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post #1 of 9 Old 12-08-2008, 05:10 AM - Thread Starter
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So I'm building a new computer from te ground up and was hoping I could get some recomendations about three things I cannot decide upon. Everything in my sig is what I'm proposing to build (If something is left out, I just forgot to enter it in).

I have everything I need except my mobo, ram, & gpu. I'll be usin' this machine almost exclusively for gaming (far cry 2, call of duty 4, etc.)

Since I'm to $694 on the dot, I would like to keep the selection of my final three components to $300-$500.. Any way I can make it work?



Also.. I plan on overclocking once I've researched all i'll need to know to get a basic understanding and was also wondering if there are any of the things in my sig that i can do without or maybe downgrade (i.e. the E8400 - but still get some comparable overclockability) so I can add more money in the mobo/gpu pot...

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btw I'm getting a monitor (not apart of this budget on any level)... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824236049

I would like to play on a high resolution (1920 x 1080...eventually upgrade to SLi/Crossfire once I can get more cash) and hopefully achieve fps that would beat a xbox 360/ps3 in terms of benchmarks..

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For motherboard: Decide if you will do Xfire or SLI in the future, or non at all.

Video card will be determine by the motherboard you choose. At that resolution, GTX260 or 4870 1gig.

I've had OCZ, Patriot, GSkil, Kingston, memory to me doesn't really matter. My only advice is to get the max amount first for your budget(4 gig), then consider speed and other factors.

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Just buy Asus P5Q Pro as a motherboard and Intel E8400, don't buy extra money for Intel of E8600, because it's basically the same as E8400, but with higher stock clocks.
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Just buy Asus P5Q Pro as a motherboard and Intel E8400, don't buy extra money for Intel of E8600, because it's basically the same as E8400, but with higher stock clocks.
i 2nd that.

I even have E8600 its not worth it at all. I rather go with QuadCore

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With the e8xx cpus, you really need to watch for batch numbers. It does seem that every 8600 i have seen oc'd has gone far past 4ghz, while my 8400 maxes out at 3.8 ghz. Some of the 745,747 batch # 8400's will go as far as 4.4 ghz. They all over clock amazingly but it does seem that the 8500 and 8600 tend to reach higher overclocks.

This is just my observations on the forums here, i lurk around alot and watch for people that get high oc'd e8xx cpus.

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With the e8xx cpus, you really need to watch for batch numbers. It does seem that every 8600 i have seen oc'd has gone far past 4ghz, while my 8400 maxes out at 3.8 ghz. Some of the 745,747 batch # 8400's will go as far as 4.4 ghz. They all over clock amazingly but it does seem that the 8500 and 8600 tend to reach higher overclocks.

This is just my observations on the forums here, i lurk around alot and watch for people that get high oc'd e8xx cpus.
You couldn't get your E8400 with so high voltage.

I got mine at 4.05 GHz, just increasing the voltage to 1.20V in BIOS!
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I have a E8600 gaming machine see my sig. If you have any questions I'll try to help.
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I hope you didn't already spend the money on that E8600. If you did, I would try selling it and getting an E8400 or E8500 and use the saved money toward your motherboard/GPU/RAM. Sure, an E8400 might not scream past 3.8GHz, but I doubt you'll see a noticeable difference between 3.8GHz and 4.0GHz. The price difference is basically for the multiplier which will make overclocking easier with an E8600, but an E8400 shouldn't have a problem doing 9x425 for 3.825GHz.

For RAM, just look at CAS 5 2x2GB DDR2-1066 kits and go from there.

For your motherboard, decide if you want to go CrossFire/SLI down the road. If not, I highly recommend getting a P45 board. I'm not sure what the nVidia equivalent is, but I would guess 750i. If you do, you will want a X48/780i/790i board. Your video card doesn't necessarily dictate your selection, but it would be wise to buy a CF-capable motherboard for an ATI product and likewise with SLI and nVidia.


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