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January 2, 2007 6:27:55 AM

I'm getting ready to purchase my first build components and was wondering of the overclockability with my setup. Would it be possible for a novice, such as myself, to OC this to about 3.0ghz? I've just about maxed out my budget once I decide on a HDD. Is there anything I need to add? Any info would be greatly appreciated and respect.

Thanks in advance. here are my current specs:

Tsunami Case

Gigabyte 965P S3

Radeon X1300

FSP 700WATT

Conroe E6300

Super Talent 2x1Gig pc2 6400

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January 2, 2007 12:02:54 PM

Go with a Geforce 7600gt graphics card. It only costs about 20 bucks more and its a 256 card, not a 128. You can buy them already OC'ed from some manf. This card should also last you until you can get a Windows Vistas Compatable card once the prices drop.

You also might want to think about a E6400 ($224.00) instead of the E6300 (184.00). While both are great, the 6400 is a dream to OC. I mildly OC'ed mine from 2.1 (stock) to 2.4 (Base on a E6600 which is a couple $100 bucks more) and it actually runs cooler, and with the right memory it can go to 3.0 w/ stock cooling I have heard.

I know w/ these 2 it ups your budget $60.00, but I think your end result would be much better.

EDIT: You could make up this cost difference a little by getting a cheaper case. This is the one I bought

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Its almost $4o bucks cheaper than the one you picked out, and personally if I built another PC it would be with this case. It looks awesome in person, It has great airflow, even with the processer OC'ed it idles @ 42 celcius and rarely gets over 50 when loaded.

Make sure you get the right memory and not the 533 mhz. You can only up the frequency to 600 and keep it stable, and thats w/ good value Ram. Because with the wrong Ram your processor OC won't work.

My PC using this box is a E6400 OC'ed 2.4, ASUS P5N32 SE SLI Deluxe mobo2 GB Ram, Creative X-fi sound card, 7600GT OC'ed, 250 Hard Drive.
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January 2, 2007 12:30:47 PM

If you do nothing else, get a better graphics card.
An extra 20-30 dollars here will bring you way more performance for gaming than overclocking will get you.
Like jlf2n stated, a 7600gt would be a lot better than the 1300, and not much more $.
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January 2, 2007 12:50:28 PM

yes very correct the guys here are vista will put your graphics card under stress ,so go for a higher radeon or the 7600GT minimum requirment for the vista eye candy
January 4, 2007 12:58:14 PM

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Go with a Geforce 7600gt graphics card. It only costs about 20 bucks more and its a 256 card, not a 128. You can buy them already OC'ed from some manf. This card should also last you until you can get a Windows Vistas Compatable card once the prices drop.


Both x1300 and 7600gt will run Vista just fine. Future games (and some current dx9 ones) are another story. Also, by 256, I assume you mean mb of RAM. Cause both cards are 128bit.