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MSI P6N SLIFI Overclockablity?

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I'm considering getting this board since I heard some really good things about it, but wondering how this board handles OC'ing. I'm not looking to go overclock crazy, but more on a moderate scale. If I get an E6600, maybe looking to push it to around 3.1-3.3, nothing much higher. Would this board have issues with that, or this is more of a stay at stock type of board?
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I havnt heard much good on the ocing of this baord. I think the usually top out at about 333 350 so that would be at the minimum of what you are looking to get. I personally would get a board that could do about 400 or so.

If you happen to get a good 6600 they have a sweet spot at 3.6g usually where you can still keep the volts at a reasonable level.

Did you think of trying the asus p5n-e sli.
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I was considering the Asus, but I'm not sure I feel like spending the $140 for it, and then another heatsink for the Southbridge as most people say is needed for it. Besides for that, the board looks pretty nice, but it'll end up costing me ~$160 I believe if I get it, which I'm not sure I want to spend at the moment. I ruled out the Fatal1ty and the ECS boards, so it's just between ASUS and MSI right now (for the 650i's, unless I can find a comparable board with 2 IDE slots on it, but the 650i's seem like it's the only one).

Although, I do have an older HS/F from a P4 1.7 that should be a close fit for the SB, so if I do end up getting it, I can try to see if I can fit it on somehow. Unless, a HS or fan really isn't needed unless pushing the OC pretty far.

Update: Just browsed some more and found the Gibabye N650SLI for around $130 shipped. How would that fare against the ASUS for OCing. I'm using a GB right now, and never had any issues with it, so if it has nice OCing ability, I wouldn't mind picking one up.
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It should be fine on a small oc, get a couple of these here, actually just get one for the SB and screw it on the heatsinc and youll be fine for the sb. The NB could use a fan on it probably a little bigger, try and mount a 80mm fan on that or one of those little guys would work also and youll be fine.

If you want pull off the NB and SB heatsincs and get that factory gunk off of there and put a dab of as5 or ceramique and lap the two coolers and youll see a big improvement on both of them, sometimes up to 8 to 12c drop in temps.

I would go with the asus plus there is alot of support on the forums here for that board. Any issue you run into I am sure there is allready a answer here to help you out.
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Well, there isn't any Heatsink on the Southbridge at the moment for the P5N-E. But the weird thing is, on Newegg, they have pictures with a SB heatsink installed, but nowhere else shows that, not even on the ASUS website. So I emailed them to try to find out if there was some sort of revision on it, or it's just for the picture. But for the same price, I hear the Gigabyte board is really nice for OC'ing and it's a great board as well. So might consider going that way.
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