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(rookie) Looking to build a PC for overclocking. need advice!

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I'm looking to build a moderately nice PC with the intention of overclocking. I have an idea what I want, but would love any/all advice, plus I have no Idea what memory to get that would match up nicely with the other parts I have picked and my intended goals. heres what I have in mind so far:

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16819115003

Mobo: EVGA 122-CK-NF68-AR Socket T (LGA 775) NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16813188009

Video Card:
eVGA 640-P2-N821-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16814130071


I've already have a power supply (500w), a case, a sound card, and a HDD. i still need memory though, plus all of this is up in the air if anyone has better ideas. educate me!
post #2 of 14
First, what is the brand of that PSU. If it's anything Generic, or lousy brand, I strongly suggest to replace it. If it's a good unit, then it's fine. Let me know the brand/model.

RAM: Team Xtreem 2 Gb Kit DDR2 (2x 1Gb) 4-4-4-10 800Mhz $305.00 (Memory Chip Type: Micron D9GMH)

And, are you planning SLI in the future? If not, then I'd get the ASUS P5B Deluxe, since it's the better overclocker.
    
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First, what is the brand of that PSU. If it's anything Generic, or lousy brand, I strongly suggest to replace it. If it's a good unit, then it's fine. Let me know the brand/model.

RAM: Team Xtreem 2 Gb Kit DDR2 (2x 1Gb) 4-4-4-10 800Mhz $305.00 (Memory Chip Type: Micron D9GMH)

And, are you planning SLI in the future? If not, then I'd get the ASUS P5B Deluxe, since it's the better overclocker.
i'll check on the brand of PSU, maybe its not the best. wouldnt i want the fastest possible memory speed for future over clocking? also, do I or don't I want to do SLI in the future? I was thinking that this would be a beneficial future upgrade. If the cons outweigh the pros, then i'll go another route. I have so much to learn, so be patient with me!
post #5 of 14
The team xtreem is about as fast as it gets ... yes, DDR2 800, but with the Micron D9 chips you want

Do note that RAM runs 1:1 with the CPU at DDR2 533 speeds (in case of core 2 duo). This DDR2 800 RAM probably overclocks to over DDR2 1000 speeds, allowing you an FSB of 500MHz, which is pretty darn good.

And if in the future, you really *need* faster RAM than this, it'll probably have to be DDR3
    
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http://shop2.outpost.com/product/4587977
this is the PSU i got. is this too cheap?
post #7 of 14
Not that's too cheap (I mean... free after rebate?) But Ultra's are not particularly known for reliability. It'll be ok for now though, since they're not the worst either. But, you do want to save up for a new one! A good one for the rig you'er planning is the OCZ GameXStream 600W
    
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perhaps i should have started a little lower. can I restate my query? I'm looking to build a badass computer for overclocking. what should I get? what should I read? where should I start? I seek and appreciate your wisdom!
post #9 of 14
Start? Here. Read? Browse around the forum, look at some of the guides,
etc.

Let me compile a rig for you based on the parts in your original post... or similar. For now, I am not going to be bothered about a budget

This would be nice:
Total: $2,132.88

Yes, I did ignore the fact you already have some things

Possible savings that won't cost too much real gaming performance:
    
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I would highly discourage the EVGA board, as i have read about 30 reviews on how they trash ram. spend on the money on a p5b Deluxe if you are going with a single card solution. as for dual cards the 650i chipset series offers an excellent balance. if you need a more specific board just ask as i have a few in mind.
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