Planning on building a new system for the home. I would like to go with one of the new E6420 intel processors. I have read that these unit overclock very well when paired with the right motherboard and memory. Basically I beleive I can get a better performing unit going with the E6420 since it overclocks so well.
I have no overclocking experience so I am asking for some help in getting the right components. The last thing I want to do is buy a setup that will give me headaches trying to get it to run right. Basically I would like to set up a conservative overclock, make sure it is rock stable, and leave it alone.
I have a budget around $450 to $500 for the processor, motherboard, and memory. What do you guys recommend??
Will the Intel supplied fan and heatsink be OK on it??
Really do not agree with that. For the same amount of overclocking, they will come out with the same difference in clock speed.
4300 -stock 1.8 ghz 50% o/c 2.7
6420 -stock 2.13ghz 50% o/c 3.1 so it is all in the price/speed $118/$189
But the thing is, the E4300 will naturally be easier to overclock as it has a higher multiplier. High FSB is what really creates heat problems, so a lower FSB clock will be more stable (not to mention that both C2D's will reach roughly the same max FSB and the E4300 is considerably cheaper).
Agree that the e4300 is easier to overclock, but to what limit? Almost everyone reports topping out about 3.0ghz with the e4300. The e6420 can get to 3.0 w/ a 50% O/C not 67% or more. Compare the C2D database. The record for e4300 on air cooling is 3.413, the much shorter 6420 list (newer CPU) has one at 3.4 with the stock cooler. The Official Core 2 OverClocking Database
rev 1.3 is the older version. Newegg was getting too many returns when the rev 3.3 boards came out that they starting listing them differently. They must have bought alot of the old boards. Put both boards up for comparison and you will see the different features