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    Re: upgrade my rig with £60

    Quote Originally Posted by Bugbait View Post
    What's wrong with his PSU? I've heard some stories on here regarding bad Hiper's but it's not like he has an unbranded piece of garbage . I'd save the money or put it towards a new motherboard.
    Yeah true, if it were a new PSU I'd advise changing it but since it's already working you know what they say, if it aint broke... but if it's an EZ-Cool or QTec then fix it

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    Re: upgrade my rig with £60

    But can we be sure it's not the PSU that's causing the mobo/RAM anomaly? Not without trying another PSU we can't...

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    Re: upgrade my rig with £60

    Umm personally I think we can rule out psu, the problem is too specific.
    There would be no difference in power demand depending on ram slot used.
    granted dual channel vs non-dual channel may have a tiny difference but too small to matter. (his whole system would be falling over the moement it went under load, as idle vs load power requirements would be far higher)

    A new case might be an idea esp a window one if you like the whole glowybling look, the neo2-fr is great for this as it's got loads of LEDs over it.
    However all told the Coolermaster Elite 330 is a cheap, basic functional case, it works.
    Personally I'd not buy one, but if I had no choise I could live with it, or more likely buy a new one and use the 330 as a modding experiment. (that gives me ideas . . . )

    While your spec's are fairly basic they represent a good budget gameing pc, looking over it nothing jumps out.
    Maybe the hipper psu, case, another 2gb of memory, they would be obsious changes to a proposed build but as upgrade potential . . . if it's not broke, don't fix.

    Actually looking back over that, CPU Cooler (how the heck have we all missed that?) none is mentioned therefore I guess you're useing the stock cooler.
    Granted it's not as bad as some stock coolers, but I still don't like the stock intel cooler, I've found they have the bad habbit of building up a mat of dust&fluff over the top of the heatsink fins which massively reduces it's performance and causes the fan to really rev up.
    Again you really don't need to go crazy here, the Akasa AK-965x3 is about £11, not massive or heavy, so no great problems fitting it and it should keep that e2160 cool even with the overclock.

    On a side note, I looked at that saphire cooler, I don't like the look of it, looks like they stuck an intel stock cooler on a graphics card

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    Re: upgrade my rig with £60

    The problem is possibly related to the amount of volts reaching each of the RAM channels. RAM uses the 3.3V rail IIRC. Most other stuff uses the 12V. I don't think it can be excluded.

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    Re: upgrade my rig with £60

    CPU swap to an E5200?
    (Scan - £58)

    TBH something that makes the most of your OC'd system is probably your best bet else why have it in the first place?!*







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