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Old August 10, 2007, 08:03 AM
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My System Specs


1. The Gigabyte board should be fine, although you could just grab the P5K (plain), if your going to be upgrading the cooling and all.

2. I think 1:1 gives you the best performance, but theres no harm in downclocking your RAM. This would lead to tighter timings so it may still be faster overall.

3. Replace it if you want. Usually just applying some Arctic Silver Ceramique (safer as the die is exposed), and putting back on the stock solution works along with a fan attached. However, on my P5N-E SLI, I put on a Noctua NH-U6 with a 60mm Panaflow fan on my northbridge. Southbridges are usually fine with a small passive heatsink.

Here's some pictures of mine:
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The SB ASUS fan/heatsink is gone now. It's just a plain passive heatsink from an older ASUS motherboard. Also the 60mm fan wasn't zip-tied on in those pictures. It's a slim fan so it fits nicely.

4. Portability is fine. Assuming you install everything correctly and don't leave anything loose.
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