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Old October 9, 2007, 01:41 PM
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Question Intel D975XBX2 and 8800GTX = bottleneck?

I'm getting my hands on a Intel D975XBX2 motherboard for 50 pounds from a friend. I understand this board isn't 'new' and lacks a certain amount of features. Although I normally go for Asus motherboard which are feature rich, I never use them. Now I was talking to a friend who suggested I'll run into a bottleneck problem running the following hardware:

Intel Desktop Board D975XBX2
Intel Core2 Duo E6600
BFG 8800GTX OC 768
Corsair 2GB DDR2 XMS2-6400C4 TwinX

Also will I have any problems overclocking the CPU at all?

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Old October 9, 2007, 01:49 PM
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You'd have very minimal bottlenecking cause of the CPU not the board.
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Old October 9, 2007, 02:10 PM
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Thankyou for your reply enaberif. Would overclocking the CPU solve the problem? and if so would this motherboard be able to overclock the CPU enough?
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Old October 9, 2007, 02:19 PM
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Thankyou for your reply enaberif. Would overclocking the CPU solve the problem? and if so would this motherboard be able to overclock the CPU enough?
Intel boards aren't known to be overclockers as they are designed to be a stable board without any hiccups.

Yes overclocking the cpu will help with the bottleneck and that e6600 should be able to see 3.4 with good cooling.
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Old October 9, 2007, 02:46 PM
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The BX2 is the first real enthusiast Intel board. It will overclock pretty much as well as any other 975x chipset board. ASUS boards are overpriced for what they offer so you did yourself a big favor. I'd say that board should run 400FSB+, it is just gonna depend on how well your E6600 can OC. The best way to ease a video card bottleneck is to get a high res monitor of at least 1600X1200 (or 1680X1050 widescreen).
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Old October 9, 2007, 04:37 PM
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Yeah- that board's a good score at that price and will overclock that CPU just fine- you'll probably get 3.2GHz easily and possibly much better with good cooling- make sure you get a decent aftermarket cooler instead of the stock intel heatsink.
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I recommend you go with the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme. It's on sale for $46.99 at NCIX. Just measure your case to ensure it will fit.
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Thankyou for your replies :) It's put my mind to rest and I will be going ahead with the D975XBX2. As for the heatsink, I was just searching for one as you posted. I'll be using an Antec 900 case, do you feel the Ultra 120 Extreme would fit inside?
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It might fit but it would be tight. The heatsink is 160.5mm and the case is 180mm giving your 20mm of space for the standoffs and motherboard.
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Old October 9, 2007, 10:28 PM
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It might fit but it would be tight. The heatsink is 160.5mm and the case is 180mm giving your 20mm of space for the standoffs and motherboard.
The Tuniq JUST fits in the 900 and the Ultra is smaller so you'll be fine.
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