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Hi,
I'm a grad student doing physics research and I need a faster computer, so I plan to build a new one over the holidays. I'm planning on getting an E6400 and 2GB of DDR2 800 RAM. I've never overclocked before and would like to get at least 3GHz but I'm not sure what motherboard to get. I'm already over budget with tax and shipping, so can you recommend a cheap (~$100) motherboard?
Thanks.
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Core 2 Duo E6400 Gigabyte 965P-DS3 GeForce 6600GT 2GB DRR2 800 
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160GB SATA DVD+-RW Win XP Pro 
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160GB SATA DVD+-RW Win XP Pro 
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post #2 of 7
Gigabyte GA-965P-S3. Great cheap board unless you need RAID.
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http://www.overclock.net/intel-build...rig-build.html
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post #4 of 7
Just watch out and make sure you don't get the GA-965G-S3. That's the version with onboard video, and doesn't overclock nearly as well as the 965P chipset does.
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DS3...drop down to 1gb if you need to...the board is a must, pretty much.
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post #6 of 7
I have worked with 8 sticks (so far) of Corsair value 667Mhz DRAM. This dram easily makes the 800MHz FSB with 2.1v.

You can save some money getting an E6300 and clock it to 2.8Ghz (400 x 7) with that value dram on a Gigabyte 965p-S3. You will not have to increase the voltages of either the core or MCH with this overclock and will be able to run it with the stock heatsink and stock Northbrige cooler. This overclock is not extreme enough to need extra cooling and since the MOSFETS and CAPACITORS are not doing extra voltage duty you will not have to move to the DS3 vs the S3 since the only difference between the DS3 and the S3 is the solid Capacitors. There is absolutely no other difference and overclocks will be the same on both boards.

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2 X Callisto Deluxe 25nm 60GB Plextor PX-B910SA 4x Blu-ray DVD-RW Win7 64 2 x Samsung 275T+ 
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post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the help.
I think I'll just go with the DS3 and forget about the budget. Thank god for credit cards
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo E6400 Gigabyte 965P-DS3 GeForce 6600GT 2GB DRR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOS
160GB SATA DVD+-RW Win XP Pro 
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My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo E6400 Gigabyte 965P-DS3 GeForce 6600GT 2GB DRR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOS
160GB SATA DVD+-RW Win XP Pro 
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