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  1. Hey Zeke, I just went from a E6550@3.2GHz to a E8400@4.1GHz last week. That 0.9GHz jump plus the 4MB to 6MB L2 cache made a HUGE difference on minimum FPS in WWIIOL using an 8800gt. Min FPS in super heavy places was around 25FPS now it's no lower than 55 or so. I would be inclined to think THE FASTEST CHIPS are gonna be the 6MB C2D or any of the I7's when overclocked. My current setup right now is the E8400@4150MHz on an EP45-UD3R with a GTS250 1GB@ 820MHz core/1944MHz shader/2450MHz memory. It plays fallout 3 at max details 1600x1200 4xAA 8xAF smooth as silk using 700MB framebuffer where the 512MB 8800gt struggled(stuttered) with 2xAA and no AF once it went over 512MB buffer. I don't know what resolution you run but you may want to use the monitoring utility in Rivatuner to see if you're over running your video memory. It's surprisingly easy to do if you use much AA at higher resolutions.
  2. First question: Wolfdale vs Yorkfield, does it matter which when it comes to stutters over towns in-flight? Not at all, the best thing to shoot for is simply the highest core clock on the best chip. Bringing more cores than two does nothing ATM and likely won't for a long time. Second question: Anything else I should know, if I want to prevent those stutters.. is that hardware good? If you want to prevent stutters your only option seems to be to install WWIIOL on a software ramdrive in your memory OR avoid playing in heavily populated areas. I prefer the second, as waiting for a ramdrive to load after boot, is a drag if you want to do anything else.
  3. Not who you wanted to talk to but... Crysis Warhead and Left 4 Dead seem to be the two that are single threaded and CPU bound relative to clock speed and L2 cache size. Cinebench Single Threaded is another good indicator of CPU performance for this game. That's more or less what you're looking for, single threaded benchmarks that are also memory intensive. The higher the score on those will be a good indicator of which CPU will offer the highest minimal FPS in WWIIOL.
  4. You want RIVATUNER to monitor temps. There's a core2duo temp plugin for it that works sweet and there's an option to overlay the temp and mem usage data onto your screen while playing games. Most current stock cooled GPUs hit up to 65-90c under load. I'd say that 74c is within reason, while not desirable, it's within limits. I'm still using an old 9700pro GPU waterblock that I made an adapter for on my 8800gt, it only hits 36c or so while playing WWIIOL and that's with my E6550@3200MHz on the same loop. One thing i've learned with newer video cards is that alot of the heat goes straight into the PCB. Ever since the 9700/9800pros i've had an extra fan blowing onto the backside(opposite the cooler side) to help whisk away the MEM and PWM heat. Those SMD components are designed to dump their heat into the goundplane of the PCB. Unfortunately your stock GPU HSF doesn't allow an extra fan to blow onto the PCB as it's encased by the cooling unit.
  5. These would be the ones to look for: AMD Opteron 148 (E4 version) 200 11 OK 2200MHz AMD Opteron 150 (E4 version) 200 12 OK 2400MHz AMD Opteron 154 (E4 version) 200 14 OK 2800MHz Athlon 64 FX-55 (E4 version) 200 13 OK 2600MHz Athlon 64 FX-57 (E4 version) 200 14 OK 2800MHz Athlon 64 3700+ (E4 version) 200 11 OK 2200MHz Athlon 64 4000+ (E4 version) 200 12 OK 2400MHz Or if you want dualcore: Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core (Toledo, 90nm, L2 Cache 2 x 1MB) Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 4400+ (E6 version) 200 11 OK 2200MHz Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 4800+ (E6 version) 200 12 OK 2400MHz The Opteron 154 or the FX-57 would be my choice if you could find one sub $75 or so. There really shouldn't be much demand for those nowadays. LOL kinda makes me want to bust out the old Opty 146 and do some benching. Highest I ever got it was 3250 or so. I think the motherboard FSB was stopping it there. I actually held the 6600gt singlecard record for quite some time with that system in 3dmark.
  6. Well I ran a Opteron 146(same core as the 4000+) at 3100MHz for a long time which had the 1MB L2 cache and it performed quite well. The 1MB L2 cache on the San Diego basically was equal to 200MHz higher performance vs the 512KB L2 Winchester and Venice core chips at the same clock speed. If you can't locate a used 1MB 939 chip for under $50 USD I would say it's a total waste of money to *upgrade* to a faster chip. The ones you want to find are the 3700/4000+ or the Opteron 146/148/152(there may be others, I don't recall more) which in all honesty, should be easy to source for very little money. Really the only thing that dictates what to get is what CPU's your motherboard has microcode for. The 512KB dual core X2's aren't all the bad either, some of the later ones overclock quite well.
  7. That's not a stock Intel HSF assembly from the looks of it. :/
  8. Yeah that's one of the better 'drop-in' coolers that don't require motherboard removal.
  9. Personally anytime I overclock I do it from the bios and run Memtest86+ first before ever booting the HDD OS. Memtest86+ can show errors from the memory/chipset/CPU without going to the trouble of corrupting data on your HDD to find that you either went too far or made a wrong adjustment. Don't get me wrong, it doesn't really load the CPU enough to catch all errors(Prime95 in windows works very well for that) but it can catch severe CPU instability before you try to load windows. Prime95 32/64bit Memtest86+ BTW which CPU cooler did you order?
  10. If you aren't going to overclock it you can enable XMP(extreme memory profile) in the M.I.T. section of the bios. It will read the EPP settings on the SPD of the memory and set 5.0-4-4-12 timings by default(standard default is 5.0-5-5-18) which will add a small performance increase of read/write from lower latency. If you are overclocking you will want that(XMP) disabled so you can manual control the timings. If you do pursue overclocking of the CPU/memory I want you to know this Muskin ram overclocks very well and does it at much lower voltage than most other DDR2 modules. Most of the higher performance DDR2 modules have Micron D9 chips on the modules which require quite a bit of voltage to clock up. They are kind of standard like 2.2v for 1066MHz at CAS 5.0-5-5-15 give or take +-0.1v. My Mushkin's(same as yours) can do 1100MHz CAS 5.0-5-5-15 at 2.05 volts and 990MHz CAS 5.0-4-4-12 at 1.825v. Most folks that have been overclocking DDR2 are using the high voltage requiring Micron D9 based modules and normally will tell you to start off at 2.2-2.4 volts which is far more than these chips require and will likely kill them beyond 2.2v for an extended period. Just wanted to mention that so you didn't inadvertently cook your chips.
  11. As suggested those 2 4pin connectors are indeed used as either a 4pin or together, an 8pin 12v cpu power connector. It all looks good, glad to see it's up and running.
  12. There's always thermal protection on the Intel systems, the only options he has to play with are a temperature alarm and variable fan speed control based on temps. As I reacall even the stock HSF even has a on board thermal sensor that controls speed as well.(I kinda wish it didn't)
  13. 1. EIST allows CPU voltage drop when it declocks, used in conjunction with C1E on a core 2 duo. When overclocking, people normally disable both or disable only EIST and enable C1E which allows the CPU to lower clocks(use the 6 multiplier under light load) without lowering the CPU voltage which could cause problems if it were to lower voltage too much for the higher than stock clock speeds. If you aren't overclocked enable both to save some energy. 2. IDE is native EIDE support which requires no additional driver for the OS to use which is a good choice for XP/2000/server 2003. AHCI and RAID enable the onboard SATA RAID ROM at boot for control of the drives. This is good for Vista/7/server 2008 as they are able to use NCQ which improves hard drive performance somewhat. If you use this RAID/AHCI ROM it will add another 5 seconds to boot or so and in XP/2000/S2003 will require the driver from floppy. Vista/7/S2008 already have a usable driver as far as I know.
  14. Yeah flip the fan upwards so it isn't smothered by the bottom of the case. It was nice of Antec to let you mount it either way. If your looking at the Corsair manual they assume it's a top PSU mount case not bottom like you have. There's no problems with cable lengths is there? Most definitely use the PCI-Express connectors, using the molex adapter would be starving your card badly.
  15. Enable Vsync. I had the same problem myself and found it was merely the screen tearing from FPS higher than refresh rate. Once enabled it seemed to smooth right up.