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Old November 3, 2009, 02:27 PM
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Well, the new budget build is up and running.
Would have taken pics, but my camera is 'in the shop'.
Sure wish I could have gotten more, but the budget was only $400 - $500.
I'd say I did pretty good with what I had... and the gf is really happy...

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LG 22x DVDRW
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Using onboard Radeon 4200 for now.
Hoping to get a good deal on a gts250 or something.

Would like to OC the CPU a little and need some tips.
Only have stock HSF atm so I don't want to push it too far.
Looking into getting a CM Hyper 212 or something soon...

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Old November 3, 2009, 03:34 PM
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Cool man, let us know how far you can clock that CPU, well as far as you can with stock cooling I guess. I dunno what kinda of tips you need but if you got any questions just ask and someone will help.
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Old November 3, 2009, 04:58 PM
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Well I have never owned an AMD system so really don't know where to start.
Pretty much need to know some of the basics.
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Old November 3, 2009, 10:43 PM
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Ive built 3 HTPC systems this week with that same combo. For that purpose you cant find a better system for the dollar. My customers are tickled pink with thier new media center machines that were so cheap for the,
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Old November 4, 2009, 08:13 AM
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Is there noone here OCing an AMD who can point me in the right direction?
From what I've gathered so far, I should be able to run around 3GHz on stock cooling.
This build darn near broke me so I just can't afford better cooling right now.
Max temp for the chip looks to be around 71c... at stock it gets 55c - 58c during Prime95 (according to Coretemp and AMD Overdrive).
Everest shows motherboard temp getting in the mid 60's, which I assume is because of the onboard graphics (but I don't know).

Should I bother wiping the thermal tape off the HSF and putting some MX-2 or something on it?
I've got some of that, and an unopened tube of the stuff that came with my TRUE.
Just left the tape on because I didn't have any alcohol to clean it properly.

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Old November 4, 2009, 10:16 AM
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mx2 should be better then the tape. i can't help you overclock though because i have not overclocked any amd chips in a while sorry
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Old November 4, 2009, 11:41 AM
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Anyone with info/tips/links please post here and help me out.
If not... I guess I'll update this thread with whatever progress I can make.

It's not my computer (built it for my girlfriend) so I don't want to kill it yet... just make it sweat a little.
Hoping to be able to convince her to fold on it, but not sure about that.
If that happens I'll really want to get a half-decent OC going.
For now, I just want to push it a little... maybe 3 - 3.2GHz.

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Old November 4, 2009, 07:39 PM
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perhaps your case needs better airflow?
I noticed when I added some intake fans to my old system and upgraded the exhaust I had better temps.
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Athlon II X4 620 OC to 3.2 GHz w/ stock cooling! - Overclock.net - Overclocking.net

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