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August 2, 2008 8:57:51 PM

I need to replace my dated P5N32-SLI Premium, it died and I think Asus just sent me back another dead board no post, and ALL of my other hardware works in other machines.

I want the best motherboard I can get for under $125 cheaper is better (I am thinking of stepping up my video card). I want to get my Core 2 Duo e4400 up to 3.2 GHz (multiplier of 10x so i need to reach a FSB of 1280 is needed).

I'm looking at the Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3L (I am done with asus for now btw for various reasons) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Will it reach that goal of at least 3.2 GHz?

Secondly, I looking at memory. I have never used adata before but they have a lifetime warranty. Adata PC26400 DDR2 800 MHz CAS latency of 5 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Will this work for me for the overclock I want.

Finally, in the process of figuring out my old mobo died I had to switch my proc out many times. My old AC7 cooler couldn't handle it and one of the little plastic push pins broke. So I need a new cooler that is good and in the $30 price range. Much higher then that and I will just buy another AC7. So are their any recommendations for a different cooler. I trust the AC7 cause it got my old Pentium 4 past 4.0 GHz without damaging anything.

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August 2, 2008 11:02:30 PM

Personally, I'd go with the -DS3R version for its more robust power circuitry and extra ports, but the -DS3L will work fine for your specific OC.

Adata is a reasonable second-tier brand, but this RAM from Corsair is cheaper and better: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you don't want to use the stock Intel cooler, go with another Freezer 7 Pro.
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