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    Re: Trying to Upgrade/Tweak Old PC

    I would get the Geil over the Crucial though. The Dell DIMMs are made by Hynix which is around the same as Crucial. None of the companies are bad but I tend to prefer Geil though! The advantage of the Dell ones is that they are quite cheap.


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    Re: Trying to Upgrade/Tweak Old PC

    Right sorted. However the PSU


    400w Silverpower SP-400P2C
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/400w-...ed-cooling-fan

    Will the PSU be ok bearing in mind that i will probabily be overlocking the bugger and possibly getting a gpu later down the line, cos i've been told it might not cut it.

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    Re: Trying to Upgrade/Tweak Old PC

    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Sights View Post
    Right sorted. However the PSU


    400w Silverpower SP-400P2C
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/400w-...ed-cooling-fan

    Will the PSU be ok bearing in mind that i will probabily be overlocking the bugger and possibly getting a gpu later down the line, cos i've been told it might not cut it.
    Silverpower is part of the same group as Tagan so they do make decent budget PSUs.

    The PSU will probably run a quad core and a HD4850 or HD5770 fine but if you want to have some more leeway then you will need to spend more money!!

    These two 400W PSUs are better than the Silverpower but cost nearly £40:

    http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/p...400SXS-UK.html

    http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/p...U-400CXUK.html

    Here are some reasonably decent 500W PSUs for around £50:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/500w-...2V-6Serial-ATA

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/500W-...lar-cable-V-10
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    Re: Trying to Upgrade/Tweak Old PC

    done and done, thanks again cat for the quick reply, tbh the psu should be fine

    Anyway i will let you guys know how i get on when it arrives, plus i might need help in case things go wrong

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    Re: Trying to Upgrade/Tweak Old PC

    Basically I would only stick to a graphics card which needs only one PCI-E power connector or even is bus powered. Anything more and you would probably need a better PSU IMHO.


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    Re: Trying to Upgrade/Tweak Old PC

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    The system is up and running now but I'm a bit puzzled, why does it say Socket AM3 (939)?
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    Re: Trying to Upgrade/Tweak Old PC

    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Sights View Post


    The system is up and running now but I'm a bit puzzled, why does it say Socket AM3 (939)?
    Perhaps you need a BIOS update?? What did you get in the end?? Have you tried unlocking the CPU??


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    Re: Trying to Upgrade/Tweak Old PC

    not yet but I will get round to it once I get the time to read up on it etc, but AFAIK its a matter of just turning on ACC to AUTO in the bios then trying to boot it up, I wonder if theres anything more to it?

    EDIT: it turns out my bro already updated it with the latest BIOS, you see at first there was no ACC option but with the update ACC can now be selected
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    Re: Trying to Upgrade/Tweak Old PC

    Given that your core voltage is reporting as 0.022V, Rather than the more usual 1.2v - 1.4v, I'd say that something's amiss Although if you're genuinely getting it to boot @ 0.02v then it must be running at about 1W or something!!!

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    Re: Trying to Upgrade/Tweak Old PC

    super efficency , but i still dont know whats up.

    I was running PC Probe says


    CPU temps 30-42
    MOBO 48-53 with case open (probabily due to the crap case and maybe the IGP) if i close it the temps rises to 60C (maybe more but i opened it up before it rose any further)

    with stock heatsink and one chassis fan:

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    Re: Trying to Upgrade/Tweak Old PC



    ok i tried amd overdrive just to see if the problem wasnt from cpu z side as some other fields were blank in cpu z [i guess it doesnt like my cpu] and lo and behold it says am2+, so it seems it the issue is with cpu z.

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    Re: Trying to Upgrade/Tweak Old PC

    1.38v - 1.4v sounds much more realistic

    I'm surprised your mobo temps are that high - are you sure nothing's disturbed the northbridge heatsink? My 785G mobo runs about 35 degrees in a SFF case with airflow provided by the single 120mm fan in my PSU... what mobo do you go with in the end?

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    Re: Trying to Upgrade/Tweak Old PC

    ye im puzzled about its high temp, i got the asus m3a78-t [790gx]

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    Re: Trying to Upgrade/Tweak Old PC

    The HD3300 IGP in the 790GX runs at a much higher clockspeed than the 785G and also the 785G has additional power saving features which should make it run cooler. The 780G on which the 785G is based on AFAIK does consume more power at idle too.


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    Re: Trying to Upgrade/Tweak Old PC

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    The HD3300 IGP in the 790GX runs at a much higher clockspeed than the 785G ...
    Yeah, that'd probably do it

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    Re: Trying to Upgrade/Tweak Old PC

    My 780V motherboard runs at temps similar to that, I even emailed the MFR about it and they said it was normal - it's fine up to around 70C. IMO they should have used a bigger heatsink though...

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