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Well, i did build a couple at work, but not much of overclock potential on those.

This machine will be my new primary gaming/application machine, and the Mobo and CPU from my current primary will go into my HTPC 1. Budget will be tight, so value+overclockability will be my main concerns

PROGRESS:
7/10/2007 - ordered my EVGA 650i Ultra



Now I have to decide on some good OC ram, a cpu, and what I'm going to do about a video card. If my x1800xt was DX10, I'd be all set, because that thing is a beast. I may have to put it up for sale or trade to get a decent DX10 card.
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should have waited for new chipset are you sli'ing? otherwise p35 is the way to go, x38 for crossfire. as for cpu, just wait for the price drops. it wont be 266$ for a quad like everyone says it will, thats for reseller price, but you will still be able to get a nice e6600 or above for much cheaper, especially with ATI/AMD's new price cuts.
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No Sli for me...

Haven't heard much on the new chipsets... when? how much?
I wanted something tried and true, and the 650i seems to have some good OC ability as well as a nice price.

BTW, my goal is c2d @ 3.0ghz, gaming stable

EDIT: new chipsets as in DDR3? No thanks... too pricey. Ill stick to nice, cheap DDR2
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No Sli for me...

Haven't heard much on the new chipsets... when? how much?
I wanted something tried and true, and the 650i seems to have some good OC ability as well as a nice price.

BTW, my goal is c2d @ 3.0ghz, gaming stable

EDIT: new chipsets as in DDR3? No thanks... too pricey. Ill stick to nice, cheap DDR2
well there are some p35/x38 boards that are out that support dd2/ddr2 and ddr3 (the p35 boards). i agree, the ddr3 is expensive, shows little performance and has horrible cas latency's. anyways. if anything, i would suggest a 680i board, even a cheap one or if you're just ocing the CPU and plan on not having sli, overclock ratios are MUCH higher on the p965 such as the p5 series from asus.

680i boards give a high overclock and nvidia SLI. intel boards give massive oc's and no sli support, but some cross fire support. irregardless if you are sli'ing or not, the new p35 boards are your best bet. BUT YOU MUST WAIT.

the newer p35 boards are going to support pci-e 2.0 and the x38's will do that when they come out. they are set to come out around intel price drops on july 22nd (the newer p35's) and rumors of some x38's. the x38's are rumored to give 10% more headroom of ocing then the already beefy p35.


650i boards use old 590 SB chipset too... thats 2 boards behind.
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well, you know my goal, c2d @ 3.0ghz... i'm not trying to break records here
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231098

Im leaning towards this pair of GSkill sticks -
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
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Got an Ultra Mid Tower Case today... have to dig up an 80mm for the front and i have a spare FN121 - 120mm for the back...

Any new developments in CPU air-cooling? Or is my big typhoon still good enough? I was thinking of getting a big heatsink, with no fan, considering I have a silverstone 110 cfm fan on the back, any suggestions?
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