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  1. Hi, I'm modding a 4 cpu system with 2 gpu's Is it best to run everything in series or should I split this up in some distributive manner? The cpu's are 130W each and the GPU's are about 300 (gtx690) My goal is to convert this old server with a lot of loud fans into a quiet workstation so that I can do my rendering and animation. Thanks for the feedback. James
  2. Bass Instinct Hey Monkey's I'm finally getting going on a new build. I had a false start on a Corsair 250 D But life got in the way and I'm not sure I'm man enough to do the things I want to do in a Mini ITX case. The Victim of my affection is a Lian li PC-V359. This is a Micro ATX case, but I will be using a Mini ATX board so I will have a little extra room for cooling gear and I like the square proportions, compared to the Mini version of this case. The case I ordered was Black with black Pillars. The Case I got was Black with Red Pillars, I kinda liked that model too so I'm going to go with it. Funny in the Lian li literature the red is more of a fire engine red, but this anodized red is a much better tone of red - Sold. One of the interesting things about this Case is that the top and all four sides slide in and out of the corner pillars to give easy access it opens up a myriad of options for modding. I had a huge sheet of thick Deep Red Acrylic so the first thing i did was make a replacement top window. I know there are a million red and black builds out there, but that's because it looks good, I'll just have to find a way to keep it from being boring. MnpcTech sent me out a set of their beautiful case feet. These feet were made for this case and improved the look over the factory feet, which weren't bad. These may end up getting painted in the end, but I'll wait on that decision until I see how all the colors are blending. I tapped the Case so I could spin the feet on and off easier, but they come with hardware for easy mounting to anything. Ok I admit it, I just like tapping threads whenever possible. My love to thick material is a painful affair when you do your work with basic hand tools. I just like the depth the thick materials add to the look, But there is a price to be paid! I cut out my basic shapes with a Jig Saw and Dremel and then refine the shapes with files and sanding. Not the easiest way to do things, but My setup allows me to watch movies while I'm filling away. My Initial plan for the front was to stack Aluminum on top of the Red Acrylic with the Acrylic just sticking out a little further than the aluminum. Ok planning is not one of my strong suits. What I hadn't anticipated was that my thick stack of materials took away the distinctive angles of the corner pillars sticking out further than the case front. The pillars really make the look of this case, so this wasn't going to work. At this point I am dropping the Acrylic layer and I beveled the edges of the Aluminum to match the angles of the pillars. I had cut the Aluminum wider around the window and now that I removed the lower layer I will have to adapt it to match up better. I started adding some bling to the Aluminum sheet. This is closer than the picture shows, but it was hard to align the camera up perfectly. Not bad considering the tools used to do this with. I really want a Scroll Saw, but I don't want to buy a cheap one that I'll end up hating. So until then I'll just keep doing what I do. I continue to refine this piece. I plan to put lite Acrylic on the inside of the case behind The ROG Logo and Mesh behind the volume bars. I think this piece will be painted in the end. Here is a size comparison between the Lian li case and a 250D. I had originally bought 2 - 250 D cases, I build this straight build in a day, Most of that was hiding wires. I was going to Mod the second case and then transfer the kit, But life got in the way and I never pulled the trigger on the Mod. The New case is more inspiring to me and there aren't 500 of them that have already been Modded. Anyway It is so good to be back into a build, This one is just for the pleasure of Modding, No time limit, no pressure Thanks for checking out the build.
  3. I've been doing a lot of testing lately – now for me a PC not only has to look good but it has to perform well (as a rule I normally build from the components out tailoring the case to the needs of the hardware); Haswell has always had a reputation of being a heat hound, I'm one of the lucky ones that possess a CPU in the form of my 4690K that doesn't do to badly in that department. With the concept of a future build in mind – this will be small form factor, overclocked, an energy efficient general purpose come gaming rig with some graphical cojones and a decent onboard audio capability (tall order I know and did I also mention I wanted it to run virtually silently?) - I set about reaching an overclock compromise between performance and an energy efficient voltage for my own needs. I decided I wanted my overclock to be a nice round 4.4GHz, only 4.4GHz you may ask - 4.4Ghz in my hands on experience offers the perfect balance between efficiency and performance, on paper it equates to a 25.9% boost over stock speeds. I achieved the overclock I wanted after some trial and error at 1.132V Now time to test it - For stress testing I use Intel BurnTest, BurnTest will stress both the overclock and memory far in excess of anything you or I will ever throw at a CPU. A sedate 30 loop pass at Standard level for openers. Followed by another 30 loop pass at Maximum. PASS Now 90 minutes of OCCT 4.4.1, I use the Large Data Set Test Mode to flush out the likelihood of errors under full load. PASS And finally to see how it performs - Very happy with that :D A final note, you may be looking at the temps throughout this thinking what's to shout about? Well when you consider I've used an air cooler utilizing the silent fan profile of the AsRock Z87M OC Formula and it runs silently – it becomes apparent why I'm so pleased ;)
  4. Recently I had an i5 4690K dumped in my lap, to clarify I had a client change spec on me so at the time my thoughts were great I’ve been stiffed with yet another unwanted CPU… If you look around you’ll see the 4690K hasn’t had the best of reception from the tech media, if anything it’s kinda been left with the tag of the fat chick every stunner seems to come equipped with (the type that always says thank you in the morning). Undeterred by this I decided to have a wee play and see what was what - I set myself a goal of a 4.8GHz overclock, this was achieved with 1.302V A nice respectable CPCBS score was also achieved B) Time for some some OCCT love Temps are good IntelBurnTest Good timings Some CINEBENCH R15.0 Not bad And lastly some benches with my SC 780 for good measure So in summing up... I'll be keeping this one :D
  5. Guys, this is a work in process so please bare with me on this, it's geared towards Intel CPU's but is just as relevant to AMD also; thank you in advance. The principles of the less-used or commonly misunderstood Offset Mode for CPU overclocking or even underclocking. Intel and AMD program each processor with a stock voltage using a binary code (known as VID). This binary code is utilized by the motherboard voltage regulator module (VRM) to set the correct voltage for the processor at stock operating frequency. At stock, Intel’s power saving features such and SpeedStep, EIST and C-States are active. Under light loading conditions, SpeedStep reduces the CPU multiplier thus lowering the operating frequency. EIST dynamically lowers the VID while various C-States sends parts of the processor into low power or off state to help save power consumption. Increasing the processor’s operating frequency, you're going to need to increase VCore in order to facilitate higher switching frequencies of the processor core. The conventional method of doing this is simply to set voltage control to manual mode and type in the required voltage for stability at the selected operating frequency. However, the side effect of using this method is that the applied voltage code (VID) remains static under all loading conditions so we end up increasing power consumption and heat production under light loading conditions unnecessarily. The workaround for this is to use Offset Mode in BIOS to set the processor’s operating voltage; in order to do this you need to set CPU Voltage from Manual Mode to Offset Mode (Normal Mode with some motherboards).
  6. It may not seem like such a big deal that Intel's CPU roadmap has been leaked, but this time it is a bit more important... it may be showing us the end of socketed, upgradeable, customizable CPU's. Haswell is slated to be the last chip on the LGA (land grid array) style socket, and the following Bradwell processors are looking to move to BGA (ball grid array), soldered straight on the board. If this happens, it would be the beginning of the end for swappable CPU's. It's also possible that they will continue socketed CPU's in parallel with their BGA chips. Everything is speculation at this point. Source: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/141443-leaked-intel-roadmap-shows-the-end-of-socketed-cpus-the-end-of-upgradable-pc
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