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Old December 10, 2007, 04:50 PM
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Hello everyone, This is my first time on this forum and I am very new to custom built computers.

I would like to know if anyone has any recommendations on MotherBoards and CPU's that are great and also(remember I said I was new to the whole thing)easy to overclock for A mainly Gaming PC.

I would like the Motherboard and CPU to be under an affordable Price of $400(I am a Student who recently became employed and is still being trained with a minimal 4 hour shift weekly)

AMD or Intel, makes no difference to me. I was thinking something along the lines of A XFX 680i LT SLI Motherboard and A Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 2.33 GHz , although I would like to pay a little less for something with the same perfromance( Overclocking a smaller processor is an definate option)

I plan on using a Thermaltake Armor Jr. Case if this helps at all.

Once I can make some extra money I plan on upgrading to Liquid Cooling.

Any Help Would be Appriciated,

Six.

P.S. please excuse my spelling errors, I am only 14.
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Old December 10, 2007, 04:52 PM
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p5k-e + e6760 or q6600
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Old December 10, 2007, 05:11 PM
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Gigabyte P35-DS3L, and a Xeon X3210 quadcore. Chances are the X3210 will be G0, and it should easily get 3.2GHZ with little to no Vcore boost. The gigabyte board is also quite friendly for Overclocking, and has some great BIOS recovery features for when you mess up!
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Old December 10, 2007, 05:22 PM
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Aren't Xeon Processors used for servers?
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Old December 10, 2007, 05:27 PM
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Traditionally, yes. But the 3000 series are designed for single processor boards, or workstation class CPU's, not so much Server CPU's. You can pop them in any S775 board that supports core 2 Quad CPU's. They also run at lower stock voltage, and allow for longer chip life at higher temps. Essentially they are just higher binned Core 2 Quads, picked out of the same fab for their quality over the regular Core 2 chips.
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Coolermaster ATCS 840 w Window panel
MSI Z77A-GD65
Intel i7 3770K @ 4.6GHZ 1.28v
Galaxy GTX 680 @ 1241MHZ
8GB Mushkin Blackline 1600MHZ 9-9-9-24 1.5v
Asus Xonar Essence STX
OCZ Z-Series GOLD 850W
2 x 128GB Corsair Force GT SATA3 SSD RAID0 :)
Acheiva Shimian Q270 Lite 2560x1440

Benq W500 Pojector.

Watercooling:
EK Supreme HF, EK FC GTX 680 Block, MCR320+Gelid Silent 12 Push/Pull, DD Pump, EK Multioption 100ml Res, EK Coolstream XT 220 RAD Gelid Wings Push/Pull.
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Old December 10, 2007, 05:32 PM
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the Xeon May be an Option although, it may cost more for a processor than anticipated.
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Old December 10, 2007, 06:19 PM
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And yeah, definately go quad and P35....should be some great deals around! Make sure you compare a lot of them!

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Old December 10, 2007, 06:52 PM
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Yeah, there is still alot of air moving around, but is much less organized than a Windtunnell hehe..


As for the price of the Quads, they are not too expensive.
http://www.frontierpc.com/ProductDet...essor&version=
NCIX.com - Buy Intel Xeon X3210 Quad Core Processor 2.13GHZ LGA775 8MB 1066FSB Retail Processor - BX80562X3210 In Canada.
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Coolermaster ATCS 840 w Window panel
MSI Z77A-GD65
Intel i7 3770K @ 4.6GHZ 1.28v
Galaxy GTX 680 @ 1241MHZ
8GB Mushkin Blackline 1600MHZ 9-9-9-24 1.5v
Asus Xonar Essence STX
OCZ Z-Series GOLD 850W
2 x 128GB Corsair Force GT SATA3 SSD RAID0 :)
Acheiva Shimian Q270 Lite 2560x1440

Benq W500 Pojector.

Watercooling:
EK Supreme HF, EK FC GTX 680 Block, MCR320+Gelid Silent 12 Push/Pull, DD Pump, EK Multioption 100ml Res, EK Coolstream XT 220 RAD Gelid Wings Push/Pull.
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Old December 10, 2007, 07:28 PM
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I second the Captain's choices, under 400$ - great combo. Slap a Thermalright Ultima90 with a Scythe fan and you're good to go.

And welcome to the forums!

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Old December 12, 2007, 02:36 PM
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Traditionally, yes. But the 3000 series are designed for single processor boards, or workstation class CPU's, not so much Server CPU's. You can pop them in any S775 board that supports core 2 Quad CPU's. They also run at lower stock voltage, and allow for longer chip life at higher temps. Essentially they are just higher binned Core 2 Quads, picked out of the same fab for their quality over the regular Core 2 chips.
So would it be possible to attain similar effects with the Intel Xeon 3065 but with lower GHz's if OC'ed?
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