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    Question New Build GA-EP45-DS3 + Q9550

    Ok So I just bought a GA-Ep45-DS3 at a very reasonable price and now Im thinking about what processor im going to stick on it. This system will be my daily use machine and will be encoding loads of dvds and doing a zillion things at once so I was thinking of going to QUAD core. (I Still cant afford I7 So dont bring it up) I may just get a cheap Q6600 but Im really leaning towards a Q9550 and wanted to know whats the difference between the E0 Spec and C1 of the Q9550? Its it worth getting one or the other? Im not going to overclock the guts out of this system I just want a nice stable quiet & cool running, daily use system to do my stuff on. Also what Heatsink Fans can people recommend for both the Q6600 or Q9550? Also dont suppose if anyone knows if Coarsair XMS 2 800Mhz ram would be ok on this board. Its not on the Compatability list but It wasnt on my X48-DS5's either and it rocks on it. Ok I think that is all for now.
    Lian Li PC-7F Chassis Black
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    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
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    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
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    Default Re: New Build GA-EP45-DS3 + Q9550

    Quote Originally Posted by NimrodAUS View Post
    Ok So I just bought a GA-Ep45-DS3 at a very reasonable price and now Im thinking about what processor im going to stick on it. This system will be my daily use machine and will be encoding loads of dvds and doing a zillion things at once so I was thinking of going to QUAD core. (I Still cant afford I7 So dont bring it up) I may just get a cheap Q6600 but Im really leaning towards a Q9550 and wanted to know whats the difference between the E0 Spec and C1 of the Q9550? Its it worth getting one or the other? Im not going to overclock the guts out of this system I just want a nice stable quiet & cool running, daily use system to do my stuff on. Also what Heatsink Fans can people recommend for both the Q6600 or Q9550? Also dont suppose if anyone knows if Coarsair XMS 2 800Mhz ram would be ok on this board. Its not on the Compatability list but It wasnt on my X48-DS5's either and it rocks on it. Ok I think that is all for now.
    ive got the Q9550 on standard intel heatsink, ive not overclocked it but i convert alot of my DVDs to AVI once ive ripped the VOBS to HD it takes only 15minutes! temps are pretty good using a stock cooler at idle its around 37-38 and load while converting goes up to 45degrees while using all 4 cores. id defo go for the it.

    ive only got 2 12cm fans one in front of HD and the back fan near cpu in a akasa eclipse case.

    in regards to the E0 and C1 i have no idea which one i have.

    not the best info but hope it helps someway.
    GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS5 F12 BIOS
    INTEL Q9550 2.83Ghz
    G.SKILLS 4GB PC8500 1066Mhz
    XFX 8800GTS 320MB
    COOLERMASTER REAL POWER 850W PSU
    WD 300GB VELOCIRAPTOR
    3 X 500GB SAMSUNG F1
    AKASA ECLIPSE CASE

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

    Thanks for your reply. Those temps are very good. Just for interest what sorta noise does the stock cooler make? Is it loud?
    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

    Quote Originally Posted by NimrodAUS View Post
    Thanks for your reply. Those temps are very good. Just for interest what sorta noise does the stock cooler make? Is it loud?
    i think the noise levels are pretty low, cant say for sure as ive not had any other cooler but i cant hear it and ive got a window case so thats got to be a good thing.

    im looking at aftermarket cooler once ive got it i can then compare and let you know.
    GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS5 F12 BIOS
    INTEL Q9550 2.83Ghz
    G.SKILLS 4GB PC8500 1066Mhz
    XFX 8800GTS 320MB
    COOLERMASTER REAL POWER 850W PSU
    WD 300GB VELOCIRAPTOR
    3 X 500GB SAMSUNG F1
    AKASA ECLIPSE CASE

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

    Its Ok I've made a selection. The new build will consist of the following.

    Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3 Motherboard

    Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 CPU - Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

    4gb Corsair XMS 2 800Mhz DDR2 RAM (TWIN2X4096-6400C5) - Newegg.com - CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5 - Desktop Memory

    Li Lian PC-7F Case - Newegg.com - LIAN LI PC-7F Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

    SONY AD7200SGB Black Internal SATA DVD Burner

    Noctua NH-U12P CPU Cooler - Newegg.com - Noctua NH-U12P 120mm SSO CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks

    Windows 7 X64 RC Build 7232

    1Tb Seagate 7200.11
    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

    If you can get an E0, you'll likely have (not always though) a lower VID or at least be able to get the same clock speed as a C1 with less, sometimes much less voltage. As per the E8xxx series, E0's are 9 times out of ten significantly better over clockers than the older stepping.

    If you go for a Q9650 then you're guaranteed an E0 stepping, where as with the Q9550 you could get the C1 if the seller doesn't shift much inventory. Not the end of the world, but still a disapointment IMO. You'll likely top out at 3.8Ghz with a C1 on reasonable volts, and stop at around 4GHz with a high Vcore. E0's can potentially go 4.1GHz+ with in spec voltages and LLC, depending on your luck.

    The Intel cooler is good for stock speed, and is relatively quiet. However it handles overclocks poorly. I believe the Quad core stock HSF has a copper bottom plate, like a cylinder of copper with the aluminium fins soldered to it. The cooler that came with my E7400 was just aluminium, and was painfully thin. It definitely wasn't up to the job of cooling my Q8200, with idle temps at 51c and loads of 78c. If the standard cooler you get with the quad isn't copper cored or is around 3/4 of an nch thick, it's the same as the dual core version, and I wouldn't use it.
    Coolermaster CM 690 II advance Case
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    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)
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    Default Re: New Build GA-EP45-DS3 + Q9550

    I'm all over it. Im getting a Q9550 E0 Stepping. I did a little research and found out what your saying is the case. The only thing is apparently its got slightly more relaxed cache timings which wont bother me much. Id rather less volts. I only want to overclock it a little to maybe 3.2 or 3.4 or something. As its an every day use machine im happy with less noise and less heat. Im definatly going with the Noctua NH-U12P cooler
    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

    Good choice of cooler.

    You'll likely easily get 3.6GHz with an E0 at around the VID of the chip or a little less. No more than 1.3V I'd guess. Cache timings will likely make no difference in practical terms, and the slight overclock will no doubt improve L1 and L2 cache latencies.
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    P55A-UD4 v2.0 @ F14
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    Default Re: New Build GA-EP45-DS3 + Q9550

    Yeah I wasnt too worried about an cache timing changes. Im getting excited. Do you think that ram will be ok. Any other suggestions? Or changes I should make. The gear is sitting in my Shopping cart awaiting the click.

    i got my E8500 E0 @ 3.8 on stock volts. Its good
    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

    Not sure about DS3 compatibility, but I have those modules currently in my backup PC. They did DDR-940 with 2.1V going through them, not too bad for low-mid end sticks. An even better choice would be the GSkill with the blue spreaders that grishkafool is running. They're a pretty good price, and work well in an 8GB config, which is a testiment to their quality. You'd be good with either, however the Corsair would limit your FSB to ~450MHz or so.

    Looks like a good choice pf parts. Case is nice, and a decent cooler too. HSF is perfect.

    Link to the GSkill RAM, it's 1066 too: Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Desktop Memory

    Forgot to ask: What PSU will you be using with the build?
    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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