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- Thursday, February 22nd, 2007 Like Share






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pjsplace55 Mar 4, 13
I do not understand all these results, but perhaps you can help me decide which processors to upgrade my PC so I can play some games on it like guild wars 2.
My MOBO is 945GCT-HM Livermore Form factor: microATX - 24.4 cm (9.6 inches) x 24.4 cm (9.6 inches)
Chipset: Intel 945GC
Memory sockets: 2 x DDR2
Front side bus speeds: 800/533 MHz
Processor socket: 775,
Current processor P4-641, running at 3.2 ghz

My HP Pavillion a6019s specs say I can use any other these processors,

Core 2 Duo (Conroe) up to E4300
Pentium D (Presler) up to 960 (3.6 GHz)
Pentium 4 (Cedar Mill) up to 661 (3.6 GHz)
Celeron D (Cedar Mill) up to 365 (3.6 GHz)
Celeron D (Prescott) up to 355 (3.33GHz)

The minimum requirements on guildwars2.com says:
Intel® Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz, Core i3 OR AMD Athlon 64 X2, or better But the only option I have is the core2duo e4300 socket 775
that only runs up to 1.8ghz. I would have to overclock it once I figured out how.
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Manuel Montoya Jul 23, 07
Wow this is pretty interesting, i am planing on getting it along with noctua and P5B-E. But i am concerned about heat death, if i run it at 3.2 with this config.. is it still really risky?? I want it to last at least 3 years please help. Also.. is ok if i Use 2x DDR-2 533x2 PC4200- 1024 MB??
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rateme Jun 26, 07
Wow you guys have some great points about this cpu but i'm still getting a e 6600..

( a 6600 overclocks higher) correct me if I am wrong..
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Anonymous Jun 20, 07
Not to mention that phase change is also pretty loud.
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axforts2212 Jun 20, 07
A) its expensive
B) its not necessary really. the Core 2 Duos (at least the 6xxx series) hit 3ghz no problem on stock voltage. They run cool as it is, and if u up the voltage, the heat doesn't increase to drastically. Unless you are trying to hit 5ghz(but you will probably get bottlenecked somewhere else (ie RAM, mobo)then phase change doesn't help you much.
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BlackSun89 Jun 20, 07
Why not go for phase cooling..... its a bit riskier but the temp output is very nice
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xapplex Apr 17, 07
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I mean, seriously... here is a chip selling for $180 or so, nominally rated for 1.8GHz, that will out of the box run at up to 3.2GHz with stock cooling and stock Vcore.
What settings did you use to reach 3.2Ghz with the E4300, you said stock vcore what are the other settings, thank for your time

8x multiplier
northbridge voltage ?
southbridge voltage ?
ich voltage ?
fsb termination voltage ?
1.325 vcore ----> ??

this is all i need, thank you

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Iceguy2003 Mar 16, 07
quote tekmosis
Very nice article, Bill. It's made me change my mind about going for the E6600 to go for the E4300, instead!
Really???? lol!
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bhenning Mar 14, 07
Thx

Yeah, the E4300 is the best bang/buck for Core 2's

quote tekmosis
Very nice article, Bill. It's made me change my mind about going for the E6600 to go for the E4300, instead!
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bhenning Mar 14, 07
When I get around to modding, I am sure an article, complete with pics, will show up

Great idea re/ tranny cooler!

quote Anonymous1
An tranny fluid cooler from a car/small truck would be a good size. They're about 8"x12" and I believe come standard with a 5/8" inlet/outlet set-up.

Isn't there any way to seal the TEC/waterblock so condensation isn't even an issue? Something similar to a phase change insulation, maybe. That would eliminate the need for a power control knob, unless power consumption is another concern.

I'd like to see some pics when you start modding, if you would.
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tekmosis Mar 4, 07
Very nice article, Bill. It's made me change my mind about going for the E6600 to go for the E4300, instead!
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Anonymous Feb 28, 07
An tranny fluid cooler from a car/small truck would be a good size. They're about 8"x12" and I believe come standard with a 5/8" inlet/outlet set-up.

Isn't there any way to seal the TEC/waterblock so condensation isn't even an issue? Something similar to a phase change insulation, maybe. That would eliminate the need for a power control knob, unless power consumption is another concern.

I'd like to see some pics when you start modding, if you would.
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bhenning Feb 28, 07
I may try to go further on the p5w dh, as I recall that get get to 2v

I am using a medical laser cooler... we have not started modding it yet, as currently the waterblock and vcore are the biggest limitations.

For my home rig, I am considering getting a copper tank, a 365W peltier (with a 40A/15VDC supply to drive it), and either a car or fridge radiator to cool the hot side of the peltier; using a 50/50 water/anti-freeze mix. I could regulate the temperature by pulse width modulating the power to the peltier; I'd have to, to avoid condensation. Such a rig would keep my processor cool, and my den warm

quote Anonymous1
It takes that special board to hit that serious amount of vcore^_^
With the 6-23 BIOS for my board I can hit 1.9v. (1.55 x 123%)
The 7042bta has the 123% disabled because too many people were misusing it and apparently causing some serious voltage fluctuations...or something bad of that nature.

Are you using sealed elements? Or are you just hoping for the best?

Would you be able to supply me with pics of your TEC modded reservoir? After debating with myself over the efficiency of such a set-up, I've been giving it second thoughts.

What are your thoughts on a dual TEC plate set-up that I have described in my above linked post?
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Anonymous Feb 27, 07
It takes that special board to hit that serious amount of vcore^_^
With the 6-23 BIOS for my board I can hit 1.9v. (1.55 x 123%)
The 7042bta has the 123% disabled because too many people were misusing it and apparently causing some serious voltage fluctuations...or something bad of that nature.

Are you using sealed elements? Or are you just hoping for the best?

Would you be able to supply me with pics of your TEC modded reservoir? After debating with myself over the efficiency of such a set-up, I've been giving it second thoughts.

What are your thoughts on a dual TEC plate set-up that I have described in my above linked post?
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