lol, holy s***, you're more qualified than I am
Ok, what I used is copper wire from my PC speakers. Basically, it's a 7.1 surround set with 30ft. long wires, so I thought 1/4" from one of them wouldnt matter
. The wire is made up of strands wound together, and one strand is pretty damn thin, I'd say like a thick piece of hair. You have to work it in a warm place as to not snap it, but if fits perfectly into the pin holes. As an alternative, and I've used it before, use the copper wire from a telephone cord. This is a little thicker and easier to use, but it's a tighter fit getting the CPU in over it. However, it still works. In either case, copper worked very well for me. As far as CHC went, I uninstalled the sucker just to make sure
. Now my 1.8 booted into windows fine, but was only about 15 min prime95 stable, so it'd crash after a bit in any 3D application. What I did is ground VID3 along with the pin-mod. If you look at the voltage chart in the first post, you'll see that this gives a range of 1.452v to 1.340v over the stock 1.340v. Turns out I'm 100% stable at 1.388v, so I only needed a little boost. What I do to get that is select 1.260v in RM clock, but since VID3 is grounded (a zero) it gives me 1.388v (see chart). The benefit of this is I got the little voltage I needed. The bad part is that if the CPU still requests 1.340v, that's all it'll get. So, at boot up I'm technically unstable until RMClock kicks in. The other downside is that when the CPU goes from 800MHz to 2400MHz, there's a split second where the CPU will natively request 1.340v before RMClock makes it request 1.260v (1.388v effective). This isnt normally a problem, but if it does it mid game, sometimes I'll crash. To counter this, I just select maximal before I enter a game. Now if your 1.8 WONT boot at all, then you'll have to bump it up a notch and ground VID2. Now this will allow you to boot at 1.404v. I'll probably end up doing that myself tomorrow just so I dont have to deal with changing the CPU to maximal nonstop. This will send a little more voltage to the CPU, but not enough to make much of a difference temp wise. Anyway, lemme know how it goes
P.S.- I gotta thank prona for the discussion on this. It gave me some more insight and allowed me to retest some settings to really get a grasp on how to fine tune this stuff.