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October 20, 2009 6:03:14 AM

Hi all,

What motherboard is good for overclocking?
Nothing is overclocked!!!
cpu- e5200
gpu- Sapphire Ati Radeon 4870 512mb
memory- 2x2 gb (4gb) @800mhz(not sure about timing)
psu- LSP 550 watt
motherboard- gateway MS7399 (according to occt)
Hard drive- 640gb serial II ata, 7200 rpm, 3.0gbs,
case- gateway dx
This is a gateway dx series computer with a new video card and psu installed.
I am running on Windows vista home premium 64-bit
I am planing to get a new case, most likely this one but not sure
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...
and motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
if they are good for overclocking, I can't tell how a motherboard is capable of overclocking hardware, I never overclocked anything.
I am planning to go with windows 7 home premium complete (not upgrade) next year.
Well that is all the information that I kow.
Thank you in advanced
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October 20, 2009 7:06:18 AM

bigal18 said:
Hi all,

What motherboard is good for overclocking?
Nothing is overclocked!!!
cpu- e5200
gpu- Sapphire Ati Radeon 4870 512mb
memory- 2x2 gb (4gb) @800mhz(not sure about timing)
psu- LSP 550 watt
motherboard- gateway MS7399 (according to occt)
Hard drive- 640gb serial II ata, 7200 rpm, 3.0gbs,
case- gateway dx
This is a gateway dx series computer with a new video card and psu installed.
I am running on Windows vista home premium 64-bit
I am planing to get a new case, most likely this one but not sure
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...
and motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
if they are good for overclocking, I can't tell how a motherboard is capable of overclocking hardware, I never overclocked anything.
I am planning to go with windows 7 home premium complete (not upgrade) next year.
Well that is all the information that I kow.
Thank you in advanced


All of that hardware is fine. The MSI motherboard is a better bargain because it has more features.
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October 20, 2009 11:54:04 AM

And once you get your parts:

This should be your first stop.
HOWTO: Overclock C2Q (Quads) and C2D (Duals) - Guide v1.6.1
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/240001-29-howto-overc...

This should be your second stop. You need to know something about thermal management or you can fry your CPU. It's actually kind of difficult to fry a modern CPU, but it is possible.
Core 2 Quad and Duo Temperature Guide
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/221745-29-core-quad-t...

Third stop will be a guide for your particular motherboard. Google is your friend.

You should be able to reach 2.8 - 3.0 GHz with stock cooler. For anything higher, you will need better cooling. Here are two under $50 heatsinks that are pretty popular:
Sunbeam
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Xigmatec Dark Knight
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

They both require a somewhat different approach to applying thermal compound.
Suggestions for applying thermal compound:
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

And they are pretty large, so they might not fit inside your case.

Go through the first two threads. Do not do anything until you have a good idea about what you are trying to do. Once you have definite questions (you will, you will :) ), come back and ask.

Keep in mind that these are guides, not cookbooks. YMMV. Your Mileage May Vary. Because of all the variables, you may not do as well as someone else with a similar system. Or you might do better.
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Overclocking since 1978 - Z80 (TRS-80) from 1.77 MHz to 2.01 MHz
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October 20, 2009 4:49:22 PM

This is quite a bit overwhelming, maybe I while overclock, but I am starting to doubt it for now. I have some experience on computers but not enough.
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October 20, 2009 5:53:13 PM

The ASUS P5P43TD Pro LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
calls for DDR3 memory. You don't want that.
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October 21, 2009 2:22:38 AM

evongugg said:
The ASUS P5P43TD Pro LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
calls for DDR3 memory. You don't want that.

That is fine with me, I will spend the extra $60-80. Just as long as everything else is fine. What is wrong with ddr3?
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October 21, 2009 2:29:12 AM

Crashman said:
All of that hardware is fine. The MSI motherboard is a better bargain because it has more features.

Thank You
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October 21, 2009 11:46:48 AM

Nothing wrong with DDR3. Just wanted to save the extra expense.
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