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Buying new custom PC for overclocking, info required plz

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February 8, 2007 7:45:09 AM

Good morning

Hoping anyone here could help me spot any potential probs i have with my 'wish list' new buy of a PC. I have removed any buyer links incase you forbid it, but they are all from eb**er.co.uk :) 

- Core 2 Duo E6300 1.86ghz - Skt775 Fsb1066 2mb Cache Boxed In
- Asus P5b Deluxe wifi ap Lga775 Core 2 Duo P965 Fsb1066 8gb DDR2 Sata - Dual Gigabit Lan Wifi Audio Firewire ATX (really looking for a cheaper option as I do'nt need wifi an such, but it does need to be a good mobo for overclocking - been pointed to the P5B Deluxe as an alternative)
- Arctic Cooling (AC-FRZ-7P) Freezer 7 Pro Socket 775 CPU Cooler
- Sapphire X1950Pro 256MB 256bit GDDR3 Dual DVI TVO HDCP PCI-E
- Corsair (TWIN2X2048-6400C4) XMS2-6400 2048MB 4-4-4-12 2X240 DIMM - Black XMS2 Heat Spreader E.P.P (Enhanced Performance Profiles)

Thermaltake Soprano VB1000BWS Black Mid-Tower Case with Side Window - No PSU

Coolermaster IGreen 600W PSU - 85% Efficiency 8pin ATX12V v2.2 120mm Fan

Seagate 7200.10 320GB SATAII/300 8.5ms 7200RPM 16MB Cache - OEM

As for usage. I would like to say 50/50 work and gaming but the honest truth is it will be 80% gaming and 20% work (photoshop / layout applications). I really wnt to put together a pc that will last me another 3 - 4 yrs.

I will prob upgrade the ram to 2gig paired, same brand just the 2x 1gig sticks. OS will stick with XP as vista is just too buggy for my liking (or atleast I'm worried half my stuff won't work as I last tried the beta 2)

Thanks in advance. Please just tell me if I should think of an alternative or I am missing something from the equation.
February 8, 2007 12:37:32 PM

Don't forget the optical drive and, since you say you will be using photoshop, do you need a card reader?
February 8, 2007 1:07:51 PM

How much is that RAM ? And go for the Gigabyte DS3 motherboard - £71 from scan.co.uk.

Apart from that it looks good, might spend a few extra quid on an E6400 for the higher multiplier though.
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February 8, 2007 1:10:02 PM

Thanks for all the feedback. I am going to slap in 2gigs of ram, Cossair
February 8, 2007 1:57:38 PM

Thank you for the links. I didn't think there was anything wrong with the cossair ram?
February 8, 2007 2:27:02 PM

Oh no theres nothing wrong with it - it's very good RAM but you could spend less and use the money saved to get a better graphics card or something
February 8, 2007 3:06:08 PM

Are you still going with the P5B? I also suggest the DS3, less features but less money too!
February 8, 2007 4:14:28 PM

Evening. I am indeed going with the DS3 but ebuyer do not stock that so took the next model up (still compatable an such) the DS4.

Gigabyte GA-965P-DS4 Socket 775 Onboard Audio SATA ATX

Complete order listed below. Slightly more than what I wanted to pay but in the end its a PC that will last me a long time (as long as I dn't blow it up overclocking it :)  )

1 x Thermaltake Soprano VB1000BWS Black Mid-Tower Case with Side Window - No PSU
1 x Core 2 Duo E6300 1.86ghz - Skt775 Fsb1066 2mb Cache Boxed In
1 x Seagate 7200.10 320GB SATAII/300 8.5ms 7200RPM 16MB Cache
1 x Arctic Cooling (AC-FRZ-7P) Freezer 7 Pro Socket 775 CPU Cooler 105994
1 x Gigabyte GA-965P-DS4 Socket 775 Onboard Audio SATA ATX
1 x Corsair 2GB Kit (2x1GB) DDR2 PC2-6400 (TWIN2X2048-6400C4D) DOMINATOR
1 x Antec TruePower Trio 650W PSU - With 3x 12v Rails and 120mm Fan
1 x MSI X1950PRO 512MB GDDR3 DVI VIVO PCI-E
February 10, 2007 9:03:05 PM

You're overclocking right? Change the E6300 for a E4300 add a Arctic Freezer Pro and the DS3 and you're all set! Oh and this chip can O/C well on DDR2 667 Ram.

Good luck!
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