but I will double check when I pull the computers down for a rebuild and shuffle. I did research everything before I by and it got good reviews. Its the ODIN GTso yeah check it out. let me know what you find or give me the link cause I wouldnt mine looking inside the easy way. lol

    I found the review at AnandTech AnandTech: Gigabyte's New Odin GT 800W Power Supply And you are right it was made by CWT
    Last edited by NimrodAUS; 07-01-2009 at 07:04 PM.
    Lian Li PC-7F Chassis Black
    Gigabyte GA-X48-DS5 MB (Rev. 1.1 BIOS v.F8c)
    Gigabyte ODIN GT 800Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Quad Q9550 E0 @ 3.4Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Noctua NH-U12P + AS5
    G.Skill 2X2GB F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
    2 X ATI Radeon HD4850 512MB (Crossfired)
    Dell Ultrasharp 2209WA IPS
    2 X 1TB Seagate 7200.11 in RAID 1
    Pioneer DVR216 SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
    ------------------------------------------------
    Gigabyte Poseidon Chassis
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3 (Rev. 1.0 BIOS v.F9)
    ASUS Artic Square CPU Cooling with AS5
    Thermaltake TR2 RX 550Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Duo E8500 E0 @ 3.8Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Corsair 2 X 2Gb XMS2 PC6400C5 DDR2
    NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT 512MB
    1 X Seagate 1TB 7200.12 + Seagate 750GB 7211.11
    Sony SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
    ------------------------------------------------

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    Default Re: New Build GA-EP45-DS3 + Q9550

    It sounds like a good solid PSU. They found nothing to rave about, either exceptionally good or bad, so as long as it supplies good stable power (and ut does) then I call it good.

    As long as the drive model and capacity is the same, you shouldn't have any issues with RAID if the two drives have different firmware. My RAID 0 on my old NForce4 X2 3800+ used two WD2000JS Caviar SE's. One came with the PC and the other was bought from OCUK. The newer one had a more recent firmware and NCQ support, but they worked fine together, never had a problem. I disabled NCQ on the one drive in windows to be sure.
    Coolermaster CM 690 II advance Case
    Corsair HX750 (CWT, 91%(80+ Gold rated @230V) single 62A 12V rail
    P55A-UD4 v2.0 @ F14
    Core i5 760 @ 20 x 201, 4.02GHz
    TRUE Black with a single Noctua NF-P12 pumping out 55 CFM @ 19db .
    2 x 2GB Mushkin Ridgeback (996902), @ 7-10-8-27, 2010-DDR, 1.66v
    2 x Gigabyte GTX 460 1024MB in SLI (Pre OC'd to 715MHz core and 1800MHz VRAM) @ 850 Core / 4100 Mem.
    Intel X25-M Boot Drive (OS and Programs) 200MB/s Read & 90MB/s Write
    Corsair X32 200MB/s Read & 100MB/s Write
    WD Caviar Blue 640GB C (Steam, Games, Storage, Temp Files & Folders, etc)
    Samsung F3 500GB Backup/Images
    Noctua 1300RPM 19dB case fan (rear extraction)
    3 x 140 MM Coolermaster LED fans (one front intake, one top extraction, one side intake)
    Dell Ultra Sharp 2209WAf E-IPS @ 1680x1050

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    Default Re: New Build GA-EP45-DS3 + Q9550

    Yeah I read the review. I have also found some information that suggest that the first batch of them were a little poor. Id say that they may have had one of these because the first one I had was like that with the voltage dropping off, but the replacement is sweet. Ill never load it up 100% anyway probabl bearly half? Its going good.
    UPDATE**
    Intel Core 2 Quad 9550 E0 Stepping is On its way as well as the G'Skill 8500 GS-F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK and all the other goodies I mentioned. Yeah!!

    I'm going to do a full re build of both computers. Its going to be the Li Lian Case with the X48-DS5 + Q9550 + NH-U12P + G'Skill 8500 4gb + ODIN GT + Hmmmm 8800GT?? + 2X1tb 7200.11 HDD + Sony SATA DVD Burner. the other machine will be the Gigabyte Poeidon Case + EP45-DS3 + E8500 + Thermaltake TR2 RX 550 + Corsair XMS2 800Mhz 4GB + ASUS Artic Squar And the remaining HDD + HD4850??
    Last edited by NimrodAUS; 07-04-2009 at 10:08 PM.
    Lian Li PC-7F Chassis Black
    Gigabyte GA-X48-DS5 MB (Rev. 1.1 BIOS v.F8c)
    Gigabyte ODIN GT 800Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Quad Q9550 E0 @ 3.4Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Noctua NH-U12P + AS5
    G.Skill 2X2GB F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
    2 X ATI Radeon HD4850 512MB (Crossfired)
    Dell Ultrasharp 2209WA IPS
    2 X 1TB Seagate 7200.11 in RAID 1
    Pioneer DVR216 SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
    ------------------------------------------------
    Gigabyte Poseidon Chassis
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3 (Rev. 1.0 BIOS v.F9)
    ASUS Artic Square CPU Cooling with AS5
    Thermaltake TR2 RX 550Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Duo E8500 E0 @ 3.8Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Corsair 2 X 2Gb XMS2 PC6400C5 DDR2
    NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT 512MB
    1 X Seagate 1TB 7200.12 + Seagate 750GB 7211.11
    Sony SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
    ------------------------------------------------

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    Default Re: New Build GA-EP45-DS3 + Q9550

    Nice one.

    Yep, your PC with a 4GHz quad should draw no more than 400-450W sustained, meaning you PSU should stay cool and quiet.

    You should get up and running just in time for Street Fighter IV. Not sure when it's released in Aus, but it's out in the UK Friday. Got mine from WHSmith, 17, bargain! (Preorder).
    Coolermaster CM 690 II advance Case
    Corsair HX750 (CWT, 91%(80+ Gold rated @230V) single 62A 12V rail
    P55A-UD4 v2.0 @ F14
    Core i5 760 @ 20 x 201, 4.02GHz
    TRUE Black with a single Noctua NF-P12 pumping out 55 CFM @ 19db .
    2 x 2GB Mushkin Ridgeback (996902), @ 7-10-8-27, 2010-DDR, 1.66v
    2 x Gigabyte GTX 460 1024MB in SLI (Pre OC'd to 715MHz core and 1800MHz VRAM) @ 850 Core / 4100 Mem.
    Intel X25-M Boot Drive (OS and Programs) 200MB/s Read & 90MB/s Write
    Corsair X32 200MB/s Read & 100MB/s Write
    WD Caviar Blue 640GB C (Steam, Games, Storage, Temp Files & Folders, etc)
    Samsung F3 500GB Backup/Images
    Noctua 1300RPM 19dB case fan (rear extraction)
    3 x 140 MM Coolermaster LED fans (one front intake, one top extraction, one side intake)
    Dell Ultra Sharp 2209WAf E-IPS @ 1680x1050

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    Default Re: New Build GA-EP45-DS3 + Q9550

    LOL Your keen to get me to 4Ghz arent you. lol. We'll see.
    Lian Li PC-7F Chassis Black
    Gigabyte GA-X48-DS5 MB (Rev. 1.1 BIOS v.F8c)
    Gigabyte ODIN GT 800Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Quad Q9550 E0 @ 3.4Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Noctua NH-U12P + AS5
    G.Skill 2X2GB F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
    2 X ATI Radeon HD4850 512MB (Crossfired)
    Dell Ultrasharp 2209WA IPS
    2 X 1TB Seagate 7200.11 in RAID 1
    Pioneer DVR216 SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
    ------------------------------------------------
    Gigabyte Poseidon Chassis
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3 (Rev. 1.0 BIOS v.F9)
    ASUS Artic Square CPU Cooling with AS5
    Thermaltake TR2 RX 550Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Duo E8500 E0 @ 3.8Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Corsair 2 X 2Gb XMS2 PC6400C5 DDR2
    NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT 512MB
    1 X Seagate 1TB 7200.12 + Seagate 750GB 7211.11
    Sony SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
    ------------------------------------------------

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    Default Re: New Build GA-EP45-DS3 + Q9550

    Absolutely.

    If it can be done on good voltages and temps, then why not go for it? You'll I;m sure be using the machine for at least a year, maybe two, and a 4GHz clock will extend the useful life of the PC no end. You can always drop down to something slower after you get 4GHz or more stable, then when you feel the PC is slower than you'd want, crank it up. That way, it's like getting a free upgrade.

    I don't think I'd have used my X2 3800 for as long as I did without over clocking, so it literally saved me money, by not upgrading as soon. Over 2 years of abuse and 1.6Vcore and it's still alive. Really sparked my interest in oveclocking too.

    Keep it safe though. Unless you can afford to replace the CPU, get your max OC then drop back if you're a little nervous with Volts and temps. As said, when it gets slow, you won't care much about pushing it. With depreciation the way it is, todays $300/200 CPU is in the bin within 3 years, sadly.
    Coolermaster CM 690 II advance Case
    Corsair HX750 (CWT, 91%(80+ Gold rated @230V) single 62A 12V rail
    P55A-UD4 v2.0 @ F14
    Core i5 760 @ 20 x 201, 4.02GHz
    TRUE Black with a single Noctua NF-P12 pumping out 55 CFM @ 19db .
    2 x 2GB Mushkin Ridgeback (996902), @ 7-10-8-27, 2010-DDR, 1.66v
    2 x Gigabyte GTX 460 1024MB in SLI (Pre OC'd to 715MHz core and 1800MHz VRAM) @ 850 Core / 4100 Mem.
    Intel X25-M Boot Drive (OS and Programs) 200MB/s Read & 90MB/s Write
    Corsair X32 200MB/s Read & 100MB/s Write
    WD Caviar Blue 640GB C (Steam, Games, Storage, Temp Files & Folders, etc)
    Samsung F3 500GB Backup/Images
    Noctua 1300RPM 19dB case fan (rear extraction)
    3 x 140 MM Coolermaster LED fans (one front intake, one top extraction, one side intake)
    Dell Ultra Sharp 2209WAf E-IPS @ 1680x1050

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    Default Re: New Build GA-EP45-DS3 + Q9550

    Your right. But Hey Ive been using a Pentium D 950 For the last 3 years with 3gb or ram on 32bit vista so when I make the move to Windows 7 64bit with this quad core it will be screaming in comparision. I have been using the E8500 for my gaming rig. and its screams compared to the D so yeah. Ill see if I can get it to 4ghz take a bunch of screen shots and then back it down to probably 3.6 or something nice and safe.
    Lian Li PC-7F Chassis Black
    Gigabyte GA-X48-DS5 MB (Rev. 1.1 BIOS v.F8c)
    Gigabyte ODIN GT 800Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Quad Q9550 E0 @ 3.4Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Noctua NH-U12P + AS5
    G.Skill 2X2GB F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
    2 X ATI Radeon HD4850 512MB (Crossfired)
    Dell Ultrasharp 2209WA IPS
    2 X 1TB Seagate 7200.11 in RAID 1
    Pioneer DVR216 SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
    ------------------------------------------------
    Gigabyte Poseidon Chassis
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3 (Rev. 1.0 BIOS v.F9)
    ASUS Artic Square CPU Cooling with AS5
    Thermaltake TR2 RX 550Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Duo E8500 E0 @ 3.8Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Corsair 2 X 2Gb XMS2 PC6400C5 DDR2
    NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT 512MB
    1 X Seagate 1TB 7200.12 + Seagate 750GB 7211.11
    Sony SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
    ------------------------------------------------

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