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New (Secondary) Rig Report. w00t.

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  1. Yukikaze

    Yukikaze

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    Heya all,

    Yesterday I put together a new rig out of spares (I had a massive computer turn-around last year, so plenty of stuff left, modern or otherwise) and a CPU + Case I picked up. I wanted a computer to hook up to my new 32" HDTV and it turned out to be a sweet machine.

    Specs:
    CPU: Intel Pentium Dual Core E2200 (Picked up at a sale at a nearby comp store).
    Motherboard: Abit I-N73HD (Out of my rig since I got the JR P45 TR2S).
    GPU: Gigabyte 9600GT Heatpipe Passive Cooling (From an abandoned mod project).
    Memory: Ceon 2Gb DDR2 800Mhz + A-Data 1Gb DDR2 800Mhz (Lying around).
    CPU Cooler: Thermalright IFX-14 (Lying around since I replaced it with an Ultra 120 Extreme on my main rig, the IFX-14 was just too frakkin' big) - COMPLETELY PASSIVE. I decided to go at it without a CPU fan.
    HDD: WD3200AAKS 320Gb (Lying around).
    Case: Nxzt Hush with the two slow 120mm fans it comes with.
    PSU: My old HEC Cougar 750W (After it got replaced by the Hiper 880W in the main rig due to not providing the juice anymore).

    First, the case:
    The Nxzt Hush is an excellent case. Workmanship is top notch and it is very pretty. It is relatively expensive, however, costing about as much as my Tempest cost me. The case is padded inside with foam and rubber to reduce noise. I really liked working with it. The IFX-14 was an extremely close fit, however. The tops of the heatpipes touch the sidewall when the case is closed, but then again, a close fit is still a fit.

    Second, the cooling:
    I wanted a computer as quiet as possible for this role. The fact that the case itself is sound dampening sure helps, as does the fact that the PSU fan doesn't start until a certain temp/load level which this system isn't very likely to reach, or at least reach too often. Since my video card is passively cooled, I decided to toy with the idea of using the IFX-14 as a passive heatsink.

    Third, the CPU:
    The E2200 I picked up seems to be a great specimen. Since I am running passive cooling, I wanted to OC it only as far as it would go on stock volts to keep the temps down (And also because I don't really need to massively OC it...). I managed to achieve stability at 2933Mhz with the stock volts of 1.325v, and I could boot Vista Ultimate at 3.2Ghz (But it failed Orthos after around 20 minutes) at the same stock volts. 3.33Ghz would POST, but BSOD on loading windows. I think that with a pair of fans on that IFX-14 and extra juice this E2200 could reach excellent clocks. I wish I would've gotten that lucky on my E5200, which is a volt-hog.

    BTW, the vdroop on the Abit board is nuts. Stock volts of that E2200, as I said, are 1.325v. When under full load at 2933Mhz CPU-Z reads me 1.28v on the cores, that's a massive difference !

    Finally, the quiet:
    The system is quiet. With nearly no fans, it is not audible from 50cm away, except for the damned old 320 gig HDD. It makes noise. Gonna have to explore the SSD option, or just get a newer and less (mis)used drive in there, or just let it be...
     
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    Some Pics.

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    The stress-test.

    I changed the TJMax setting in order for the reported idle temp to be the same as the BIOS reported temp.

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    I apologize for the multiple posts. I was getting php out of memory errors on clicking post until I tried to split them up.
     
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    props for getting a laptop LCD panel to work with a desktop..was it difficult ?:)
     
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    I wouldn't know, since it isn't a laptop LCD panel :laugh:

    It is a naked desktop HP 15" LCD monitor which I stripped down for a mod in progress. I just used it here for video output during the software installations and OC.
     
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    ah bugger! well, either way it's inspired me to attempt something...
    http://www.instructables.com/id/S3IH4T6F37OW9OI/
     

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