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post #1 of 5 Old 09-29-2006, 10:12 AM - Thread Starter
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Helo people,

I have been reading this forums for the last couple of days and have been intrigued about how little I know about overclocking, yet how interesting it is. I have lots of hands on experience with computers and built my current one but its already a dinosaur.

I was planning to upgrade my computer with the following components, any input would be greatly appreciated.

GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3
Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3250620AS 250GB
SAPPHIRE 100156L Radeon X1600PRO 256MB - how much difference would it be from my current Ati Radeon 9800pro?

I currently have an antec modular ps, 550w

I have a question regarding memory

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) has been highly recommended in the site, but my question is how much will the performance of my system will suffer if I only get 1 stick of 1GB 1st then buy a 2nd one later on?

Thanks a lot in advance for any info,

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Well, there is the fear of discontinuement for the certain product (recently G.Skill discontinued their DDR500 HZ) , and a chance of both sticks not running in dual channel.

The x1600pro should be noticeably faster than your 9800pro.....but I'd suggest a x1900xt (256mb) or x1900gt if you could stretch your price a bit.

A64 3500+ > X2 3800+ > E6300 > X4 640 > Phenom II N970 > G3220

6800GS > X1950pro > 8800GT > 460GTX > HD6470M > HD7700GHZ
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The video card is definately an upgrade, but I think you can get a better rig for the total budget..I'll post some suggestions later. I don't think that the G.Skill's will be discontinued any time soon, but the fear for it not running dual channel is real (It likely will run dual channel, but it just might not). The initial performance hit with one stick will exist, but it won't be that horrible.

The DDR 500 HZ's were likely taken out of production due to the lack of quality of the newer DDR RAM chips G.Skill received (or so they said), and likely because of the shrinking DDR market and a stronger focus on the DDR2 market.
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Here are some cheaper alternatives for most parts, while upgrading the video card:

MoBo: GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3 Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 $115.99
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz $180.00
RAM: G.SKILL 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) $119.99
Video: SAPPHIRE 100189L Radeon X1900GT 256MB GDDR3 $195.99
HDD: Western Digital Caviar RE WD1600YS 160GB 7200 RPM $64.99

Total: $676.96

Obviously, this is cutting cost on every part, while still maintaining close to the same performance: the S3 is the same as the DS3, only without the solid capacitors; the E6300 still overclocks very nicely; the RAM has CAS5 and might not overclock as hot as the HZ, but still is very good; HDD is smaller, but 16MB cache; and of course video beats the pulp out of the X1600PRO.
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