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February 12, 2007 9:42:15 AM

I am looking to build something for my wife, something decent, now low end, after much research I bought these parts:

Item Description Quantity
19-115-004 CPU INTEL|C2D E6400 2.13G 775 2M R 1
13-131-142 MB ASUS P5N-E SLI NF650I SLI 775 1
14-143-049 VGA BFG BFGR76256GTOCE 7600GT 256M 1
20-231-098 MEM 1Gx2|G.SK F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ R 1
22-148-215 HD 320G|ST 7K 16M SATA2 ST3320620NS 1

I have never overclocked before, hopefully if I can figure it out, I read the e6400 is sick when overclocked.

My wife does not game or anything, just wanted to build her something that would last a few years.

Comments on the parts? I plan on build a gaming rig for myself later in the year. Just wanted some practice first =)

Cheers,

Rob

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February 12, 2007 10:16:31 AM

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I am looking to build something for my wife, something decent, now low end, after much research I bought these parts:

Item Description Quantity
19-115-004 CPU INTEL|C2D E6400 2.13G 775 2M R 1
13-131-142 MB ASUS P5N-E SLI NF650I SLI 775 1
14-143-049 VGA BFG BFGR76256GTOCE 7600GT 256M 1
20-231-098 MEM 1Gx2|G.SK F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ R 1
22-148-215 HD 320G|ST 7K 16M SATA2 ST3320620NS 1

I have never overclocked before, hopefully if I can figure it out, I read the e6400 is sick when overclocked.

My wife does not game or anything, just wanted to build her something that would last a few years.

Comments on the parts? I plan on build a gaming rig for myself later in the year. Just wanted some practice first =)

Cheers,

Rob


That's a very good system your wife's got there. You should persuade her to start gaming, that system is more than capable of playing any game at decent FPS!

Overclocking that CPU is easy, go into the BIOS and set the FSB to 333 instead of 266.
February 12, 2007 10:47:47 AM

No women can put down WoW & the Sims.

That list looks great. It lacks an optical driver, psu & case.
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February 12, 2007 10:50:40 AM

Thanks I wanted some reassurance on the parts, there are so many choices. You think you find the perfect part then you read a bad review and it makes you change your mind. I think she will be very happy with the system. The board claims to support quad processors. I got her a Tsunami case (she liked the colors) and a 650W thermaltake PSU for future upgrades. I am excited about the build, a lot to learn.

As far as overclocking goes, is the FSB the only thing that has to be changed? I read something about Ram timings and voltages which confused me.
February 12, 2007 11:00:11 AM

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No women can put down WoW & the Sims.

That list looks great. It lacks an optical driver, psu & case.


Funny u should say that she has the Sims and is constantly eyeing me when I play WoW. She liked the Tsunami case so we got that, and I got her a 650W Thermaltake PSU. We are going to reuse the other components from her old PC.
February 12, 2007 11:03:47 AM

damn, sweet setup - overclocking is A LOT easier than you think - if this setup is for the wifey, wondering what your planning as a build!?....
February 12, 2007 11:12:08 AM

The PSU is a toughpower. I got all the parts for less than 1k from newegg, looking back on it I guess that was a lot for a web surfer, office, and maybe playing the Sims, I just wanted something nice for her. She always get my old PC's and I get the new ones, she is using a P4 2.4 right now from Dell, 4600 I think, damn thing barely works now. Its her V-day gift lol, gotta love women who appreciated tech toy's.

As far as I go, I am waiting till Q3 for the Bearlake chipset which will have DDR3 support among other things. Hopefully a $200-300 DX10 card will be out by then. My build I budgeted $1600. Good ole IRS is pay for our PC's (tax refund). But knowing my impulsive self, I might go ahead and buy something in Q2 with the new 4mb cache chips come out.
February 12, 2007 12:19:51 PM

I just read the overclocking guide, please correct me if I am wrong, but it says to set the ram to dd2-533 @ 266fsb, so that means you are slowing down the ram to get 1:1? If thats the case why buy ddr2-800 ram? The whole ram thing confuses me so, setting the FSB higher, that's clear, but the ram effect I don't understand.
February 12, 2007 2:17:23 PM

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I just read the overclocking guide, please correct me if I am wrong, but it says to set the ram to dd2-533 @ 266fsb, so that means you are slowing down the ram to get 1:1? If thats the case why buy ddr2-800 ram? The whole ram thing confuses me so, setting the FSB higher, that's clear, but the ram effect I don't understand.


Running the FSB to RAM at 1:1 is the holy grail of overclocking. The reason to buy DDR2-800 is if you intend to get a 400FSB, which only hardcore overclockers would. DDR2-667 is the best for the average user imho. It's even good for mild overclocking (most decent DDR2-667 can easily reach 800 speeds) such as upping the FSB from 200 on an E4300 to 333. I recommend that in almost any C2D setup (even if you don't know how to overclock) get DDR2-667 and set the FSB to 333 instead of 266 and run the CPU:RAM in a 1:1 ratio.
February 12, 2007 2:35:40 PM

Since I already bought the ddr-800 it just makes the system a little more stable since it should surely be able to handle the OC I plan on doing since 667 can.

The OC guide is cool, I will just follow what it says and hopely I do not ruin any components.
February 12, 2007 4:40:18 PM

quantumsheep has said it. I've been preaching 667mhz ram & nobody listened. Ok, no big deal. You don't know the diff. between ddr400 & ddr2-667 until you see how fast it does things like memtest+. Crazy fast. Especially the 1 gig 2x512mb.

Be easy on overclocking which can void warranty & damage parts in the process. 5mhz increments are the safest.
February 12, 2007 6:04:54 PM

333 will be it for me, I do not plan on going extreme in any way, the PC is for my wife and she does not need some bleeding edge machine.
February 12, 2007 6:28:53 PM

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333 will be it for me, I do not plan on going extreme in any way, the PC is for my wife and she does not need some bleeding edge machine.


Tell me how upping it to 333 goes!
February 12, 2007 6:34:01 PM

Sorry one last question, I saw in another post that someone skipped the voltages part on the guide, what issues may that cause, I have to admit messing with the voltages does make me a tad newvous. I don't want to ruin 1k worth of parts.
February 12, 2007 6:35:38 PM

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Sorry one last question, I saw in another post that someone skipped the voltages part on the guide, what issues may that cause, I have to admit messing with the voltages does make me a tad newvous. I don't want to ruin 1k worth of parts.


Don't worry, if you're only upping the FSB to 333 the voltages should be kept at stock. You could possibly up the voltages on the RAM a tad, but if you're only overclocking to 333 there's no need too.
February 12, 2007 6:46:09 PM

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Sorry one last question, I saw in another post that someone skipped the voltages part on the guide, what issues may that cause, I have to admit messing with the voltages does make me a tad newvous. I don't want to ruin 1k worth of parts.


Don't worry, if you're only upping the FSB to 333 the voltages should be kept at stock. You could possibly up the voltages on the RAM a tad, but if you're only overclocking to 333 there's no need too.

Thanks for all you advice and answers, the parts have shipped and I should be up and running by this weekend. If all goes well i shall steal the machine to play WoW =).
February 12, 2007 6:52:40 PM

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Sorry one last question, I saw in another post that someone skipped the voltages part on the guide, what issues may that cause, I have to admit messing with the voltages does make me a tad newvous. I don't want to ruin 1k worth of parts.


Don't worry, if you're only upping the FSB to 333 the voltages should be kept at stock. You could possibly up the voltages on the RAM a tad, but if you're only overclocking to 333 there's no need too.

Thanks for all you advice and answers, the parts have shipped and I should be up and running by this weekend. If all goes well i shall steal the machine to play WoW =).

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February 16, 2007 10:36:14 PM

Little update, not all good I am afraid.

Got the parts Thursday, put it all together in 2 hours and fired it up, I watched in amazement that it actually WORKED!! No one was more suprised than me lol. I then followed some advice I read and updated the bios to 0401... not through windows either, now I cannot access the bios, when you try to access the bios a blank screen appears. After some reasearch , clearing the cmos fixed it -- i have a lot to learn.

So I was installing my programs and such and I noticed the PSU getting kind of toasty, I took a closer look and the fan is NOT working... I assume maybe it has some sort of sensor and comes on automatically. I checked with Thermaltake to make sure, they said no the PSU fan should always be on, RMA it...

I have a Tsunami case, so to get the PSU out you have to take out the ram, cpu cooler and be very careful while taking it out, there are connectors up top that break easily. I think I got it out safely, so 18 bucks for shipping later I am waiting for a new PSU.

I was getting ready to OC it to =( I had an earlier problem where the CPU at idle was like 50 C, the heatsink was not firmly in, I was afraid to press to hardly, after I snapped the other pins in, it dropped to 38.

Oh well I am dead in the water till I get a new PSU.
February 17, 2007 1:18:39 AM

There's always a risk that any component can be faulty. Lucky you realized early however! Hope the new PSU is good and i wish you best of luck.
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