E5200 + Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L A match made in heaven?

Mulder19

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I just built a PC with this mobo and an e5200. I seem to have hit 4.0ghz(320X12.5) like cake with after market cooling. I mean I am running less than 1.4 vcore! Still tweaking for max stability, but I seem to have found my groove @ 1.38. Any body else with this setup getting these results or is my proc a fluke?
 

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Thanks. I have an absurd number of fans in this little budget case I got. 3X80mm 1X100mm. Plus, the OCZ psu also has a sizable exhaust fan. The 4850 is a toasty card, so one of those fans is situated to directly vent the cards exhaust.

I will run prime95 today to check for stability. An interesting note: Unreal 3's menu runs my CPU at 99%. Strange. More to the point, the game seems to be a solid app test for dual core CPU's as it generally runs both my cores at 90%+. Also, it is a bit more interesting to game, err. . . test with than prime. lol.

BTW. Got this proc to boot to windows at 4.2ghz, but voltage had to be markedly increased.


 

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How are you running triple monitors, with a triplehead2go digital, or analog?

I've been looking at this board and CPU for a gaming build, sure seems like the best bang for the buck. Will consider water cooling however for quiet operation. How do you find your aftermarket cooler, loud?
 

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Well, I have to make that two for the moment. I am trying to find a way to use the onboard video card to power a third display, but driver issues are crippling under XP. I am currently trying to get it to work under my Windows 7 boot instead.

I actually don't notice the CPU cooler at all. My graphics card fan is the loudest of the 5 other fans(including psu) in the case. So it is hard to say how loud it is on its own.
 

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Did you score the CPU from newegg, or another retailer that lists the stepping? I think it's recently increased in price from $59 to $69.

 

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Very impressive bro. My board is a ga-eg31m-s2 (mATX) and i need 1.3875 in bios for a prime stable 3.33 (266x12.5) so that is phenomenal!
 

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Seems like you should be able to get above 3.33ghz. . . Hmmm I see you have ddr2 800. What is your RAM multiplier? If you are not posting above 266, it might be the RAM. Not sure if/how RAM instability would affect Prime stability, especially considering that hiking the core voltage seems to have brought stability.
 

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Hey congrats on the nice chip, i had a pos e5200 that would do 4.00 ghz @ 1.45 but prime 95 stable and intel burn test stable. The worst thing was the temps. I was getting almost 68C on a 350$ water cooling kit, i know if it was the processor. The same kit is powering my q9550 @ 4.00 ghz and everything stays below 48C now!!!!!.....bad chip? bad sensor, i am using same windows, same everything i dont know.....but congrats. :)