The Dark Forces project

Discussion in 'Tech' started by Lazaredz, Nov 26, 2006.

  1. Lazaredz

    Lazaredz Conspiracy of One

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    And we are LIVE:

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    Wiring needs a little tweak here and there but I think this is pretty much it. I do have an 8-pin extension coming later this week so that cord SHOULD end up going up to the right with the rest and then come across the top and drop.

    Initial testing shows:

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    Not sure how those numbers compair but I'm pretty happy so far.

    More testing and touchups to come!!!

    P.S. anyone got a good program for monitoring temps CORRECTLY. nvmonitor and speedfan are crap (IMO). I need a GOOD CPU and MCP temp monitor I can use in windows.
  2. WoodButcher

    WoodButcher just me

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    3.6,,,,, sweet dude,
    Try PCWizard, download the zip into a new folder and extract into that. It is a "stand alone" like CPUz but it creates about 12 related files so if to don't like it toss the whole file. If you check my threads you'll see it. I get some strange results for the vid card but the rest is good. It also monitors the hard drives and gives you system info w/ benchmarks like sisoft sandra.
  3. El_Presidente_Pufferfish

    El_Presidente_Pufferfish I grew up here

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    where's the star wars!
  4. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    That's a hell of an overclock dude, congrats! I'll overclock my Conroe 6400 when it arrives, but I have no delusions that I'll get anywhere near that fast. Probably 3ghz or so with air cooling.
  5. Lazaredz

    Lazaredz Conspiracy of One

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    I've had to back down on the OC just a bit. 3600 just wasn't stable even with voltage boosts. I'm currently running at 3488 (1550 FSB) with my mem at 775 (rated for 800). I was able to drop the voltages down with this also, so the Vcore is 1.425. I'm doing stablility tests but so far SuperPi to 8M and 3dMark06 have run through with no problems.

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  6. Lazaredz

    Lazaredz Conspiracy of One

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    And the 8800GTX seems to be happy at 650/1000. Which brings us:

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    Temp testing and long term stability testing to come.

    I was thinking of running 2 instances of prime 95 running while having 3dmark do the first GPU test in a loop. Anyone have any better ideas???
  7. Lazaredz

    Lazaredz Conspiracy of One

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    This is still with an open case, but I'm sure I'm rock solid with the numbers in the sig now. I've run P95 x2 for 8 hours+, played several hours of HL2 and FEAR with no problems, and one final stress tortures gives us some Tmax numbers of: (Temp in the room is 22C roughly)

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    Of note, these showed up today:

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    Little bit of wiring to be done, pics to come and I might even close the case!!!

    Oh, and Idle temps 10 minutes later:

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  8. Lazaredz

    Lazaredz Conspiracy of One

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    LIGHTS, WATER, ACTION!!!!!!

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    More to come (and a little more wire management.)
  9. Lazaredz

    Lazaredz Conspiracy of One

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    Some temps with the case sealed. No real differance. I'm going to be doing some experiments stopping and pulling some fans to evaluate for noise and temps differances.

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    Temps stayed the same for 15 minutes

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    When they leveled off for 15 minutes.
  10. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    That's a bitchin project. Well done Redz. You still going with a mural on the case? Have you found any design that suits your fancy?
  11. MSP

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    If it were me I probably wouldn't add a thing. It looks great!
  12. Lazaredz

    Lazaredz Conspiracy of One

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    Yeah, I found some stuff over at SimonZ's Home Page - Star Wars Wallpapers, Posters, Cover Designs

    The guy does AMAZING work and I have emailed him to see if he would be willing to help me out, but I haven't heard back from him yet.

    If not I have some stuff from there and stills from the DVDs that Moving Target is going to help me out with to see if we can come up with anything.

    I WILL be adding a imperial sigal over the window at the very least, but I expect to cover the front and other side as well with a bit. Also starting to look on Ebay for the old Micro Machines Star Wars vehicles to add some inside (at the very least a Death Star hanging from fishing wire in the middle) :)

    Also, I think I'm going to get some higher feet and mount another 12 inch red CC tube UNDER the case. I got the acrylic LED feet, but didn't like how they worked out, so since I still have 1 spot left on an inverter, I figured I'd give this a shot.
  13. MSP

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    Just remember to stop when it's finished. You will reach a point where more will not be better!
  14. WoodButcher

    WoodButcher just me

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  15. Mr. Ali

    Mr. Ali Junior Member

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    humm, im thinking my 9700pro wont cut it to run that test.
  16. Lazaredz

    Lazaredz Conspiracy of One

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    Very true MSP. I'm still mulling over the artwork and the bottom light is the last one. I MAY put some sort of LED readout in one of the empty bays at some point if I end up putting thermal probes under all my blocks.

    Butch, yeah its pretty good for heat generation and stability testing in combination with P95. I figure I'll also give 3Dmark06 a huge loop and run a P95 instance with it also. Maybe try the ATItool corruption scanner at the same time to see what happens.

    I did some finetuning and was able to get 3.6 solid so:


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    The secret was to bump the SPP to 1.55. Have not had any issues since then. I could probably bump the CPU even more now (with some added voltage) but I'm VERY happy with my results and am starting to hit my acceptable limit on heat.

    I'll play with this for a couple of days and if no issues, then back to working on the 8800GTX overclock. I think if I can find a way to up the voltage, I will be able to get some SICK overclocks with it.

    NOTE:

    nvappfilter.dll (or nvidias firewall) was cause HUGE issues on my machine. Specificily with utorrent but I also suspect it was involved with some other lockups I had. Anyway I did some research and I am not the only person having a problem. Best answer I found (for now) was to uninstall the nvidia control panel and wipe it from my system (crap cleaner/driver cleaner). Unfortunately this also disables the optimizaitons they put into the ethernet port (first packet and such) but at least its stable.

    I'll probably try to get the control panel loaded back on the system again once I'm SURE about stability (plus it gives nvidia/evga time to sort a few issues out).
  17. Lazaredz

    Lazaredz Conspiracy of One

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    UPDATE:

    Finally got some time to do some testing of voltages, heat, fans ,etc. What I came up with is that I do not need the front intake fan, the lower chamber fan, nor the rear exhaust fan. I took the intake and bottom fan out and simply unplugged the rear exhaust. I'll take that out later as it is a REAL pain in the ass to do with my rad standoffs. I'm trying to figure out what to put in its place as a hole would just look bad. That leaves my top exhaust fan as the only fan in the case functioning. The only downside I have seen to this is an increase in my HD temps. now they idle at 42C instead of 34C. I can live with that. The noise reduction however is stunning. I thought this thing was quiet before, now its vitually silent.

    While I was doing this I decided to work on some more cabling. Removing the bottom chamber fan allowed for MUCH better management as I could access my hard drives directly from the PSU, instead of up into the main chamber and then back down again. I also moved most of my power cables into the hard drive area before coming up out of the bottom chamber. This allowed for better hiding of extra cable (between the hard drives) and a direct shot up to where they needed to be instead of across the bottom (and in front of the window as before). The 8-pin motherboard cable (what is that called anyway? It was a 4 pin one on my P4 2.4C board) has always been an issue. With the case and motherboard layout I had bought and extender before. This time I decided to try something different. The single cable I have left coming from the center whole now goes UNDER the soundcard and 8800GTX, right between the backplate and the begining of the slot. It worked out REALLY great for me. Also I wasn't really happy with my previous sleaving job, so I bought 1/2" and 1/4" ID black vinyl tubing from Lowes (I HATE HOME DEPOT!) and used that to sleave my fan header wires and USB/Firewire/power switch wires. Personally I think it looks GREAT with the black/red Star Wars theme I'm going for.

    I also decided that I HATED the lighted case feet I bought. They didn't really work well and my case slid around on them WAY to easily. So I went in search of soft rubber/silicon replacements. I couldn't find any, but I did find these rubbery foam table leg pads that would work. They were to thin though, so I bought 16 of them (2 packs) and stacked them 4 high to get the height I needed. The reason I needed more height was because I put a red 12" CCL on the bottom of the case (same make/model that runs across my window). I need to go back and sleeve the wiring for that too (will require drilling a large hole in the bottom of the case, hence not doing it now) but it looks pretty good.

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    The artwork is still pending SOMEBODY getting off his duff and getting back to me (HINT!!!) but its coming along.

    Anywho, there it is. If anyone can find me a Star Wars themed 120mm fan grill, PM ME!!!!
  18. Electric_Head

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    Nice! I want to build a new machine so bad.
  19. tex

    tex jive turkey

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    i just saw this thread - i have a crapload of those micromachines. a few TIEs. i have the big diecast xwing (2in long i think) and a bunch of other shit. its at my house in houston, but i can get my mother to ship it...
  20. MSP

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    So what was the final core voltage for your CPU?
  21. jake

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    Man that looks great. I wish I could afford to redu my system right now, but being winter all my spare cash goes to snowboarding gear and lift tickets.
    Good work mang!
  22. Lazaredz

    Lazaredz Conspiracy of One

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    Final ACTUAL vCore is 1.48. Tried everything I could think of to lower it, but if I want 3.6, its gonna cost 1.48.
  23. Torx

    Torx Indigenous Nudist

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    damn thats a badass setup you got man!
    and damn at the oc!

    did you put the little led things on? looked like screw on feet for the case...
  24. MSP

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    I may shoot a little higher to hit 3.0-3.2ghz. I'm sitting at 2.8ghz with my 6400 right now at 1.36v. I dunno, I really don't need any extra horsepower at this point... :-k
  25. Lazaredz

    Lazaredz Conspiracy of One

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    By little LED things I think you mean the LED feet I got originally. No, I didn't use them. They never worked right and they allowed my case to slide WAY to easily. I ended up with some Lowes rubber/foam feet I put together and then placing a 12" CCT on the bottom.


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