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New build, anything look bad?

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June 17, 2008 12:32:44 PM

Case: Antec 900
Mobo: Asus P5Q Pro
CPU: E8400
PSU: Corsair 650TX
GPU: Asus 8800GT
RAM: 2x2 Patriot Extreme Performance DDR2 800
HDD: 500GB Seagate Barracuda
DVD: Sony Optiarc DVD/CD burner with LightScribe
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek S963
OS: Vista Ultimate 64 ($8 from my University)

anything bad on here? how far should I be able to overclock this?

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June 17, 2008 1:49:27 PM

~4ghz. Beyond 4.2ghz, the cpu will need a crapload of voltage which will heat up the cpu pretty fast on air.
June 17, 2008 2:03:55 PM

I was going to suggest stepping down a PSU size to the 550VX but seeing the 650TX has free shipping from NewEgg is actually less expensive ATM.
You have a good list there.

Best overclocking results depend on the "luck of the draw" in getting a good E8400 instead of an average E8400. You can expect something in the range of ~3.8Ghz - 4.0Ghz with what you've picked out.

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June 17, 2008 2:32:02 PM

?? what is a good and an average E8400???
Aren't they all thesame??
What did he pick?
June 17, 2008 2:52:12 PM

vsdagama said:
?? what is a good and an average E8400???
Aren't they all thesame??
What did he pick?
I just means how lucky he gets when he overclocks the E8400. Some processors overclock better than others even for the same model/stepping.
June 17, 2008 10:01:00 PM

Thanks for the replies, this is my first full on build so I wanted to make sure it was set up good.

I actually got the corsair 650tx for $87 shipped from buy.com (89.99 -10 from google checkout + 7 tax (stupid NYS) and free shipping) and they have the $10MIR that newegg has.

My old setup a friend put together for me needed an upgrade badly.

CPU: Athlon 64 3200+ (Socket 939 2.0GHz)
RAM: 4x512MB DDR400
HDD: WD 120GB SATAII
MOBO: Asus A8V-XE
GPU: Asus 7600GS 512MB Silent
PSU: Coolermax 450W
DVD: MAD-DOG DVD/CD burner

sold that to a coworker with my microsoft wireless keyboard/mouse and 17" 4:3 Rosewill LCD monitor for $500
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