I have a decent system, but unfortunately my mobo sux. Its an Intel, so I cannot OC the bios at all. When my last PC died I was in a pickle and needed to get it up and running that day, so I went with what the local PC shop had on the shelves.
Im going to be purchasing a new mobo soon and a decent cooler (air) so I can get a hefty OC on the proc.
Im looking for advice, mobo brand / after market cooler. (nothing too crazy I dont feel like spending as much on a mobo as I did my GTX285)
But info is much appreciated. Also whats a realistic goal for OC'ing an E8400 for daily gaming and use?
Gigabyte makes the EP45 UD3L atx board which is highly recommended by several posters. MSI makes the G45M-FD if you need a micro atx board for your case. Both are $94.99 with free shipping at newegg. I use an asrock p45 ts-r which is about $20 cheaper but doesn't overclock as well.
I've used this board with an E and a Q. It has gotten excellent reviews (check Anandtech eg), OC's well. While use of OC software isn't recommended, ET6 (included software) gave me a 1-click OC from 3.0 to 3.6GHz if I recall correctly.