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My specs are listed below. I have a MSI P965 Neo motherboard. I was wondering if i replaced the CPU cooler on my computer would my motherboard and powersupply hold me back to much?

I have heard of the impressive OC performance other people seem to have gotten out of these chips. Im just wondering if I can cash in on some of that.
Maybe get my computer up to 2.4ghz
    
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Your motherboard should be able to take you up quite a bit... not too sure about the specifics of MSI, but I think 2.4 GHz should be easy with any P965motherboard that allows overclocking.

Powersupply... no idea whether it'll hold you back, since I don't know which one you have
    
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Hmm, haven't heard great things about the Neo sorry. My friend got it to 297FSB before it walled...
post #4 of 15
I haven't heard good things about an MSI (for Core 2 Duo CPUs) good at overclocking....actually I've never heard of an MSI doing great at overclocking for an Intel CPUs. It's always been ASUS, ABIT and GIGABYTE.

Yours in particular have not heard good things either. I would highly recommend a GIGABYTE DS3 or even the S3 if you're on a budget and want a decent overclocking board. MSI? fudget'bout'it IMO.
post #5 of 15
Yeah, see if you can RMA it. The S3 I have is awesome. So far I have gotten it to 385 FSB without really trying at all. If you have a little more cash, go for the dS3 since it has solid-state capacitors.
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I have had the motherboard too long.There are a few bottlenecks in my system. I dont think its really cost effective for me to try and remove them. It doesnt effect performance at stock settings but it stops me from OCing. My stock heatsink doesnt cool the CPU very well and I would need some thing better. My powerbox is generic 400watt which is probably not good. I only have a gig of ram and It looks like my motherboard is not up to snuff either.

I think maybe I should sit this upgrade cycle through with stock settings and wait until I get my next computer.

What do you guys think?
    
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post #7 of 15
You're going to sit at stock settings with an E6300?! That beast is going to waste. Send him to another home...JK.

I really thing you should OC that thing

Wait till the RD600 or the next nvidia chipset.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by MindOfChaos
I have had the motherboard too long.There are a few bottlenecks in my system. I dont think its really cost effective for me to try and remove them. It doesnt effect performance at stock settings but it stops me from OCing. My stock heatsink doesnt cool the CPU very well and I would need some thing better. My powerbox is generic 400watt which is probably not good. I only have a gig of ram and It looks like my motherboard is not up to snuff either.

I think maybe I should sit this upgrade cycle through with stock settings and wait until I get my next computer.

What do you guys think?
Mate, almost all the 965 Express mobos have had real issues OCing with the early BIOS revisions. You should search for some BIOS updates for the mobo, and even if they don't exist now it's sure they're going to show up. Take for example the ABIT AB9 (965Express like yours) at the begining it couldn't even reach 300FSB, but with the latest BIOS reaches 450FSB...quite a decent improvement. Be patient and wait for the newer BIOS updates, it would be a real shame to keep that CPU @stock as it should work @2.6GHz easily.
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post #9 of 15
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My CPU is running at 51 C underload at the moment with the stock cooler. I know it should be cooler than it is. I tryed remounting it once. But it didnt help. I mite need to get a better cooler. But I dont want some thing thats too loud or too difficult to install.

IF i decide to OC. It depends on how much its going to cost to get my computer up to overclocking. If I only have to replace one thing and its under $100 NZD which is about $70 US then i mite go ahead.
    
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5200+ X2 2.6GHz Winsor Gigabyte 650GTX 2.5gb random brands 
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post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by MindOfChaos
If I only have to replace one thing and its under $100 NZD which is about $70 US then i mite go ahead.
A silent 120mm case fan in he rear of the case and a BIOS update should be less than 5$ . The fan should reduce the temp of your CPU by a good 3-4°C
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