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Few questions to get me started.
  1. How much can I expect to reasonably and safely overclock my CPU (see system details below) using the stock HSF? Anybody have experince doing this on a similar system? I'm not looking to go nuts with it, but it'd be nice to pump out some extra performance.
  2. I have two 80 mm fans that came with the case, and room to install an extra 80mm slim fan opposite the stock side fan, and a 80/90/120mm fan in the front, as well as the option to upgrade the stock back fan to a 90mm or 120mm. Will doing any or all of these likely provide much mor in the way of cooling performance? Any particular reccomendations?
  3. Anybody with any experience on overclocking an ASUS EN7600GS Silent 512 MB or similar? It comes with a SmartDoctor program that allows for easy adjusting. Any pointers?
  4. My board has the option of connecting my hard drive directly to the ICH8 controller or the JMB363 controller (RAID enabled, with external eSATA port, not much of a chance of that ever happening). Any idea which would provide better performance? I have it connected to the ICH8 now in AHCI mode, which is available for both.
  5. Any other pertinent advice?

I appreciate any and all help.
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo E6320 ASUS P5B ASUS EN7600GS Silent 512MB 2 × Kingston ValueRAM 1GB DDR2-800 Dual Channel 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital 320GB SATAII 7200RPM 16MB Cache LG GSA-H22N DVD±RW 18× Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit Sceptre X20WG-Naga 20.1" Widescreen LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Wireless Comfort Keyboard 1.0A 400W (Stock w/case) NZXT Trinity Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 
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My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo E6320 ASUS P5B ASUS EN7600GS Silent 512MB 2 × Kingston ValueRAM 1GB DDR2-800 Dual Channel 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital 320GB SATAII 7200RPM 16MB Cache LG GSA-H22N DVD±RW 18× Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit Sceptre X20WG-Naga 20.1" Widescreen LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Wireless Comfort Keyboard 1.0A 400W (Stock w/case) NZXT Trinity Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 
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On the stock HSF I would guess you could get 200-300 mhz out of it at least. I would get some AS5 and apply it that should help keep the temps below 50c if not lower. The way you have the HHD set-up should be the best unless you use RAID. As far as cooling whats room temp compared to case temp? The more fans don't mean better cooling use the largest you have and have more exhaust fans to pull stale air out of case. Back fan would be 120 mm if you have it thats the best route I think. About the GFX card being a silent pipe if you put a fan by it could get better temps/clocks but as far as overclock limits not sure and thats a nice frame buffer/memory amount 512 MB on a 7600 GS!!!!
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8320 3.6GHz 1.152v Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5 EVGA GTX 960 SSC 4GB 8GB G. Skill DDR3-1333 CL9 1.5v 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD 1TB SATA3 + 4TB Storage External USB Thermalright Archon Win 7 Pro x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 27 inch LED 1920x1080 HD Logitech K120 Seasonic X-760 Modular Fractal Define R4 
MouseAudio
Logitech Altec Lansing 2.1 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8320 3.6GHz 1.152v Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5 EVGA GTX 960 SSC 4GB 8GB G. Skill DDR3-1333 CL9 1.5v 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD 1TB SATA3 + 4TB Storage External USB Thermalright Archon Win 7 Pro x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 27 inch LED 1920x1080 HD Logitech K120 Seasonic X-760 Modular Fractal Define R4 
MouseAudio
Logitech Altec Lansing 2.1 
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for the input!
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo E6320 ASUS P5B ASUS EN7600GS Silent 512MB 2 × Kingston ValueRAM 1GB DDR2-800 Dual Channel 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital 320GB SATAII 7200RPM 16MB Cache LG GSA-H22N DVD±RW 18× Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit Sceptre X20WG-Naga 20.1" Widescreen LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Wireless Comfort Keyboard 1.0A 400W (Stock w/case) NZXT Trinity Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 
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My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo E6320 ASUS P5B ASUS EN7600GS Silent 512MB 2 × Kingston ValueRAM 1GB DDR2-800 Dual Channel 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital 320GB SATAII 7200RPM 16MB Cache LG GSA-H22N DVD±RW 18× Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit Sceptre X20WG-Naga 20.1" Widescreen LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Wireless Comfort Keyboard 1.0A 400W (Stock w/case) NZXT Trinity Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 
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