Reading the frontpage of THG and saw the Pent D805 OC article...it seems almost too good to be true.
Can anyone step up to the plate and provide a step-by-step guide building the mid-range OC spec rig.
SPECIFICALLY which specific Mobo, RAM, BIOS settings, RAM timings, Voltages, etc. to achieve approx 3.2-3.5GHz that will run stable WITHOUT watercooling. Other coolers are welcome Zalman, etc, however if it can remain stock cooling I'd prefer it.
The build should have the following minimum specs:
- 2GB RAM
- At least 500GB or greater hard drive storage capacity in any config (two 250gb drieves, etc)
- AT LEAST a x1800+ class Graphics card or equivelent with 512MB of RAM (single or dual if you can somehow fit it under budget).
- Xfire or SLI capable Mobo (depending on the GPU you pick)
- A DVDburner /CD burner combo
Final price should be $1200 bucks or less including tax and shipping. Remember, the build must run completely stable for day to day use including gaming.
**Case, power supply, or windows OS should NOT be included in final price since I have an extra Antec Case with a 550W SLI rated power supply and an unregistered Windows XP Home OS already.
I just bought a $3000 setup with an AMD 4400 with the above specs with a single Sapphire X1900XT 512Mb card. I will build one of the suggestions and compare it against my rig costing almsot three times as much.
Links to NewEgg specific items would be appreciated.
I've seen some truly ingenious setup suggestions in the General Homebuilt sections and hope that a super rig for about a grand could really be achieved...
D805 and ecs 945p-a $149
ST3250623A-RK 250GB PATA instore fry's $80x2 online limit 1here
xfinity 600w ps fry's $70 after ir
Pqi 2 gigs ddr667 $160
SONY Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM IDE DVD-ROM $20
LITE-ON Black 16X DVD-ROM 52X CD-R 32X CD-RW 52X CD-ROM $30
At this point you should have $510 left over for an x1900xtx OR just for fun 2 connect3D 3041 Radeon X1800GTO 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 for cross fire $229 x2 for 460
leaves you with $150 tax and shipping but then you have about $200 in MIR. Plus i gave you 2 dvd drives and a powersupply
2 stores used Frys/outpost and newegg
Pretty much my system (for little cheaper I got a none crossfire board ecs410L)except for the video cards waiting to see what the x1900gt are about
The ecs 945 motherboard is whats questionable getting the fsb past 200. It has cpu/ram/nothbridge volt adjust multiplier adjust.
It sounded good and I went for it, too, buying a P D805 online. Then I started researching mbs and how I was going to put together a whole sysem on the cheap and the answer was that it was going to cost at least $500 . This told me I should NOT ( repeat NOT) attempt it just now, because Conroe is coming out in late summer/fall and will require a whole new 775 mb . It would be a waste of money to buy a whole new system. No current 775 mb will work with Conroe, but the Conroe mbs should be backward compatible with the d805, so one needs to just cool ones heels for now. The current online and magazine advice is to NOT buy a 775 mb now. If you already had the mb and memory and the only thing you were changing was the processor, I'd say go for it. Just do an online search and it does seem people are getting the 805 to work with the less expensive Asus P5LD2 ($120-130) that uses the I945P chipset. Good luck!
Conroe wont be a good idea either just keep waiting for quad core it should be here around the corner from conroe ........thats around the corner from now. I say never buy pc stuff they are always upgrading so you'll always be waiting for the corner.
I never like buying the first run/rev of new cpus anyways.
I still dont understand how it will be a waist of money. there are people still running sckt 478 and 754 just fine and how long has it been.
another example few months everyone(mostly) was saying go dual core , cause "around the corner" games and apps are going to be multi threaded blah blah blah. ....
now conroe and am2 is coming out still waiting for multithreaded games.