Yes you can lower the multi as low as you want, IMOp these CHips have no OC limit, the frequencies they theoretically cannot hit are extremely minimal.
Do the calculation yourself, count on current ranges provided by 3960X and 3930K, these are average, every CPU can do these: as high as 106-107BLCK and as low as 90BLCK. Multiply that by 1.00, 1.25, or (90x1.67 b/c you can't do 100blck x 1.67 with current C1 or C0 steppers) and then up to 43x you have an extremely well done range of possible frequencies.
Originally Posted by Ha-Nocri
board the most important component? Not even close. CPU and GPU is what counts the most. Most cheap boards will live twice as long as their warranty...
I am sorry but if your CPU or GPU breaks you can just replace it, if your board breaks it is much harder to remove and replace, and many times when that times comes in years from then, sometimes you have to change out other components with it. THis happens all the time in the real world, the board goes and now the person has to upgrade because they have to replace more than 1 part.
IMO your CPU will OC as high as it will go, dependent on cooling and your board's power delivery and BIOS.
IMO your GPU will OC as high as it goes, only dependent on power delivery, through the PSU and the board and cooling.
IMO your memory will go as high as it will go, dependent on power delivery from the board and trace routing and CPU.
If your PSu goes, you better hope your board is good enough to die along with it in a heroic act of CPU and memory and GPu lifesaving, if its a cheaper made board, then you will lose the other components just mentioned too.
IMO yes you need memory and you need a CPU, but you definitely don't require a discrete GPU of any high cost to run a system. Sure the GPU might be the most important for game performance, and the CPU more important for data performance, but we aren't talking about performance, we are talking about the hardware itself.Edited by Sin0822 - 12/31/11 at 3:13pm