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I have an HP model# m7480n it has a Pentium D 930 at 3.00GHz socket 775. I have upgraded the video card to a BFG Nvidia Geforce 7900gt oc, and the psu to a BFG 650watt psu. I am wondering if anyone has any good overclocking friendly mobo's in mind? I am going to be upgrading the mobo and cooling system. I would appreciate any and all advice thanks!
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post #2 of 12
Are you looking to go air cooling or water cooling? Also, will you be buying a new case or no? That HP isnt going to be an HP much longer!
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Hi, and welcome to the forum!

You probably need a new case indeed... the HP case might be mATX, although not sure about that.

I would get a good Intel P965 Express based motherboard. They overclock very well, and are Core 2 Duo ready (some even Core 2 Quad) Some examples:
GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3 $115.99 - good budget board, no RAID on southbridge, only on secondary controller on the PCI-E Bus.
GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 $142.99 - same as the S3, but better components (solid capacitators). Same issue with RAID.
ASUS P5B-E $157.99 - good board
ASUS P5B Deluxe $194.99 - very good board, with excellent overclocking results.

I am pretty certain the ASUS boards will support Core 2 Quad, but not too sure about the Gigabytes. What I ahve heard, only rev.2 of the Gigabyte boards support the Core 2 Quad. My personal pick would be one of the Asus boards.

If you want Crossfire or SLI, get an Intel 975X based board, like the Asus P5W DH Deluxe.
    
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Right now I don't want to upgrade my cpu. Is the pentium d 930 a good cpu to overclock? If I had to get a new case I would, I'm looking to spend under $600 for this upgrade.I am looking to go with an air cooled system. Santa Claus is bringing this stuff because I've been a good boy. I am weeks away from being A+ certified but CompTIA doesn't teach you this stuff.
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post #5 of 12
You don't need to upgrade the CPU. Sorry for the misunderstanding

I am saying that those boards will do well with your D 930, but are also ready for more advanced CPUs, including Core 2 Quad in several cases.

For $600, I'd get the Asus P5B Deluxe (or the P5W DH Deluxe if you plan dual graphics like Crossfire or SLI), a new case, and a good air cooler. You'll have money to spare.
    
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Originally Posted by Chozart
For $600, I'd get the Asus P5B Deluxe (or the P5W DH Deluxe if you plan dual graphics like Crossfire or SLI), a new case, and a good air cooler. You'll have money to spare.
Chozart beat me to it.
post #7 of 12
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OK cool any advice on a Fan/Heatsink?
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Scythe SCINF-1000 120mm $49.99

There are other good ones, but this is one of the best. Bit heavy though.
    
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Alright seems like I'm getting a good list going. Better e-mail it to santa!
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post #10 of 12
hehehehe good luck

Hey, do check a bit closer to Christmas. There are a couple of new boards that should be out befor that time. I know DFI will release an ATI RD600 based board soon (x16, x16 Crossfire) and there should be a better version of the nVidia 590 board by then (one that actually overclocks).
    
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