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post #1 of 12
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okay, after 1 year of using a crappy Sempron machine, im finially going to buy a real rig.

i plan to get:
-a nVidia 680i motherboard - price range of 100GBP to 150GBP (but not over 160GBP)
-an e6600 CPU (or e6700 if i can afford it, eg other components drop in price)
-2x 1GB DDR2 800MHz RAM (haven't decided on which, but won't be important as i plan to overclock in unlinked mode, so running RAM at stock settings)
-a 500GB hard disk drive
-8800GTS 320MB (or 640MB if it drops below 200GBP)

with overclocking with future CPU compatibility in mind (and may be SLi in the future) i plan to get a 680i motherboard. i may go for LT version, but not sure about those coolers

speaking of coolers, i am very careful, and don't like heat. so the main reason i ask is that you guys (overclockers) may have had a particular motherboard and know the northbridge produce a lot of heat. so please advice me of such potention problems

so, please give advice on a good 680i motherboard that:
1. suitable for overclocking (includes unlinked CPU-only-overclocking)
2. northbridge (or southbridge, for that matter) don't produce unacceptable heat when overclocked (eg, at 400+ FSB, the heat is still acceptable)
3. price of around 140GBP but not over 160GBP

i shall be buying this before start of October (when UK unversity starts) so predictions of when to buy is also very welcome. (Buying sometime in August seems good for me as i can enjoy more than 1 month of gaming before shipping to university)
post #2 of 12
Hello,

I recommend you get this motherboard from Scan.co.uk, they have the excelent Asus P5N32e SLI 680i for £130
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=505256

If you will be running unlinked mode then I reccomend the GeIL Ultra 6400C4 (Running 4-4-4-12 on mine just now ) They are a steal at £70
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=MY-058-GL

Finally, for the CPU I would get the E6600 as with the mobo I reccomended you will take it past E6700 Speeds easily

Hope this helps and good luck with your rig
    
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post #3 of 12
Mad is correct. The P5N32-E is currently the best 680i board available for a variety of reasons.
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post #4 of 12
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i've read places (including in this forum) saying NB runs very hot when overclocking. is it true?
how hot does it run when clocked at 350 (and please state the voltage)

i want to take my e6600 paste 3GHz, so 333 is the minimum the NB need to be able to do.


that memory seems good and cheap.
but what is the performance difference between linked and unlinked mode? is unlinked mode slower?


also, when is the best time to buy the whole computer? is there going to be any major price drops in the near future?
post #5 of 12
Just get the Thermalright HR-05 Sli for the NB. You can have it passive if you have good air flow or put a 70mm fan on it.With it on and the NB at 1.5v, the temps are in the low 40's. The memory Mad linked you to can be found here for £61.
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post #6 of 12
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not being a professional overclocker, is the northbridge's temperature on stock cooler acceptable?
post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu View Post
not being a professional overclocker, is the northbridge's temperature on stock cooler acceptable?
At stock volts it's "OK". If you OC it at all and add more voltage i would HIGHLY recommend an aftermarket cooler for it. The ExtremeSpirit II is an excellent choice
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post #8 of 12
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ok, i'll order from MicroDirect: the memory Mad recommended and the Thermalright HR-05 Sli NB cooler.

what else are needed for replacing the NB cooler? (that isn't included in the new cooler package) eg, thermal glue?
also, googling didn't give me any step by step instructions on how to change the NB cooler. pointers would be welcome.

so a checklist of things i need to get for a new computer (inside the case)
-motherboard
-CPU
-RAM
-graphics card
-Hard disk drive
-DVD RW
-NB cooler

is that it?? what else is needed? i hate to have to pay for another unnecessary delivery fee.
post #9 of 12
Are you going to use the Intel heatsink or buy an aftermarket one? It comes with instructions how to mount it, all you need is some long nose pliers to undo the push pins on the stock NB heatsink.
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post #10 of 12
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im planning to use an aftermarket cooler, one of the Zalman's aero flower cooler.

the problem is that when i look at images for the Asus P5N32e-SLi i see there are heatpipes running from the northbridge. so if i remove the stock northbridge cooler, how will the heatpipe work?? do i cut it off? do i remove it completely? (then what about the other components under the other end of the heatpipe?)
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