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Old April 12, 2008, 10:28 AM
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Hello everyone, I am a long time reader first time poster.

I just want to share my super cheap but nice OC with all of you

CPU: E2160 M0
MB: Gigabyte P35-DS3L (Bios F7)
RAM: Kingbox ddr2 667 (1024MB)
PS: Generic 430 watt (came in a 40.00 case)
hdd: Seagate 7200.10 250GB 16MB single platter (HDtach 86.4 MB/s read speed)
Video: Palit HD2400Pro Sonic 256MB (with anoying hyper mem)
Case: Generic case that came with the 430w PS

I know this is a VERY plain system and it is no mystery that the cpu/MB are a great OC combination but what I am stunned @ is the 28.00 ram that runs @ 880mhz with 5-5-5-15 timeings (keep in mind this is ddr2-667) @ 1.8v and it can hit 1000mhz with 2v with slightly looser timeing, I know this isnt hi perf ram or anything but for 28.00 the bang for the buck is awesome!

The CPU I picked up has a very slim/low profile all alum heat sink so I dont expect much from it but it runs @ 51 Deg c under full load after 20 min @ 300x9
If I push it to 333x9 the crap psu I have just dosnt have the stable power to let it happen (it will boot and run windows but will reboot after about 10 sec of full load) So currently this is how I have it running (due to my lack of faith in the PSU) 300x9=2700mhz Ram @ 375x2=750mhz all @ normal voltage.
I will push it farther once I have a better psu and a heatsink that atleast has a lil copper in it (more then likely a frezer 7 pro due to the bang for buck factor)

I think for the cash this cost me It is a decent overclock pc for a tight budget.
Thanks for reading and feel free to put your .02 in.
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Old April 12, 2008, 03:07 PM
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Nice find on the RAM! Usually the highend stuff uses the same chips as the slower stuff, just they took the time to select chips that were able to meet certain specs. I suppose there's nothing to say that you couldn't luckout and get a stick full by chance.

Nothing wrong with a budget OC. Sometimes it's the challenge that's more fun then the end results.
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Old April 12, 2008, 03:54 PM
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Sweet, another to add to my slowly growing list of OC'd computers! Nice job.

I'm a fellow budget OC'er as well (minus the 8800gtx...)

Did you try to increase the voltage when you tried out 333x9? If not, then it isn't the PSU giving up, it's that the CPU doesn't have enough of the good stuff pumped to it from the PSU in the first place. If you did try it, well then, you probably were right!
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Old April 12, 2008, 04:46 PM
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I dont even want to touch voltages till I get a better psu and heatsink (this heatsink is tiny only about 1" thick and no copper base) and this psu is "430 watt" and if I know my generic psu's in reality it is only about 275 watt with a max output of 430 for about 2 seconds b4 it bursts into flames.
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Old April 13, 2008, 08:44 AM
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if you are looking for a good cheap budget HSF, the Arctic Cooler Freezer 7 Pro should do the trick. You get it for around $20.00 at Direct Canada.

My build is similar to yours. I have a E2140. I plan on setting the FSB to 375x8 and putting the voltage up to 1.35v to see what that gives me once it's built.
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Old April 13, 2008, 08:48 AM
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I dont even want to touch voltages till I get a better psu and heatsink (this heatsink is tiny only about 1" thick and no copper base) and this psu is "430 watt" and if I know my generic psu's in reality it is only about 275 watt with a max output of 430 for about 2 seconds b4 it bursts into flames.
didn't realize that it isn't the stock intel HSF but something else.
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Old April 13, 2008, 09:22 AM
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didn't realize that it isn't the stock intel HSF but something else.

This is the stock boxed hsf But I suspect that intel whent chepo on the heatsink to minimize cost as this cpu dosnt requier much cooling...if I can I will take a pic of it to show you how skimpy this hsf is. The fins are only about 19-21mm deep.
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Old April 13, 2008, 11:57 AM
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I'm a huge fan of the E2xxx series of CPUs. I'm rockin' a very similar build (M0 E2160, DS3L and ACF7P). Definitely one of the best bangs for your buck these days. My E2160 is running at 3.42Ghz (9x380) with a voltage of 1.55V in BIOS (but CPU-Z reads it as 1.488V). The ACF7P keeps it in the mid 60's C at full load. For the $180 it cost for those 3 parts, I'm extremely pleased with the results. As for your PSU, it's probably fine. I'm using a 380W PSU and I haven't had any power problems.

Like Mr. Cipher, I'm guessing it's the CPU voltage thats keeping you back from 3+ GHz. I could reach 2.7Ghz (300x9) without tweaking the voltage, but 333x9 required a slight bump to 1.375V. With a proper HSF on there, don't be afraid to raise the voltage - just make sure to check your temperatures ;)

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Old April 13, 2008, 01:12 PM
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for the price and it is in my local pc store I will pick this up for sure....pretty darn nice reviews on this hsf
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That should do that trick.
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