04-07-2009 06:39 PM
04-08-2009 10:49 AM
Found the code for the Corsair CX400...EMCLRLN23. $30 after code and rebate for today only. Really no need for the 550, which is also on sale for $55 with code EMCLRLV34.
04-08-2009 02:25 PM
Thanks, But I gotta hash it out with them on this Sigma PSU first... I aint payin' no re-stocking fee on a dis-continued POS that doesnt work correctly,
this was the e-mail i received from sigma.
"HP only work with their own power supply, all of the standard ATX POWER SUPPLY in market won't work with it. "
But, I'm confident Newegg will come through...especially with the amount of money I'm 'bout to spend there...!
And your mostly right about the "no need" for the 550, But I'd like to see at least 2 Pci-e connectors on it... these frakin video cards, with their 2 plugs on each card....
04-15-2009 01:14 PM - edited 04-15-2009 01:19 PM
04-19-2009 10:00 AM - edited 04-19-2009 10:01 AM
These value quads have incredible overclocking head room because they share the same core platform as their much more expensive Q9XXX brothers. This 2nd Q8200 rig manages to hit 3.6GHz at default CPU core voltage (1.25VID)! Peak thermal load under Prime95 (72F ambient) is 52C thanks to the uber-low load voltage of 1.9! The Intel thermal spec is 71C max for this processor. 1M Super Pi run of 14.568 with RAM setting in TURBO mode. It's on par with an overclocked Phenom II X4 940 @ 3.6GHz.
This is a 4.0GHz chip. The bottleneck is the locked 7x multiplier. Running the FSB at 571MHz (effective 2284MHz FSB) requires a lot of VTT and MCH voltages, which will ultimately shorten the life of the motherboard. The Q8300 with 7.5x multi would have a better chance of cracking the 3.8GHz barrier.
Recent price drop has made these chip very popular among overclocking enthusiasts. I still have four un-filled orders.
04-26-2009 04:30 PM - edited 04-26-2009 09:08 PM
so the corsair cmpsu 400w atx 12v v2.2 will work in my pavilion elite m9500z with
-2.5 ghz quad core
-4 gigs ram
-1 optical drive
-mid range sound card
Also, will i need 2 4-pin cpu connectors for quad core?
04-26-2009 10:24 PM
04-28-2009 03:59 PM
what do ya' think of a Q9400..? local Micro Center has them for $179..E8400's for $129, too
finally worked out the Rma with newegg, and am the proud owner of a Corsair Tx 650x PSU,
Coolermaster 335 case, new optical Drive, 500 Gb WD Black, to Pair with the 8Gb of OCZ Ram and the GTS250 GPU...
just awaiting final mobo decisions, and CPU....And oem or retail OS....
evga 750i sli FTW is the current #1 choice...
04-29-2009 11:51 AM - edited 04-30-2009 10:59 AM
Q9XXX with 8x or higher multi should allow you to overclock the CPU north of 3.4GHz. Right now, if you're a gamer and want a quad, then the AMD Phenom II X4 9550 is a better deal. The on-board memory controller is better for gamers, plus this chip has the potential of +3.8GHz overclock.
I still favor the higher core speed of duos. Higher core speed benefits all tasks. At this time, the extra two cores are best suited for encoding movies. Playing games at native 22" resolution is less dependent on the CPU above 3.4GHz core speed. Put the $ saved toward a better video card.
Currently testing a new rig based on an E8400 with E0 stepping from MC. The chip is stable at 4.13GHz with stock 1.25V. Raising the core voltage to Intel's maximum recommended 1.36 yields 4.45GHz. Will post some pics if the chip holds up in the 85F oven. I didn't even need to mess around with any other voltage setting on my trusty Abit IP35-E board. Dial-in the core voltage, set memory divider @ 1:1, and crank up the FSB. You won't get past 3.0GHz if you use this strategy on a quad.
Serious gamers will probably want DX10. That would dictate W7 SP1. In the meantime, There's nothing wrong with XP Pro SP3.
Never future-proof a PC because technology moves very quickly in just six months. The best performance/value is the E5200 @ +3.4GHz. This should be good for 1-2 years. My 2nd choice is the E8400. We should see price drop below $100 by summer.