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i've been thinking of maybe building a $300 pc and overclocking the **** out of it! i'd think it would be a fun little experiment and i might be able to turn it into a science project for school .

could any of you guys recommend old crappy cards that are good for oc'ing?
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old crappy cards that are good for oc'ing
Sounds a bit contradictory...
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i could probably bump up my budget to 500 bucks plus good cooling
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i've been thinking of maybe building a $300 pc and overclocking the **** out of it! i'd think it would be a fun little experiment and i might be able to turn it into a science project for school .

could any of you guys recommend old crappy cards that are good for oc'ing?
7600 gt, hands down. The volt pencil mod pushed mine beyond the depths of the 74th gate into the 310th universe of coolness.
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instead of wasting your money.. you could upgrade your pc to something nice.... eh
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post #7 of 12
Serisouly, if you were going to drop 500 on a new computer to oc why not drop 500 on a sandybridge CPU + 1155 mobo? that will give you some serious performance increases
    
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post #8 of 12
imma have to agree with the dominant view here

i just spent $400 on pretty much building a new comp with the intention of OCing it

tbh i should have bought 1 or 2 new nice bits instead and kept the rest.

because i went and got 8gbs of mem i ended up having to upgrade to win7 which only added extra cost because my single 5670 couldn't really handle anything on it. cheapest option was just to get 2nd 5670 since warrenty was out on the first one, and with a bit of oc'ing it does fine now, but most older games fall over when trying to crossfire.

still, it's been a learning experience, and i think a healthy one.

long story short, if you are currently on dual core 3ghz or more then stay there (for now), mobo's are srs bzns so read up on the individual componants and see what fits your needs. ideally have atleast 500w psu with no less than 34 amps on the 12v rail. try crossfire/sli once then learn your lesson and get a single card solution and live happily ever after.
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post #9 of 12
better than a Sandy bridge, Build that rig and Donate to your school of choice!
post #10 of 12
Why all the 'get a Sandybridge' posts. The OP was pretty clear on his intentions for the machine. School project that involved pushing some older equipment to its limits is pretty interesting. Some suggestions on older equipment that will work well for it was all he was asking, not really upgrade options for a computer.
    
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