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I am new to this, and I want to know if you know some cheap, old, used and good motherboards and CPUs built for over clocking. I am not planning to play games on it. I want to buy it to practice and for fun.
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Try to pickup an E8400 E0 stepping and Gigabyte EP45-UD3P. They are real fun to OC and that board specifically rocks. You could also look into AMD, something like the Athlon II series or lower end Phenom II black editions (x2 550, x3 720, etc...) with a decent AM2+ or AM3 board. DFI socket 939 boards and Athlon 64/Opterons are also really fun to play with too smile.gif
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Thank you
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Thank you

I would further suggest an E8400, E8500 or E8600 of any revision are still good. It will make a fast work computer too as long as you're not really playing games.

An E5200 was a good clocker in the day too, so were the E2140's, E2160, E2180. I assume the E5400 etc were also good. Socket 775 was probably one of the best Intel sockets to overclock, that and Sandy Bridge stuff, Ivy/Haswell just have too much heat and are too new for what you want. If you can grab a 2500k cheap you can find a cheap P67 board somewhere too smile.gif

EDIT: P55 is good too, like an i3 or even an i5 on that socket would be great too.
 
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FM2 has lots of cheap quality boards and chips in all price ranges to practice overclocking on. Also gives you a decent cheap system.

Motherboard($55 with promo code BIO15) - BIOSTAR Hi-Fi A85W FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138366

Paired with ANY of these.

CPU($60) - AMD Athlon X2 370K Socket FM2 65W Dual-Core 4.0Ghz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113336

APU($70) - AMD A6-5400K Trinity 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 65W Dual-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113282

CPU($85) - AMD Athlon X4 750K Trinity 3.4GHz Socket FM2 100W Quad-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113328

APU($100) - AMD A8-5600K Trinity 3.6GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 100W Quad-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113281

Total price - $115-155
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I have one more question.
So there are these 4 motherboards which I was looking at:- Gigabyte EP45-UD3P and Gigabyte EP45-EXTREME and Asus P5B-Deluxe and Asus Commando.

So which one is the best to practice overclocking and gives me the biggest possibility to maximize overclocking the CPU
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I have one more question.
So there are these 4 motherboards which I was looking at:- Gigabyte EP45-UD3P and Gigabyte EP45-EXTREME and Asus P5B-Deluxe and Asus Commando.

So which one is the best to practice overclocking and gives me the biggest possibility to maximize overclocking the CPU

The EP45-UD3P is I believe, gets the highest FSB generally if you match it with the right RAM. (You'll want some 1066MHz DDR2 to go with it), but if you can pick up an EP45-Extreme for cheaper I'd probably just grab that but it is likely the UD3P is cheaper. I'm not sure about ASUS boards to be honest but I have heard that the commando is decent.
 
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Samsung 840 Evo Seagate Barracuda 2TB Western Digital Green 2TB Samsung Spinpoint 1TB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Western Digital Green 640GB 2x OEM DVD Drives Heatkiller Rev 3.0 XSPC RX360 
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Laing D5 + XSPC Res Primochill Bloodshed Red Tubing Koolance Fullcover R9 290x Block Windows 10 Pro x64 
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Silverstone Strider 850W HAF 932 Logitech G400 Gigabyte Ghost 
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post #8 of 8
I had a blast learning how to overclock my fm1 llano.
I'd suggest an apu simply because you also get the gpu to overclock, and mem speeds affect gpu performance, so you can overclock that too.
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