Hey guys. So a couple weeks ago I said I would be getting a SSD as a Black Friday gift, and I did. So, now my question is: can I get your guys' help to get my machine optimized? It is set up a little right now, but I want to review some things.
XFX 680i SLI
E6750(2.66 GHz) Currently OC'ed @ 3.3 GHz
6 GB Ram: 2 x 1 GB OCZ SLI 1066 MHz (5-5-5-15) & 2 x 2 GB OCZ Platinum 1066 MHz (5-5-5-18)
EVGA GeForce 285 GTX Superclocked
Windows 7 Ult x64
So, I have two main questions. One regarding my SSD and how I should use it exactly, and the other regarding my overclock settings.
For the SSD, I bought a 120 GB G.Skill Pheonix Pro. I am replacing a crappy 150 GB Raptor Drive. I was planning to keep my current config of using my fast drive to run windows/programs/apps and my second larger drive to contain media/games. My second drive is just a 320 GB SATA II drive. So, with gaming performance in mind, what do you guys think I should do as configuration? Run windows as well as a couple of games on my SSD? Or will it not really matter so much if I just run them off the second HDD?
For the OC'ing: My main question is what should I do with my RAM frequency & timings? Should I try a ratio for best performance, or should I clock them as fast as I can maintaining stability? I believe I can alter my multiplier from 8x-6x or so. My main goal is to just run a nice OC as optimized as possible while being as stable as possible. Any recommendations?
Thanks once again for you guys. You guys are great, always responding within atleast a day and supplying advice.
So we all know the shopping begins soon. I was wondering if there were places any of you guys preferred to check out for hot items like Solid State Drives or Video Cards.
Personally, I'm looking to get a new SSD. I was wondering if there was anything to watch out for/to look for when getting a SSD and where to possibly find some good deals on some. I'm planning on only getting a 80 or 128 GB SSD (64 GB could work if no good deals show up for the 80 or 128..)
What are you guys thinkin'?
Yes. I understand this. But, I would rather not lose performance, unless need be. I was wondering what would give me the best performance while keeping my system nice and stable. Either the 5-5-5-15 2 GB kit in the first position due to its faster timings or having the 5-5-5-18 4GB kit in the first position due to it being the largest memory capacity. I'm going to try to clock both at 1066 MHz, or at least as close as I can while having my CPU OC'ed to its ratio.
(On a side note, Der Meister. What do you think of your system right now? I remember the days I used to have a higher end machine than you. : p lol. Was there a noticeable difference with upgrading. I'd sure hope so, because your specs are very respectable. lol. And I'm thinking about getting a SSD around black friday time and hopefully finding a good deal on it. Any words about yours or what to look for or avoid?)
It's been awhile since I've been back here. Just been busy with school and such ^_^ Anyway, I have an OCD/nit picky type of question. I recently sent in my RAM to be RMA'd @ OCZ Technology (one stick just quit working-would just lock the pc up at a certain elapsed time, in both windows and outside(MemTest). I believe they will be replacing my RAM with a different but similar model, due to mine being deactivated by now.
RAM I have: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227181
New replacement RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227298
The cool part: it's a 4GB kit compared to a 2 GB kit. The concerning part: the timings.
I will have 2 sticks of the previous RAM plus 2 sticks of the new RAM used in my system. I have my Core 2 Duo overclocked from 2.6 GHz to 3.2 GHz right now, and RAM only set to 800 MHz, maintaining the recommended ratio (I believe I will change the multiplier to allow me to up my RAM's clock a little higher later). My main question is: Any advice for performance reasons.. especially which set of RAM should I have in the first position on the motherboard, and should I just leave the timings to default? Any advice on anything that I've wrote would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks guys. This site has a great forum community.
Elaborate, please. lol I'm interested.