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Alienware Area-51 Desktop Owner's Lounge

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  1. Mr. Fox

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    Here is the thread for Area-51 desktop owners, past and present, to discuss random topics related to their machine, show off, ask questions.
     
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    Glad to be first. Finally a desktop sub-forum!

    Where are all of the area-51 r2 owners at? :D

    I'll start off with this:

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    My current 24/7 4.5Ghz overclock. I haven't fine tuned voltage yet. Getting a GTX 780 Wednesday to replace the awful GT 240 I've been temporarily using. Can't wait to reinstall windows onto my raid0 ssd setup and actually be able to run 3dmark11/fs LOL.
     
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    What voltage are you using for 4.5?
     
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    1.273v, I have yet to actually fine tune my overclock. Once I receive my new GPU I'll be reinstalling the OS and then finally play with a lower voltage, haven't used my desktop much. The GT 240 doesn't play too well with my a/v receiver.

    It took 1.5v to get 4.8ghz as stable as I can get it, 4.7ghz was stable around 1.4+v. 4.6ghz was fully stable with 1.328v.
     
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    Doesn't 1.4 sound too high? I mean you can run it, but it'll degrade the chip.

    Running 5820K @1.21v 4.2GHz here. (ASUS X99 inside Predator 2.0B case).


    As for the GPU, if you live near microcenter, I'd suggest picking up a 970 G1 with a $50 replacement warranty (be sure to pricecheck with them via pcpartpicker website). You get full in store credit for the value of your 970 (when you trade it in) to spend on a better graphics card in 2 years span.
     
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    It's only for benching purposes. There's no way I'd use 1.4v+ for a 24/7 voltage. I'm going to try 1.25v @ 4.6ghz or 4.5ghz for 24/7 usage. Maybe less if the chip is fully stable, I tend to use one increment higher than the most stable voltage just for added security. Don't want to be doing something important then have a bsod.

    Sadly the nearest microcenter closed down that was within 50 miles. Next closest one is like 400 miles away. I really don't want a 970 anyways though.


    I already bought a GTX 780 SC ACX from a member at the EVGA forums. It will be my stopgap gpu until the full maxwell GM200 based Titan X/980Ti or Fiji based R9 390X come out later this year.
     
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    Nice! Great job on that wPrime run.

    I don't stress out too much about CPU fatigue. That's just so unnecessary, IMHO. It's a consumable component. Worse case scenario is you buy a new CPU in a couple of years. I am still waiting for my 2920XM and 3920XM to fatigue from excessive voltage and there's no sign of it. But, I have been sternly admonished repeatedly by noobs that I was going to kill them.

    The most important thing is to extract the most performance from it that you can, for as long as you can... run it hard, put it up wet, and if it's going to die let it go out in a blaze of glory. Nothing lasts forever.

    Let the BGA jockeys obsess over the CPU welded to their mobo. They actually need to worry, but we don't have to care.
     
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    How should they even worry? The HQ series don't hold their boost clocks 24/7 like the PGA counterpart.
     
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    Oh of course. I ran my previous i7 at a high voltage 24/7. Still running great. Intel warranties their chips for three years, that's 24/7 usage. I doubt most of us use our processor 24/7 @ 100%. Even with degrading factored in we'd still get plenty of life. Not to mention intel provides a desktop overclock warranty for their high end K/X processors for like $20-30. Destroy the chip, they'll replace it. ;)

    Because if their cpu were to die, they need a whole new motherboard. Cooling on a lot of BGA cpus isn't the best. They run in the 90s. Our temps are actually better even when overclocked LOL.
     
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    Is it because of the smaller heatsink designed not with overclocking in mind? Or is it because of the BGA cpu connection/install method?

    Wonder if you can reball a HQ to a BGA slot? Maybe someone that can get a bricked 15/7R2 mobo and try it :D




    OT: To people planning to swap GPUs in the Area 51(X99)


    Be careful with the 9x series GPU, I ran into an issue where the NVCP detects 2 displays when a single monitor is plugged into the DP port. Causing the system in a restart on a BSOD loop.

    http://www.reddit.com/r/nvidia/comments/2lljsx/has_anyone_with_a_new_gtx_980970_successfully/

    970G1 with modded 350w (75-75-150) tdp bios.
     
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