I am building my first box and since I wanted maximum bang for buck and was on a very tight budget, I got the Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor. Supposedly this is very easy and safe to OC, so i wanted to try and get the performance potential out of this CPU rather than spend another $100. Could someone point me in the direction of a thread or guide on how to do this? The MOBO I ordered is the GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128372 ).
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Is this processor still considered the best "bang for the buck" for overclocking performance for a "Core 2 Duo" gaming machine? I know it was a few months ago.
Not much has changed since, i say its still up there. In the UK e7300 costs twice as much, e8400 almost 3x as much as the e5200, so to me its still a no-brainer, especially on a tight budget. Thats a good guide to start with: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/page-240001_11_0.html When you stumble on bios differences than read other peoples posts regarding OC on this board, than ask questions if needed.