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post #1 of 19
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I've been really interested in overclocking and stuff but i travel a lot and mostly use my notebook. But now that im settled, i was waiting for the right moment to start buildin a pc. Winning a Foxconn Motherboard 975X7AA in a contest proved to be the spark i needed! I know its not a Core 2 Duo motherboard but i guess its pretty decent for a starter board. I need a LOT of help in overclocking though and would really appreciate all your sugestions on what hardware to buy for me to utilise this boards overclocking capabilities. My budget is 1200$. Please suggest parts for me to build a great gaming rig! I have the Gigabyte Poseidon casing. So 1200$ is there for the rest of the stuff! Also, any great sites for me to learn overclocking from would be really helpful! Thanx.
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post #2 of 19
Need a monitor also?

Ok, to start off... a rig without monitor/case/mobo:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz $220.00
RAM: CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) $305.00
Video: Sapphire 100168L Radeon X1900XT 256MB GDDR3 $259.99
HDD: 2X Western Digital Caviar RE WD1600YS 160GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache $129.98
DVD: LITE-ON 16X DVD±R DVD Burner W/ LightScribe $30.99
PSU: OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W $154.99

Subtotal: $1,100.95

I know I looked up prices in the US. I picked brands I think might be available easily around the world (thus Corsair instead of Corsair and OCZ instead of PC Power & Cooling)

You are buying in Pakistan? Correct?
    
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post #3 of 19
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Thanx Chozart! But as i said, the foxconn board doesnt support conroe Should i sell my mobo and go for a conroe? Cant i make a great system on Core Duo?
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post #4 of 19
Sorry.. misread your post

my bad.

I'd try indeed to re-sell it. I left some headroom in the budget. With some luck, you get a decent amount for that board, allowing you to buy sometrhing like a Gigabyte P965 DS3 for $146.99
    
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post #5 of 19
I recommend everything that Chorzort said in post #2 apart from swapping the processor with the Intel Pentium D 920. Or if you like you could go with the Pentium D 805.Then gradually upgrade to a new board and Core 2 or Core 2Quad (when it comes out) cpu.

Good luck
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post #6 of 19
Kimon: that would be nice, but selling the current mobo and getting a new one for Core 2 Duo would result in a much better performance. Although it'll cost some extra money.
    
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post #7 of 19
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I was checkin the overclocks on the 805 and they are massive! That too on a stock cooler. But i'd rather go with the 920. What is the fastest overclock i can theoretically get if i add some budget water cooling solution like Gigabyte Galaxy II? Selling i guess, wont be that easy as it'd sell at half the price here in Pakistan! Plus the parts here are expensive which is why i might get em when i go to dubai this november to attend GITEX 2006. Heard they have pretty amazing deals there!
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post #8 of 19
Ok, the D920 would be a good choice then. It also will overclock well, and you'll have the advantage of the 800MHz FSB.

Probably prices there are higher than I listed, so Core 2 Duo might be too much for you.

However, if you can find deals to fit in yuor budget, I would seriously look into Core 2 Duo. The differences are pretty obvious.

Finally, look at the Pentium D 915; same clock speeds as the D920, but cheaper. (just laking the Virtualization Technology, something you'd turn off anywayus when overclocking)
    
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post #9 of 19
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I hope i get a good deal for my board then! Im really starting to like the Conroe processors the more i check em out! Howz the E6600 if i take my budget to 1500$? Will it be worth the upgrade from E6400? And how would it overclock with the gigabyte cooling solution?
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post #10 of 19
If you have a bit more money available (and assuming stuff is not too much more expensive than here), I would look at a bit better motherboard, like the ASUS P5B Deluxe (here for $195).

Which Gigabyte cooling solution do you have?

The E6400 with the Gigabyte DS3 would overclock well, and with the Asus P5B Deluxe possibly even better. You're looking at about 3.5 GHz here with some luck. The E6600 is not really worth the extra money in my opinion (even though I have it myself - I'd have gotten the E6400 now)
    
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