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Hello Team!

I'm soon going to be building my last planned cruncher of the year--a Core i7-920 system. Yes, it's four years old at this point, but it still packs quite a punch, especially overclocked. I don't have all of the parts yet, but everything has been purchased. Here's what I'll be using:

CPU: Core i7-920 D0 (Overclocked)
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GPU: nVidia Geforce GTX470 (no brand)
HSF: Xigmatek Gaia Push/Pull
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So far, I already have the RAM, the HDD, the PSU, the CPU, and the HSF. The motherboard should be arriving Tuesday, and the GPU by the end of the week (I'll set up the system with a Radeon X1300 to test). I'll post some pictures of what I have later today :toast:

Here's a list of the systems I'll have (New system in bold):
 
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Nice rig, that will gives a nice boost of PPD :D
 
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Great!:toast:
To what frequency do you plan to overclock?
 

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I think if I can get a solid 3.8GHz out of it I'll get ~20k between the CPU and GPU :toast:
21x191 = 4Ghz :) That is the best setting for I7-920's (D0's anyways) I have owned 3 and they would do 4ghz no problem. Voltages were from 1.275-1.3V
 

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21x191 = 4Ghz :) That is the best setting for I7-920's (D0's anyways) I have owned 3 and they would do 4ghz no problem. Voltages were from 1.275-1.3V
I'm a bit worried about heat--a $20 air cooler might struggle with 4GHz, even if I can put the system right by the window. We'll see :toast:
 

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Xiggy will be fine.
 

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Now my new build will have someone to play with :D :toast:
 

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Now my new build will have someone to play with :D :toast:
We shall have them fight. See if AMD's newest can compete with Bloomfield. Yours will, of course, be a more attractive system, but mine is lower budget. Just under $300 for everything :toast:
 

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We shall have them fight. See if AMD's newest can compete with Bloomfield. Yours will, of course, be a more attractive system, but mine is lower budget. Just under $300 for everything :toast:
Mine consists mostly of spares and trades/sales I've gathered over the past 6-9 months so the cost on mine is different.... I think we can throw budget out of the equation ;)

and either way they are both nice systems :toast:
 

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Mine consists mostly of spares and trades/sales I've gathered over the past 6-9 months so the cost on mine is different.... I think we can throw budget out of the equation ;)

and either way they are both nice systems :toast:
That they are :toast:

I'm thinking of getting a case for it at some point--I'll wait and see when the Source 210 comes on sale again. Or perhaps I'll get an Antec 300 or some other budget case :toast:


It would be interesting to know the power consumption of each system :)
 
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while my newest twiddles it's thumbs in the corner. And just hwen it was spooling up nicely, 3.3k yesterday.
 

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Some pictures:

My fan collection. 4x120mm, 1x92mm, 1x80mm, 1x70mm


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I should have the board Tuesday and will build that evening :toast:
 

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UPS says that my EVGA board should be here tomorrow (fingers crossed!) and my GTX470 is getting shipped today, so I hope to have some new updates soon :toast:

EDIT: Board is now in Greensboro...now I just need to figure out how to convince the staff here to let me a take a package that is addressed to someone else :p
 
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God damn it. The replacement board just arrived, and it is exhibiting the exact same symptoms as the old one. It displays "FF" on the on-board display, doesn't give any beeps, and never gives a display, even with a known-good GPU and RAM.
 

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God damn it. The replacement board just arrived, and it is exhibiting the exact same symptoms as the old one. It displays "FF" on the on-board display, doesn't give any beeps, and never gives a display, even with a known-good GPU and RAM.
Yea I have never trusted those EVGA X58 motherboards. may have to just pickup the cheapest X58 board you can for now and put OCing on hold.
 

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Yea I have never trusted those EVGA X58 motherboards. may have to just pickup the cheapest X58 board you can for now and put OCing on hold.
I'm not convinced it's the board. The VRMs and chipset heatsinks are actually getting warm--so it may be the CPU. I've contacted both sellers to see what I can arrange. I'm going to try and return everything. Put the GTX470 along with the other one in the 2700k setup and leave it at that.
 

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I'm not convinced it's the board. The VRMs and chipset heatsinks are actually getting warm--so it may be the CPU. I've contacted both sellers to see what I can arrange. I'm going to try and return everything. Put the GTX470 along with the other one in the 2700k setup and leave it at that.
Yea TBH if you just returned everything then picked up a big video card you would make double the PPD of the i7-920 :/
 
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God damn it. The replacement board just arrived, and it is exhibiting the exact same symptoms as the old one. It displays "FF" on the on-board display, doesn't give any beeps, and never gives a display, even with a known-good GPU and RAM.
As far as I was told, and I have 5 Evga boards, FF means fully functional. My boards do it every once in a while, power it off and back on and it's fine. Did your last board do the same thing?

I'm not convinced it's the board. The VRMs and chipset heatsinks are actually getting warm--so it may be the CPU. I've contacted both sellers to see what I can arrange. I'm going to try and return everything. Put the GTX470 along with the other one in the 2700k setup and leave it at that.
The cpu would be my guess, are there any bent pins in the socket. I always check it first on every replacement board b4 I even put the cpu in. Do you have it in the case? Try it sitting out on a table top to make sure something is not gounding itself out. Have you tried it with the cpu in and no ram. It should give you 3 beeps in a row. If it does try only one stick in the farthest slot from the cpu.
 

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As far as I was told, and I have 5 Evga boards, FF means fully functional. My boards do it every once in a while, power it off and back on and it's fine. Did your last board do the same thing?



The cpu would be my guess, are there any bent pins in the socket. I always check it first on every replacement board b4 I even put the cpu in. Do you have it in the case? Try it sitting out on a table top to make sure something is not gounding itself out. Have you tried it with the cpu in and no ram. It should give you 3 beeps in a row. If it does try only one stick in the farthest slot from the cpu.
Yes, FF does mean fully functional, usually. I've found that when EVGA boards go straight to FF without displaying anything else or beeping, then something is wrong. The last board did exactly the same thing: went FF and never beeped or gave a display.

There aren't. There was a bit of dust in the socket, but I used a plastic cable tie and carefully pushed it out. All of the pins on both boards have been fine. And neither have been used in a case--this system has been built on top of a wooden table. When I try with the CPU in and no RAM, I get no beeps or anything. Same as before :(
 
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Hmm You wouldn't by any chance have another cpu to try would you?
 

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Hmm You wouldn't by any chance have another cpu to try would you?
Three other i7s, but they're all different sockets (A Lynnfield, a Sandy Bridge, and an Ivy Bridge Mobile) :(
 

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Have you tried a different power supply too?
I have--I've tried two different ones, and both work in a different system (AMD X2 5k+).

I've PM'ed the seller that I bought the CPU from, but he isn't responding. I'm afraid I might be out the $110 I spent on the CPU.

Does anyone here have an i7-LGA1366 I could borrow for testing my board with?
 

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Good news guys! :toast:

I've called Intel and I now have an RMA number. Even though the CPU is technically out-of-warranty, they didn't seem to check that, and I'll be sending the bad chip off tomorrow :toast: