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    There's not much I can say during your trying times other than to welcome you back, Art. It's good to see you posting again. Looking forward to your test results.

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    Tony, Thanks! Life is slowly getting back to "normal", whatever that is...
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    We're going to a rowing regatta near Columbus, OH this weekend (our daughter's senior year at high school), so I won't get any testing time in this weekend. I want to bump up my overclock and see how it goes. I'm running at 4.5GHz and want to go back up to 4.7GHz as I think I found the issue I was having (software problem). I'm also going to add another fan to the radiator so I have a "push-push-pull-pull" setup, even though that's really unnecessary since my resting and load CPU temps are great right now. I just want to see whan I hit the point of diminishing returns. Since we're in the warm part of the year here in MI, my computer time is greatly reduced as I like to spend time outside with the family.

    We're spending more time with my FIL and as and my MIL were married for 52 years and he's not used to being alone. Our son goes over every couple days to help him around the house and yard, so we're keeping tabs on him...
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    Good for you, Art! :thumbup:

    First and foremost is family helping family. Sadly it's been diminishing in the U.S. over the years. One thing I stress to my kids is that I'll be gone as odds will have it. You'd better be helping one another through life or I'll come back to haunt you!

    Have a great weekend away, Art. I feel it will do you and yours a lot of good through your trying times.
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    Thanks, Tony! This Mother's Day was tough for us but we spent the weekend at a rowing regatta for our daughter and since this is her last year (Senior), we're trying to attend as many events as we can. We were working, setting up tents, cooking food for the kids, cleaning up, etc... from 5:15am until 8pm, so we are exhausted now and we get to do it all over again this weekend in Grand Rapids, MI.

    Hopefully, I'll get a chance to swap in more 3TB WD Red hard drives in my home server soon and build another home server for a friend. I think my pc (re)building is mostly done for the year as most people move onto other projects during the warmer months and ignore their PC issues, unless they use them for a business...

    I ordered two Corsair high static pressure 120mm fans to replace the stock 120mm fans in my "push, push, pull" config on my radiator. As soon as the fans arrive, I'll replace them, take pics of the process and remeasure my temps and see what the results are...
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    Today's status... overclocking...

    Here are today's settings. I changed a few things last night and things are running well, so far...
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    I swapped out the two Corsair 120mm fans on each side of the radiator for the Corsair SP-120 fans, which are also 120mm, but are "high static pressure" and are designed to pur air through resistance, so they're supposed to be more efficient when used in this manner. There is a noticeable increase in the amount of air being pushed/pulled through the radiator but there is more fan noise, also. It's not too bad, but I can hear it and I couldn't even hear the other Corsair fans I was using. The temps are the same at rest and under load and I'll post some pics this weekend showing my results...
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    Great that it works Art! Too bad it's generation significantly more noise. It sounds more like an option if you have little room available in the casing.

    Have you been playing SimCity lately? It gets another mayor update tomorrow :-).


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  10. #410

    It's good to see you posting again with your results, Art.

    I'm taking it that your temps are the same with the new fans? If so, the new fans aren't helping much at all then?

    I'm not an engineer, but have some experience in air movement. In construction venting an attic is very important. That's where the hot meets the cold in winter months when heating and where the cold meets the hot in the summer months when air conditioning. There's a 3 "ates" rule. When you insulate, you must ventilate, or you'll condensate. Condensation causes mold. Mold eats lumber. All Mother Nature.

    There's various methods of performing this. One is gravity where hot air rises from the eave's vent through the roof vents. Successfully that uses no energy. That is good enough for winter months. Then there are power vents. Push/pull is the best using opposite gables during the summer time use "only", for it saves on AC power consumption costs. For hip roofs a couple of power vents pulling will do. Just like a processor, the sun makes an attic a radiator. It radiates heat in all directions. One has to figure economic feasibility. I found that the combination of gravity and power are the best if one is air-conditioning.

    Personally I didn't grow up with air conditioning and disliked AC costs when energy skyrocketed. AC Systems aren't cheap either. So I changed and use the old "cool down in the evening - close up in morning" method via a whole-house fan. A little more work, but it works and saves for me.

    Anywho, it's very interesting to read of your experimenting. BTW, how were the regattas? Fun to watch I bet.
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