As the title suggests, I'm building a new work/gaming pc centered around an e6420.
C2D E6420 @ 2.13GHz
ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus
Patriot Extreme Performance (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800
EVGA 8800GTS 640
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250 GB
Thermaltake Toughpower 600W
Lite-On 20x SATA DVD burner
Antec p180b case
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme
4x 120mm Yate Loon D12SL-12 fans
Windows Vista 32-bit OEM
I'm waiting for the first shipment of parts to arrive (sometime in the next few hours) and the rest should be here tomorrow. I'm shooting for at least a 3.5GHz on this processor, so I'll be posting build and OC updates as they happen.
I'll be playing HL2 and CS:S of course, Prey, Doom 3, Quake 4...basically everything I've already played but couldn't really enjoy on my old-ish Athlon XP 2200+ system. Vista performance issues aside, this will be a vast improvement over what I've got.
UPDATE: Everything but the CPU cooler, extra fans, PS, and HDD have arrived. Since Spiderman 3 is totally sold out for tomorrow, I'll be spending my evening building and testing.
I'm taking pictures since all of the parts have arrived, but get this.
I ordered a p180b from Newegg for 124.99....and I open the box (labeled p180) and surprise of surprises, there's a p182 sitting in there. Not the special edition, but other than being plain black and not what I would call "gunmetal," it's identical to the pictures of the 182. The new holes for water cooling are in there, as well as the fan speed selector on the back, and the thinner 120mm fan in the lower chamber. Unless there was a new 180 revision that I've never heard of, it looks like I got a free $40 case upgrade.
As for your gaming.....HL2 and CS:S are old games, and that 8800GTS will chew through them like a hot knife through butter. Even a 7600GT will handle those games. So looks like you're a bit future-proof.
Windows Vista installed and booted without a hitch, but my overclocking efforts weren't as successful.
I got as far as 2.93GHz with a 366.6 bus speed, but Orthos fails after about a second or three. I upped the voltage to just shy of 1.4 with no change. Prior to that I got a few BSODs before the voltage increase let me back into windows. I think I may have hit my wall for this board/processor combo, but I'm going to try another couple of bumps to the vCore to see if that smooths things out.
Right now I'm running the RAM unlinked at 800MHz 5-5-5-15-2T. I'm figured the loose timings on the RAM would rule it out as the problem. If anybody has any suggestions, let me know. I'd love to get to at least 3.2 before I stop.
Well man, did u follow the guide in the forums. Its great for OC'ing. Any way. Make sure to up you voltage on more than just CPU. thing such as the northbridge and take small incremental steps until you reach 3.2ghz. Also make sure that your memory is set to 1:1 divider.
I don't know about that particular cpu. my 4300 can do 3.25 something stable out of the case. i'm at 3ghz so i won't have to worry about heat.
I don't know if that mobo o/cs the same as mine. My kingston is at 5-5-5-15-1T. cpu at 1333fsb. cpu ram unlinked. voltages are above stock. Can't remember exact values. vcore is about 1.4xxx v. Don't worry about it. 1.6 is the dangerous zone. 1.5x is prolly required for over 3ghz o/c.
There's an o/c forum here that can help you go further.