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Old July 28, 2007, 03:55 PM
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I've decided to go with the Asus P5N32E-SLI motherboard as I stated in an earlier post. However for cost reasons, I'm going with an E6600 (which I can get for $175, compared to $259 for the E6750 or $330 for the Q6600).

I figure it's cheaper in the long run, since I'm planning to upgrade to 45nm within a year anyway.

I've also confirmed I'll be able to use my Thermalright Ultra 120 on the board, so everything is looking good in that respect.

What can I expect to get in terms of overclocking? I suspect I should be able to get up to 333 FSB without much difficulty.

I'm only using relatively inexpensive PC2-5300 RAM, but I don't think that'll prove to be an issue, espeically if I don't go above 333 FSB.
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Old July 28, 2007, 04:01 PM
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Yep, your memory will probably be the biggest thing holding you back, but isn't your new board an Nvidia chipset? If so you should be able to unlink the mem.

If you can unlink your mem, chances are you should be able to get 3200+ with a newer C2D.
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Old July 28, 2007, 04:39 PM
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I've decided to go with the Asus P5N32E-SLI motherboard as I stated in an earlier post. However for cost reasons, I'm going with an E6600 (which I can get for $175, compared to $259 for the E6750 or $330 for the Q6600).

I figure it's cheaper in the long run, since I'm planning to upgrade to 45nm within a year anyway.

I've also confirmed I'll be able to use my Thermalright Ultra 120 on the board, so everything is looking good in that respect.

What can I expect to get in terms of overclocking? I suspect I should be able to get up to 333 FSB without much difficulty.

I'm only using relatively inexpensive PC2-5300 RAM, but I don't think that'll prove to be an issue, espeically if I don't go above 333 FSB.
Sounds like fun ahead :)

I have an Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus which is a 650i chipset but I think it is identical to yours except mine has a different southbridge chip. I've been able to OC my E6600 to 3.5ghz for testing but it required me to move the voltages higher than I liked. With a little bump to the voltages and some good cooling (watch your northbridge as it can get quite hot) 3.2ghz is where I settled at. I used a Scythe Ninja on my CPU and your cooling should be a little better than mine if the reviews are correct.
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Old July 28, 2007, 04:55 PM
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Yeah, it's the 680i board.

I likely won't go past 333, which will match the speed of the RAM nicely.
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