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Old June 16, 2008, 08:27 AM
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Looks like a solid build.

DFI boards are probably the best for overclocking, but their BIOS options can be overkill to somebody that doesn't really have a ton of experience. You may want to consider an ASUS or Gigabyte board. You could also go with the P45 chipset unless you believe you will be running Crossfire, then you want the X38/48 for full x16 Crossfire.

I got a X3350 (Xeon version of the Q9450) and it clocked easily to 3.4GHz with the vCore at 1.2V (it was the number on the box). However my board (ASUS Maximus Formula) apparently has some flaws with 45nm quad overclocking so anything beyond 3.4GHz becomes rather difficult. Apparently 3.4GHz 45nm quad equals a 3.6GHz 65nm quad. Also I find that my X3350 runs rather cool. Full load is like 60C (CoreTemp) or 50C (RealTemp). That's with a TRUE + Push/Pull Noctua P12s.
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