Sorry I thought you wanted to overclock since your topic is let me overclock.
If you o/c, get an e4300/e6300/e6400. o/c it to 6600 speed. If you don't o/c, get e6600 & run everything at stock speeds.
It's hard to answer the question. I have to look at various reputable reviews & benchmarks of a particular pc part to determine whether it is good for overclocking. I do not know everything. Nor do I claim to.
Too bad it's out of stock. I'd take this over the Antec. Has 580W & 30A combined on +12V rails.
Hiper HPU-4M580 Type R 580W ATX2.2 PSU - Black
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£58.74 inc VAT
ETA: 31/01/07 Out of Stock
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Sorry i've had a change of mind about overclocking. The thing is, i need a stable system(0 Chrashes, or it costs me money).
However... I realise in the future my PC will be slow for newer games, so having the Overclocking ability seems to be a HUGE PLUS.
So although i want to overclock, if it rises the price to high(I.e. requiring faster components) then maybe its not worth the exra cost. However having the ability is, a massive bonus if prices are similar
Motherboards and RAM puzzle me, how do you ever know which one to chose? with CPUS and GFX there seem to be good reviews and comparisons.
I think i may go for the 7900GS or shall i go with your choice? Ill be playing flight sims and some first person shooters.
However mainly its for applications(poker) this system
Spending a lot of time on computers, it's hard to not know a good overclocking setup when you see one. Just like sports, how do you know if the English soccer team is good? What about the French team that just lost the world cup to Italy? I think you get the idea.
7900gs isn't the best bang for the buck. It sure runs cooler & quiet. The x1950pro is much faster for about the same price. It runs kind of hot & loud.
It's your money. I won't tell you how to spend it. I made a suggestion. You make the move.
I'd say don't overclock for the first 1-2 years. After the 1st year, you have basically gotten rid of all troublesome components (like faulty RAM, a bad HSF, unstable PSU, etc). Then it would probably be best time to do some overclocking; your warentees are pretty much gone and you are in need of a bit of a speed boost to keep up with others. In 2 years there will be 45nm CPUs, DDR3, DX10 as a standard, etc.
If you had the time, I'd say buy a GeForce 8600 Ultra at the end of the month; a bit of a premium but you'll have waited for a while.
I'm looking at a new rig in March; the latest stuff at under $900!