Here is what I was planning on buying. This system will be primarily for gaming (currently playing Half-Life 2, BF2, WoW, and CS:S)
As you can see below, im still not sure which route I should take for cooling my CPU.
Also, I'm planning to try and overclock my processor to some degree, however this will be my first time OCing so I probably won't be able to reach the same heights as the THG Guru's on here. Also, in terms of budget I can afford to spend about $100-200 more than what is listed below. The reason I had chosen the x800xl instead of the x850xt is that I can order the xl direct from ATI through my work (cost is only $179).
Anyway, please let me know what your opinions are on the below configuration. Any advice or comments you have are extremely appreciated. If there is any information I failed to include please let me know and I'll get it posted ASAP.
Does RAM speed affect OCing of the CPU or RAM (or both) ?
I was only planning to OC the CPU and not the video or memory unless I had a compelling case to do so. From what I've heard (correct me if im wrong), OCing memory gives a slight increase in performance with a big decrease in hardware life.
Dude, you overclock the CPU by overclocking your RAM!
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July 28, 2005 7:37:27 PM
Ram specified as PC4000 is specified to run at these speeds. You still have a lifetime warranty!
As mention you overclock the bus of the ram thus making the cpu run faster, you can alaways use memory divider to run your ram slower...
With AMD64 you get almost no performance hit but with other platform(with no on die memory controller), you loose quite a bit of performance.
IMO keeping the Ram "synched"(1:1 rati) with the CPU is alaways the best option
Get the 3700+ San Diego instead, since it has 1mb of L2 cache and you can easily overclock it from its stock 2.2ghz to 2.4ghz and then you have a 4000+. A 3800+ Venice has 512kb of L2 cache and eventhough it operates at a stock 2.4ghz the 3700+ is a better choice.