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new system, about to order, input please!

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March 31, 2006 2:38:29 AM

so here it is, prices are canadian.. I would like to know if I'm getting the best bang for my buck here, if anything should be changed, swapped or whatever... I'll be doing some overclocking and gaming, here she be..


OCZ EL Gold GX XTC PC4000 2GB 2X1GB DDR500 CL3-4-3-8 184PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit
In Stock 17771 $253.98 $253.98

Coolermaster CAC-T05 Centurion 5 Aluminum ATX Tower Case 5X5.25 1X3.5 4X3.5INT SILVER-BLACK No PS
In Stock 13954 $53.99 $53.99

OCZ OCZ45012U-450W Modstream Power Supply PCI-E Ready W/ Ezmod Cable System & Blue LED Fan
In Stock 13610 $79.98 $79.98

Seagate Barracuda 300GB 7200.9 16MB 11MS SATA2 NCQ RoHS Hard Drive
In Stock 17478 $129.99 $129.99

BFG GeForce 7900 GT OC PCI-E 256MB 256BIT DDR3 SLI Ready Video Card
In Stock 17946 $379.99 $379.99

DFI LANParty UT NF4 ULTRA-D Motherboard ATX S939 NFORCE4 Ultra DDR 2PCI-E16 SATA RAID Sound LAN 1394
In Stock 13825 $139.98 $139.98

AMD Opteron 165 Dual Core Processor S939 Denmark 1.8GHZ 2MB L2 Cache 90NM Retail *IR-$30*
In Stock 16792 $363.24 $363.24
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March 31, 2006 2:57:39 AM

May I ask why you're getting DDR500 instead of DDR400 ?
March 31, 2006 2:58:38 AM

Not bad at all, however the PC3200 OCZ RAM has better CLS latency (2.5 vs 3). Very nice system, good bang for your buck, based on the DFI board and Opteron, I am guessing you are going to overclock it.
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March 31, 2006 3:07:35 AM

I wasn't sure whether to go PC3200 or PC4000, but I researched a bit and it seems that the ddr500 will be better for overclocking my opteron, am I wrong here? I don't know much about overclocking but I'm computer savvy, bit of reading and I'll be good to go.
March 31, 2006 3:10:41 AM

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I wasn't sure whether to go PC3200 or PC4000, but I researched a bit and it seems that the ddr500 will be better for overclocking my opteron, am I wrong here? I don't know much about overclocking but I'm computer savvy, bit of reading and I'll be good to go.

same here. i don't want to suggest anything about overclocking because i've never done it. except for on my video card.
March 31, 2006 3:14:19 AM

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I wasn't sure whether to go PC3200 or PC4000, but I researched a bit and it seems that the ddr500 will be better for overclocking my opteron, am I wrong here? I don't know much about overclocking but I'm computer savvy, bit of reading and I'll be good to go.


Never hard of hitting walls with PC3200 RAM while overclocking, but perhaps that would be an issue. Really up to you on which you pick, but the PC3200 seems better to me with the lower latency.
March 31, 2006 3:41:53 AM

well as I said I don't know a lot about overclocking.. but here's what I've gathered so far, DDR500 runs at 250mhz, keeping the memory clock 1:1 is better for performace, so if I get DDR500 I can up my reference clock as high as I can without crashing the memory, and the CPU will easily be able to handle whatever the memory can.. I dunno.. like I said I'm looking for input and I appreciate yours, I originally was going to get the 3200 and then I switched it, but I may still switch back..
March 31, 2006 9:12:37 PM

well I'm going with the DDR500, I just got an email back from an OCZ tech and he basically told me what I thought in better terms, because of the low multiplier on the opty 165 I'll have to up the memory clock to get the speed up on the processor, therefore making the 500 a better choice... just incase this info is helpful to anyone else..
March 31, 2006 9:33:21 PM

I like the setup. My current "debated" purchase is very much like yours. I am only hung on the Opteron 165 vs. the 3800 X2. I'll probably go with the Opteron like you did. I too am going for the 7900GT...and of course, going "bang for your buck"....I think you have a good setup :D  .
March 31, 2006 10:12:13 PM

I looked into that aswell and the opteron is definitly the better choice if you plan to do any overclocking, I wasn't really planning on it but once I looked into it it was easy to tell that overclocking is worth while with the 165, everyone seems to be able to bump it right up from 1.8 to 2.6 without problem, I'm not gonna get right into tweaking everything right out, or try to take it to the max but if it's so easy to make a quite a bit faster, why not?
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