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May 22, 2008 10:01:22 AM

Hey, I'm from australia so my prices vary a bit, but this is what I got:
$325 Q9300
$74 1066MHz Ram PQA 2gig
$383 Gigabyte 9800GTX
$189 800Watt PSU
$97- 500Gig W.D.
$146 Gigabyte EP35C-DS3R
Case: Antec 900 $167
Coolers: ??
Monitor: 22" LG 2MS $330
OS: Vista Home Premium $136

mm thats what i have atm, can anyone recommend on the CPU because im unsure whether to get the Q6700 or the Q9300

Err this is a noob question but, does OCing reduce the life of parts? Or if you have cooling its all good?

The Antec 900 case comes with no PSU and 4 fans, 1 200mm one and 3 120mm ones. If i wanted to OC, would i need extra coolers to put on the GPU and CPU?


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May 22, 2008 10:12:28 AM

You'll probably get a better overclock with the Q6700 because of it's higher multiplier.

Yes overclocking reducing the life of your parts, the extent of the overclock and the level of cooling will determine how much shorter the components life will be.

If you want to get a good overclock you will want an after market cooler. Xigmatec, Sunbeam Tuniq Tower are good ones. Watercooling if your up to the challenge.

You shouldn't need a special cooler for the GPU, as the stock coolers usually do a fine job.
May 22, 2008 11:25:22 AM

i see, but if i wanted to keep stock which is better suited?
Q9300 only has 6MB cache but a 1333 speed
Q6700 has 8mb cache but a 1066 speed

Whats the Cache mean and which is better to keep on stock?

i appreciated your answer lucuis thanks
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May 22, 2008 11:38:40 AM

It's a tough choice at stock, but i think i'd choose the Q9300 due to it's architectural advantage. It's supposed to be faster per clock then the previous generation. I'm not sure by how much though. The slightly high frequency on the Q6700 should be matched by the Q9300 slightly lower frequency.

Plus the 45nm chips run cooler.
May 22, 2008 1:04:31 PM

Due to the new 45nm process (9xxx series), these chips actually degrade faster (metal migration), particularly when overclocked/overvolted, than previous 65nm chips (6xxx).

Having said this, even if u oc you will probably upgrade the chip long before it dies.

Air coolers: Thermalright make awesome products, as do Noctua. Get any of their latest products and you cant go wrong. Look for a fan with a 'fluid' bearing, they are the most quiet.