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    Default Buyers tip: Good OC Motherboard?

    I'm thinking about upgrading my system to a core i7 930 and a socket 1366 motherboard, Ill keep the rest of my hardware for now.

    Is X58A-UD3R a good choice and is it "easy" to overclock for a non-experienced person? I noticed the "easytune" app for it, is it reliable?
    GA-X58A-UD3R (rev. 1.0) - GIGABYTE - Product - Motherboard - Overview

    I tried overclocking with my x48-dq6t but never got a stable build on it even with help from people on this forum.

    So the new system would be (new items in red):
    core i7 930 (cooled with a corsair h50)
    GA-x58A-ud3r
    2x2 Corsair xms 3
    Zalman hp-650 (650w psu)

    What do you think?
    GA-X58A-UD3R (2.0)
    Intel i7 930 (stock atm)
    Intel X25-M G2 80GB
    Corsair H50 Cpu cooler powered by a Noctua Fan
    *Corsair XMS3 DHX 9-9-9-24
    ASUS ENGTX480/2DI/1536MD5
    Corsair 750 HX
    Fractal Design Define R2 case
    2x 750GB Samsung F1 Spinpoint in raid 0

    HTPC (WIP):
    GA-X48T-DQ6 rev 1.3 BIOS F6E
    Intel C2D E8400 (stock atm)
    Velociraptor 160GB
    Gainward HD 4870
    Zalman HP600

    *Waiting for HTPC retirement

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    Default Re: Buyers tip: Good OC Motherboard?

    Easytune should really only be used to test a setting, or check a voltage, ect. All overclocking should be done in the BIOS really.

    Since you are coming from X48 you have a little bit to learn, after P35 (Meaning P45) Gigabyte has made some huge advances in BIOS options. And the move to X58 will also be very different to you in terms of overclocking, so be sure you try to find and read a few guides before you get started.

    X58A-UD3R would be a good choice, or the UD5 if you can afford it. You will want a triple channel memory kit though, not dual.

    Also, not sure about that PSU, what GFX card do you plan on using? You may want to google that PSU with X58 or Gigabyte X58 as I know some of them had issues in the past if I remember correctly. Sorry I cannot think of it for sure as I have been gone so long, but there is a thread here somewhere with several models of PSU's that just will not work for X58

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    Default Re: Buyers tip: Good OC Motherboard?

    So then that would be another ~320usd for a new PSU and new memory eg. Corsair Dominator 3x2gb kit. Using my HD 4870, so to get a decent upgrade I'd need to upgrade to 5870, thats like 400usd more :P

    If we turn it around and see what I can do with my current spec. I started this thread http://forums.tweaktown.com/f69/x48t...43/index4.html around x-mas and got help mostly from Chike, but I can't get it stable. Chike told me about Saltys thread http://forums.tweaktown.com/f69/x48-...tml#post329535 but those doesn't work for me either. Got any tips lsd?
    GA-X58A-UD3R (2.0)
    Intel i7 930 (stock atm)
    Intel X25-M G2 80GB
    Corsair H50 Cpu cooler powered by a Noctua Fan
    *Corsair XMS3 DHX 9-9-9-24
    ASUS ENGTX480/2DI/1536MD5
    Corsair 750 HX
    Fractal Design Define R2 case
    2x 750GB Samsung F1 Spinpoint in raid 0

    HTPC (WIP):
    GA-X48T-DQ6 rev 1.3 BIOS F6E
    Intel C2D E8400 (stock atm)
    Velociraptor 160GB
    Gainward HD 4870
    Zalman HP600

    *Waiting for HTPC retirement

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    Default Re: Buyers tip: Good OC Motherboard?

    Would you recommend a i5 750 or 600-series and a P55 motherboard instead?
    GA-X58A-UD3R (2.0)
    Intel i7 930 (stock atm)
    Intel X25-M G2 80GB
    Corsair H50 Cpu cooler powered by a Noctua Fan
    *Corsair XMS3 DHX 9-9-9-24
    ASUS ENGTX480/2DI/1536MD5
    Corsair 750 HX
    Fractal Design Define R2 case
    2x 750GB Samsung F1 Spinpoint in raid 0

    HTPC (WIP):
    GA-X48T-DQ6 rev 1.3 BIOS F6E
    Intel C2D E8400 (stock atm)
    Velociraptor 160GB
    Gainward HD 4870
    Zalman HP600

    *Waiting for HTPC retirement

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    Default Re: Buyers tip: Good OC Motherboard?

    the i3 dual core chips perform better than the q6600 quads so i wouldnt rule those out either,if you get a h55 board aswell you can use the onboard graphics chip
    Gigabyte ex58-ud5 f12 bios
    Intel i7 920 d0 @3.8ghz 24/7-normal cpu voltage 1.18750v/c1e/turbo/multi threading enabled
    Ocz reaper DDR3 PC3-14400 (1800MHz) 3x2gb (OCZ3RPR1800LV6GK) 8-8-8-24-1t-@1.64v-1.3qpi
    Thermolab Baram cpu cooler
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    1xsamsung 750gb hard drive-win7 ultimate 64
    1xsamsung 750gb hard drive-windows xp pro 32
    Ati x1950 pro gpu
    Logitech X-530 5.1 Speakers
    1050w psu
    Nzxt lexa case
    http://i40.tinypic.com/2z3w377.jpg <=3.8ghz overclock template

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    Default Re: Buyers tip: Good OC Motherboard?

    Save some $ and get a 920 instead. I am using 4890 and it works fine, so your card would be good unless you HAVE to have a 5xxx card now (Otherwise wait a while for lower prices)

    That PSU may be OK, I was just suggesting you google it or look around a bit as I do know a few had issues but cannot remember which. If you want, let me know and I will try and find the thread here that reminded me. Several users with a few brands had posted in it, if I remember I will look it up tonight, otherwise remind me

    For your X48, give me your current full settings and specs again and I will see if I can help ya out. Also let me know how it is failing for you

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    The price difference between 920 and 930 is ~$10 here in Sweden.
    I'll stick to my HD 4870 for now atleast, don't really need a better GFX at the moment.

    I found this on a Swedish forum, but it only seems to affect 600hp and 750hp while I have the older 650hp so that might be fine :)

    Dear Valued Customer,

    After the release of the new P55 and X58 MBís, we have been receiving increased compatibility inquiries with Zalman 600HP and 750HP Power Supply Units. Our R&D has gone through numerous tests and communications with the motherboard companies.

    Here is a brief description of progress thus far from the beginning.

    - After the X68 and P55 based MB was released, we started to receive incompatibility inquiries with 600/750HP.
    Our R&D has verified that this issue is intermittent and not necessarily be happened in every X58 and 600/750HP
    - We have discussed with Gigabyte and received the modified Gigabytes MB Bios and uploaded on Zalman website
    - Due to no complaints with other X58 MBís, for the time being, compatibility issue was seen as ok
    - We have requested Asus to upgrade the MB Bios to fix the compatibility issue with P55 MB and 600/750HP PSU
    - Because same problem could occur when the users donít download the driver, we have improved the PSU itself
    - Recently, improved version of 600/750HP have been stocked
    - Any complaints should be handled case by case as some MB works fine
    - Apparently all P55 MBs with energy saving feature seems to have compatibility issues with other non-Zalman PSUís as well.

    As a conclusion, it has been confirmed that there is a compatibility issue with the X58 and P55 boards. It has also been confirmed that the new Zalman 600HP and 750HP PSUís built in 2010 has the issue resolved. Therefore, our current solution is to provide replacement through case by case with the updated PSUís sold in the US and Canada.

    For those living in the US and Canada, please go through the RMA process from ZalmanUSA.com. Please follow the below direction.

    1. Package your PSU but DO NOT SEAL it.
    2. Send it in through UPS GROUND and include the receipt in the box. Please include ATTN: PSU FAILURE
    3. Once the product has been received, we will reimburse you for that amount along with the new PSU.
    4. Please NOTE we cannot give you a refund.

    For those who are not in the US or Canada, please contact your retailer or place of purchase for support.

    We apologize for the inconvenience.


    Thank you.

    Zalman USA, Inc.

    http://forum.zalmanusa.com/phpbb3/u...e=view&p=53
    I'll post a spec tomorrow (at work atm), do you want the "baseline" settings, overclocked (which dosent work) or the optimized settings?

    The error I'm getting is BSOD 0x000024 (I think) whenever I overclock and run orthos. If I'm gaming with overclocking the symptom is a freeze picture and looping sounds for a few seconds then BSOD. It's not a overheat problem, the h50 keeps the cpu at max 47C even OC:ed and max load.
    Last edited by badpop; 03-19-2010 at 03:35 PM.
    GA-X58A-UD3R (2.0)
    Intel i7 930 (stock atm)
    Intel X25-M G2 80GB
    Corsair H50 Cpu cooler powered by a Noctua Fan
    *Corsair XMS3 DHX 9-9-9-24
    ASUS ENGTX480/2DI/1536MD5
    Corsair 750 HX
    Fractal Design Define R2 case
    2x 750GB Samsung F1 Spinpoint in raid 0

    HTPC (WIP):
    GA-X48T-DQ6 rev 1.3 BIOS F6E
    Intel C2D E8400 (stock atm)
    Velociraptor 160GB
    Gainward HD 4870
    Zalman HP600

    *Waiting for HTPC retirement

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    Default Re: Buyers tip: Good OC Motherboard?

    Ahh, Well that isn't much difference. I still might suggest 920 though, especially if you could buy one from a forum, you would save money that way and likely find a better chip/batch. Most of the 930 threads I have read users hated them and wanted their 920's back, so that was the main reason I said that

    It was the Zalman HP I was thinking of, finally found the thread for you. A few users chime in, with 650-750W
    http://forums.tweaktown.com/f69/cann...d-build-33310/

    From what you posted, the older PSU's are the ones with the issue. The one you have

    Sounds like you should RMA it anyway, especially if you plan to get a X58 or P55

    BSOD 0x00000124 if that is what you mean, means you need more Vtt (CPU Termination in X48)

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    Default Re: Buyers tip: Good OC Motherboard?

    Interesting read about the zalman hp supplies, I have a corsair 550w as well as backup but I doubt that will suffice to power a x58, i7 and GFX card. So a new PSU might be in order. Good advice on the 920, I'll get one of those if my OC attempts fail :)

    So if I up the Vcore (and fsb voltage?) a bit it should solve my problem? I think I ran it vcore 1,3v and +0.1v fsb and +0.1v mch
    GA-X58A-UD3R (2.0)
    Intel i7 930 (stock atm)
    Intel X25-M G2 80GB
    Corsair H50 Cpu cooler powered by a Noctua Fan
    *Corsair XMS3 DHX 9-9-9-24
    ASUS ENGTX480/2DI/1536MD5
    Corsair 750 HX
    Fractal Design Define R2 case
    2x 750GB Samsung F1 Spinpoint in raid 0

    HTPC (WIP):
    GA-X48T-DQ6 rev 1.3 BIOS F6E
    Intel C2D E8400 (stock atm)
    Velociraptor 160GB
    Gainward HD 4870
    Zalman HP600

    *Waiting for HTPC retirement

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    Default Re: Buyers tip: Good OC Motherboard?

    I'm running an overclocked i5 750 and a GTX295 of a Corsair VX550 ony my test rig, the PSU is definitely adequate. Try out the PSU finder at corsair.com, it's pretty easy to use and suprisingly doesn't recommend PSUs that are way more than what you need (but all the recommendations still have some headroom).


    Are you doing stuff like video or photo editing that you need the i7 9x0 for? Check out any review, and you'll see that in most games the i7 920 is equal to the i5 750 (both run at 2.66GHz), because triple channel memory brings almost no adavantage, nor does hyper threading, which often actually hurts game performance. Games can barely take adavantage of four threads, only a handful can use more and only those can benefit from hyperthreading on a quad core.
    You can save quite a bit of money by going with a P55 setup, you don't need a triple channel kit, no expensive X58 board, and the i5 750 is also cheaper than the i7 920/930. With the money you save and by selling your old video card you should be able to afford a 5870 and get much better gaming performance.
    The i5 600 series chips aren't good value,a s they're only dual core chips with hyper threading for four simulated cores, anything that cana ctually use four cores will perform significantly better on the i 5 750. The i6 600s are faster clocked, but if you overclock that isn't an issue since 4Ghz on the i5 750 should be easy (it is with my 750).

    If you want to keep using your current RAM kit you should check the voltage its rated for, Intel recomm


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