IronValoR

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Hi all , just joined and need some good
advice from you seasoned overclockers
kinda new at this ..

first my rig specs:

i7 940 @ 2.9 (for now)
P6T mboard w/3Gb 10666 stock
GTX280 1Gb (no sli yet)
1k watt toughpower
Asetek CPU Liq Cooling

ofcourse the first thing i did was install
Crysis to see what gives from stock.
highest settings w/ AAx2 and was very pleased with
the overall performance, but honestly wasn't silky
smooth 100% not complaining at all.. drooling yes..
i know this ram is on the low end here, and will upgrade after
my wallet recovers.

so my question: with this stock ...is there, and were is the
bottle neck going on here? and apart from overclocking what
must happen first, add another card for SLI , or upgrade ram?
once i get some cheese i can pick and choose between these
just wondering what to go for next..

any and all advice is greatful!:)

thanks,
IronValoR
 

antiacid

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a 920 goes up to 4-4.2ghz so a 940 should do 4ghz too. Also, what resolution are you playing at? If it's fairly big, then go for a 2nd gtx280. 6 gig of ram could be a decent upgrade as well if you get 3x2gig of some fast ram.
 

IronValoR

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antiacid,


Thanks so much for taking the time to reply,

i am using a 40" samsung LCD, rez @ 1920x1080,
which does push things on a 40" i know.. but i
do drop it alittle to help performance if needed..
i was only getting around 45fps on
flight sim 04' , but 'everything' at max.

i certainly want to have sli, but nvidia is going to
to release GTX285, GTX290 GPU's here in a bit.. so that
will drive the 280 down in price before long... i was thinking
of kicking the ram up first.. what would benefit most from a
ram upgrade? the CPU or GPU?

sorry to say but im completely new to overclocking
and i would be very happy to achieve a solid 3.6-3.8
one of these fine days.. im still in research mode..

hell it looks like i should even think about getting
a smaller display , maybe a 27" ??? lol


thanks again,
IronValoR
 

antiacid

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regarding displays, 24inch is 1920x1200 and 30inch is 2560x1600. Anything in between will have 1920x1200 and anything above is a LCD tv which is stuck at 1920x1080.

Overclocking your cpu would give you a big boost in performance for no money.

If you have a limited budget, you could sell your 3gig of ddr3 and buy 6gig instead (3x2gig). Go for a decent speed of ram, ie 1600.

If you still want more performance, you could buy a second gtx280 when the 295 appear and the price drops. It should be just as fast as a 295.
 

OmegaStalker

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Just overclock yur Processor a bit to see what happens (depends on if your CPU is being stressed during playing) and to be honest your only looking at a FPS of 30ish at that res so you know do your ram and then when things come down just add another card in SLI...
 

Akebono 98

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Definitely capitalize on the current window of opportunity to pick up an old GTX 280 to run SLI. From your position, that would probably be more economical than moving to a GTX 295 in the future.

Regarding your HDTV, don't be misled by its size. At 1920 x 1080, you're effectively presenting a load to the video card that's the same as a 21.5" monitor with that same resolution. I.e. you're driving something in-between a 22" and a 24".

If you're able, I would sell that i7 940 and get a 920 instead and free up some cash for upgrades.
 

IronValoR

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Hi again,


thanks my friends, that is all excellent advice,
i greatly appreciate you vets pitching in here..
all of the above helps alot!

unfortunately though, i have a terrible problem here
this morning.. i may have to RMA this thing. not sure yet.
i went to fire it up this morning and NOTHING!
im like OMG this rig is only 6+ days old,
i never had a chance to go into bios all that much.

i damn near teared up for a sec..

the board will not post , and the only thing that
happens is the reset and power leds on the mboard
come on but it doesn't reset, the psu fan turns
but everything else on the computer just stays shut down..
is the PSU bad?? grounding out somehow? man this sucks.

thats the whole reason i joined here was to get excellent
advice from you guys.. and for the record i did learn
something here. now maybe i could get some advice
on where to buy a gaming rig... *geeze*

thanks again guys,
IronValoR

 

Akebono 98

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Sorry to hear that, IronValoR.

Could it be that the liquid cooling failed somewhere and you fried your CPU as a result? Any leaks in the liquid cooling?

Here's a start to your troubleshooting. First double-check all connections and make sure nothing in the case got loose.

Then, try disconnecting everything except:

mobo
CPU
1 stick of Ram
video card
PSU
monitor
keyboard

Also disconnect the liquid cooling system and all fans.

Then see if the remaining bare bones will at least POST. Could be a dead mobo?

I'm actually hoping that your CPU died so you can exchange for a 920 instead... :)
 

IronValoR

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say big dog Akebono 98,

k'peesh on all the good advice there,
yea man, talked to the rep alittle where i bought the
PC and did alot of those trouble shootinging deals ,
even put a paper clip in the power ribbon to see if the
additional Fans would fire up.. and still nothing.

well, needless to say i said screw trying to ship this
thing all over the world to try and fix, so im getting
the refund. which will be all good, because i will
have this 1,800 plus a few more hundred to get a rig
somewhere else.. anyone curious to know where i
config this rig?? Cyberpower. to be honest the workmanship was
very good. good wiring on the chasis and everything
looked smokin' cool . to bad the ( think its the PSU ) skipped
out.. otherwise i was sad to have to send it back.. but
look on the bright side.. i know i still have a kick ass
gaming rig waiting somewhere.. :)


thanks man,
IronValor