Im looking to get a new CPU, and Im pretty sure I know what it will be but I am open for suggestions. Im looking to keep the cost down, but while still being able to overclock a good deal and have some fun with it. Heres what Ive got right now... Sorry there are no links, Im posting in a bit of a hurry. Also, I made this list up on a hardware site today sorta quickly too, so please tell me if Ive missed something vital.
Intel C2D 6300 (possibly the 6400, i keep going back and forth)
ASUS P5W DH Deluxe (975)
AC Freezer 7 Pro
Samsung 740N 17in LCD (I already have one of these, I am getting another)
Seagate 7200.10 320GB
OCZ Platinum XTC PC2-6400 (4-5-4-15)
eVGA 7600GT KO
Logitech X-530 5.1 Speakers
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE
NEC ND-3550A DVD burner
Any suggestions on good upgrades or downgrades for performance or price would be appreciated, thanks.
First off, I did forget to put the PSU on the list, whoops. PSU Im looking at is a OCZ Modstream 450W, should be more than enough for that system.
For the sound card, I kinda wanted to use something else not really for sound quality but to take the load off the cpu, but I guess its a fairly small load to begin with no?
I like how the 6300 is cheap, but I am thinking I might want the higher multiplier... Maybe I should have emphasized this more before, but Im definitly looking to overclock this as far as it goes, hence the extra cooler and the 975 chipset. Id like to get something a bit better than the AC Freezer, but Ive heard decent things about these,especially for the price. I waffled over the P5B motherboard for a while today, but ended up deciding to stay away from the 965 just because of the limits people have run into in the FSB frequency. The place Im ordering from has a P5W DH open box for a good bit cheaper than the P5B, and although Im a little nervous about the open box thing it shouldnt be too bad.
Thanks for the help from both of you, if anyone else has a suggestion please let me know. Oh, last but not least, I like the Corsair memory but it seems to come at a real premium, around maybe 60 or 70 more than the OCZ, think its really worth it? From what Ive heard, the latencies dont change a whole lot with the C2D prefetch anyway.
If you're going to overclock, I'd look for something more in the 500-550W range, just to be safe. The sound card only put a 1-2% load on the CPU.... nothing remarkable really. If you're going to be doing a lot of overclocking, grab a Zalman CNPS9500. Might be expensive, but the performance is amazing.
Yeah I was thinking the 450W would be good with only the 7600, but you are probably right as its always good to stay on the safe wide. Ive also heard great things about the Zalman cooler, that was originally the one I wanted to use before backing off a little, but again you might be right and it might be well worth it... Man I hate the tight rope walk between getting a good computer and having grocery money