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Budget E6420 build advice wanted

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May 6, 2007 5:35:52 PM

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??


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May 6, 2007 6:16:44 PM

I'd say Gigabyte DS3 mainboard, 2GB of DDR2-667MHz RAM, and an E4300. It may have less cache than the E6420, but it's got a higher multiplier, so it will overclock higher.
May 6, 2007 6:27:31 PM

Are you saying the E4300 will give me better overall performance since it will overclock easier??
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May 7, 2007 12:09:26 AM

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
May 7, 2007 12:31:35 AM

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).
May 7, 2007 6:37:15 AM

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
May 7, 2007 11:10:23 AM

Thanks for the input. Looks like the E4300 is the Best Bang for the buck processor. What Mother board to overclock with works best with this processor? and what RAM would you put with it?

May 7, 2007 11:14:09 AM

The gigabyte DS-3 is good. You can use DDR2-667 for that setup. If 800 is almost the same price, go for it.
May 7, 2007 1:26:42 PM

even with the rebate, its $20 more. Not worth the trouble.
May 7, 2007 1:32:24 PM

Be sure to get the Rev 1.3 version of this board.
It adds in official support for 1333 FSB.

Nothing u need at the moment, but no need to get the older board.
Both are available new egg so you just need to be alert to order the newer model which actually costs less for some odd reason.
May 7, 2007 1:41:15 PM

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
May 7, 2007 2:27:47 PM

Yes, there is a 3.3 version, but NewEgg appears to be selling revs 1.0 and 1.3.

The 1.3 specifies 1333FSB support while the other version they have listed only supports 1066FSB though they don't specify the rev. Unless the specs are wrong, it would be rev 1.0
May 7, 2007 4:45:45 PM

Where do I find the REV 3.3??