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post #1 of 11
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After putting up with my Coppermine for WAY too long.
I have decided to make the plunge.
I came up with this budget minded C2D build.
I realize the RAM may be a weak point, but don't plan to heavy OCing at first and may replace with some higher quality faster sticks in the future.
I'm also uncertain about the PSU

Any comments would be appreciated.

Cooler Master Centurion 5 Blue 380-Watt
E6300
Gigabyte 965P-S3
Ultra Dual Channel 1024MB PC4200 DDR2 533MHz Memory (2 x 512MB)
GeCube Radeon X850 Pro Gold Edition / 256MB GDDR3
Hitachi / 250GB / 7200 / 8MB / SATA-300

Total $720

Anyone see any improvements I can make without jacking up the $$$.

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 11
Swap the X850 Pro for a 7600GT. Shouldn't be more than $10 more, and it may be less due to the amount of X850 PRO's left over dropped a big amount.

Go for a DS3 if you can. Also, get a good PSU. Don't use the one with the case.
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post #3 of 11
The DS3 and the S3 are EXACTLY the same except for solid capacitors. (which only add 2-3 years to the lifespan of the board) Save the 50 over the DS3. Other than that get rid of the x850 for somehting newer and youll be set
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post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by ThaWaxShop
The DS3 and the S3 are EXACTLY the same except for solid capacitors. (which only add 2-3 years to the lifespan of the board) Save the 50 over the DS3. Other than that get rid of the x850 for somehting newer and youll be set
Yeah...going by how long he kept that P3, he's gunna need that 2-3 years.
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LOL P3. I got my P4 3 years ago now so he must have had his for a mighty long time... dear me..
    
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post #6 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by ThaWaxShop
The DS3 and the S3 are EXACTLY the same except for solid capacitors. (which only add 2-3 years to the lifespan of the board) Save the 50 over the DS3.
What's the highest you can take the E6600 on that S3? Can it do the 500fsb that the DS3 can? Any issues so far with the S3?
post #7 of 11
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I also have 2 company machines that I've been using mainly.
A P4 2.7 and a PowerBook G4.

I have been limping by surfing the net and such on this P3.

Finally broke down and want better personal box.
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C2D E6300 Gigabyte DS3 X800GTO 256Mb GDDR3 3GB (2x512Mb) & Team 667 (2x1Gb) Team Dark 667 
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7200.10 250 & 7200.9 160 XP Pro SP2 LG L194WT & Sharp 42LC62D NUUO 550W 
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CoolerMaster Centurian 5 
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C2D E6300 Gigabyte DS3 X800GTO 256Mb GDDR3 3GB (2x512Mb) & Team 667 (2x1Gb) Team Dark 667 
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7200.10 250 & 7200.9 160 XP Pro SP2 LG L194WT & Sharp 42LC62D NUUO 550W 
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CoolerMaster Centurian 5 
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post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Nasgul
What's the highest you can take the E6600 on that S3? Can it do the 500fsb that the DS3 can? Any issues so far with the S3?
Booted @ 400fsb so far stable in sp2004 @ 370 FSB. Havent really played too much. This is all on the stock cooer. When my vapochill gets here ill show you what it can do.
here is a conversation direct with a gigabyte tech rep

Quote:
Question 1: What is the difference between the 965p-ds3 and 965p-s3?

Response: Their is no difference except for the solid state capacitors on the ds3.

Question 2: Does not having the solid state capacitors on the s3 affect overclocking on core 2 duo.

Response: The solid state capacitors have no impact or bearing on the boards ability to overclock. The solid state capacitors are used for long term durability.

Question 3: When you say durability can u elaborate on that?

Response: By durability I mean the S3 board will last probably about 3-4 years. The DS3 will last 5+ years.

Question 4: The DS3 is shown to hit high FSB speeds above 400 easily. Can that be expected or attained on the S3?

Response: Again as I mentioned the boards are the same and we have reached those speeds in testing.
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
WD Caviar SE16 250GB Microsoft XP / Kubuntu BenQ 20.1 LCD Saitek Eclipse Blue 
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post #9 of 11
I thought the beefy caps were because they would carry more currnent thus making the system able to achive a stable and higher overclock than those with low grade.

370fsb is pretty good for the price.
post #10 of 11
Ya its a really great board for the price and im sure i can push it farther with better cooling. Stock cooler is holding me back
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WD Caviar SE16 250GB Microsoft XP / Kubuntu BenQ 20.1 LCD Saitek Eclipse Blue 
PowerCaseMouse
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
WD Caviar SE16 250GB Microsoft XP / Kubuntu BenQ 20.1 LCD Saitek Eclipse Blue 
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