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August 7, 2006 5:11:25 PM

Ok, I got the Conroe build going over the weekend. This is my first build in ages so I'm not familiar with all of the tweeking possibilities in the BIOS.

Intel Conroe E6400
Asus P5B Deluxe WiFi (flashed to latest BIOS)
XFX 7600GT PCI Express x16 Video Card
Corsair XMS 2x1G DDR2 800
Antec 550W Supply

What should i do next as far as eeking out the best performance?

I don't plan to overclock right now, maybe never, not sure at this point.

Memory Timing? Memory Voltage?
Anything to the processor BIOS setting? The BIOS recognizes E6400.
Is there anything i can do to the XFX?

Thanks!

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August 7, 2006 5:27:42 PM

Nothing really unless you overclock.
August 7, 2006 5:27:53 PM

Just make sure you update to SP2 ASAP, quit the porn or at least do it on another machine.

You could try to tighten the timings in the BIOS, but it won't help too much overall.

OC'ing GPUs are an arse load easier than CPUs, but it'll void a warranty in a heartbeat.

Clean the case to keep the temps down and life expectancy up.

Don't install useless programs. Make sure you have a clean start-up.

DFI Street has a good Windows Optimizer:

DFI Street: Windows XP Tweak Guide (video)

Good luck and have fun!

~Ibrahim~
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August 7, 2006 6:11:25 PM

after you install windows run it for some burn-in time. That is, have a really taxing app just hammer that system for quite a few hours. UT2004 is great for that as you can run it on a botmatch loop that just keeps the bots playing themselves and loading new maps etc... You do this to show any heat issues or instability and so you want something that will hit the cpu, gpu, ram, harddrive etc to find any build problems or defects in parts.

That way you find anything wrong before the warranties are over. RMA's are much easier in that time. ;) 
August 7, 2006 6:13:02 PM

"Just make sure you update to SP2 ASAP, quit the porn or at least do it on another machine. "

hehe, i guess i'll have to keep the old machine around for awhile then :) 

I think i got all the updates done......it took awhile, i was surprised how long it took using the "miracle" chip ....oh well....i was up way too late doing that stuff.....

thanks for the help....
August 7, 2006 6:15:44 PM

That stinks! i thought i could get in there and tweek some things....oh well, it's probably just as good, i'll leave it alone.....thanks...
August 7, 2006 7:25:25 PM

You can set the cpu fan speed from the bios. Your ears will thank you.
August 7, 2006 7:46:51 PM

I don't know if you can still find the Windows XP powertools on Microsoft website, but if you can, see if you like some of those. They have some registry modifying programs to help your windows experience.

Don't forget firewall, anti-virus, anti-spyware, a good defrag program, maybe a good back-up program. I have a list of software I load on every machine I build. Codecs for movies, updates, Photoshop, Visual Studio.Net, Microsoft Office, whatever you need.

If you want to OC though, then we need to get you a new HSF, teach you about FSB and memory dividers, airflow, all the good stuff.
August 10, 2006 4:34:47 PM

I did find this neat program on the Asus disk.....AI NOS....i enabled it and we'll see if it makes any difference.

The patented AI NOS™ (Non-delay Overclocking System) technology intelligently detects system load and automatically boosts performance for the most demanding tasks. Unlike other dynamic overclocking techniques, AI NOS™ reacts much faster to satisfy your unending need for speeds.
August 10, 2006 4:43:28 PM

I've heard about AI NOS is a soft OC, it might bump the FSB up a few Mhz increments, but I've never heard of it being great. Granted, it is a good feature.

~Ibrahim~
August 10, 2006 4:55:39 PM

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I've heard about AI NOS is a soft OC, it might bump the FSB up a few Mhz increments, but I've never heard of it being great. Granted, it is a good feature.

~Ibrahim~


ya, it is a windows based soft-oc... easy, simple and fine for begining oc'ers and such. If you want to dabble w/ it that is fine, but my opinion would be to use the stuff in the bios... even just the "nos" in the bios is better then the windows based one.

granted, once you figure it out I would dump the nos and do it all manually.

JMO
August 10, 2006 5:05:53 PM

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Just make sure you update to SP2 ASAP, quit the porn or at least do it on another machine.


Any suggestions for getting the best bang for my buck?
August 10, 2006 5:41:51 PM

Quote:
Just make sure you update to SP2 ASAP, quit the porn or at least do it on another machine.


Any suggestions for getting the best bang for my buck?
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