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I am not really up to date with all the best parts for Intel C2D overclocking, so help me out.

I don't need hard disks or DVDrw drives. I don't need an OS, or thermal paste either. ...or a new case, for now, the oldish one will do.

I am going to overclock, too.

So this is what I was thinking so far, for 500 - 600 USD, or maybe more.

PSU - Fortron Source 700W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817104015 ~$120
MOBO Gigabyte DS3R: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128050 ~$130
CPU e6550: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115030 ~$185
RAM Patriot eXtreme DDR2-800: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220144 ~$80
HSF Zalman 9500: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118003 ~$50
GPU: ? 8600GTS DDR3 ? ~$160 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130084

GPU should be nVidia because I like Linux. (I know good series 8 drivers are not quiete out yet, but I am willing to wait.)

~$725 is a little more than I want to spend, but it is pretty close.

Questions:
(1) If you were to build a similar system, what parts would you pick?
(2) How far do you think the system above / the system you suggest will overclock to?
(3) Where can I cut costs? I am especially wondering about the PSU and HSF, are there other quality parts that are cheaper.
(4) Is the e6550 a good OCr? How would the cheaper e6430 (or maybe even a cheaper one) do?

Please show me what you would build instead (and why).

All help is very much appreciated
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post #2 of 34
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Originally Posted by rippon View Post
I am not really up to date with all the best parts for Intel C2D overclocking, so help me out.

I don't need hard disks or DVDrw drives. I don't need an OS, or thermal paste either. ...or a new case, for now, the oldish one will do.

I am going to overclock, too.

So this is what I was thinking so far, for 500 - 600 USD, or maybe more.

PSU - Fortron Source 700W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817104015 ~$120
MOBO Gigabyte DS3R: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128050 ~$130
CPU e6550: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115030 ~$185
RAM Patriot eXtreme DDR2-800: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220144 ~$80
HSF Zalman 9500: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118003 ~$50
GPU: ? 8600GTS DDR3 ? ~$160 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130084

GPU should be nVidia because I like Linux. (I know good series 8 drivers are not quiete out yet, but I am willing to wait.)

~$725 is a little more than I want to spend, but it is pretty close.

Questions:
(1) If you were to build a similar system, what parts would you pick?
(2) How far do you think the system above / the system you suggest will overclock to?
(3) Where can I cut costs? I am especially wondering about the PSU and HSF, are there other quality parts that are cheaper.
(4) Is the e6550 a good OCr? How would the cheaper e6430 (or maybe even a cheaper one) do?

Please show me what you would build instead (and why).

All help is very much appreciated
Personally I would change the PSU and the GPU

PSU: OCz GameXStream 600W PSU
$109.99

GPU: Sapphire X1950 Pro 256MB
$136.99

This will save you about 40 bucks but also make your system a little better. The GXS600 is a great stable PSU and the X1950Pro will offer greater performance than the 8600GTS at a cheaper cost. I know you like Nvidia but this is just my recommendation. Personally I wouldn't sacrifice performance just because i prefer a certain brand but that is your choice.
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post #3 of 34
Here is what i would build, perhaps i could have been a bit more price conscious, but there are a few rebates to ease the pain.
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion...ryWishList.asp
$700 after rebates. You could get a temporary GPU for now which would cut down the price, but i'd recommend the rest.
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Get a different PSU for starters... the Corsair 520 WT would suit you perfectly and will probably be cheaper.
    
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post #5 of 34
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Originally Posted by AntiHero View Post
Personally I would change the PSU and the GPU

PSU: OCz GameXStream 600W PSU
$109.99

GPU: Sapphire X1950 Pro 256MB
$136.99

This will save you about 40 bucks but also make your system a little better. The GXS600 is a great stable PSU and the X1950Pro will offer greater performance than the 8600GTS at a cheaper cost. I know you like Nvidia but this is just my recommendation. Personally I wouldn't sacrifice performance just because i prefer a certain brand but that is your choice.
It's not that I like nVidia, it that they support their cards in Linux. ATI is getting better with their Linux drivers, but nVidia is still much better. Thanks, though. I heard the OCZ PSU's are rebranded FSPs, is this true?

I don't see anything, am I doing something wrong?


More suggestions are welcome!
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post #6 of 34
Oh crap, sorry.
GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R Motherboard - Retail $130 http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16813128050
EVGA 8600GTS - $149 (after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16814130084
Corsair HX520 - $115 (after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16817139001
Core 2 Duo E6550 - 185
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16819115030
Crucial Ballistix DDR2 800 -$80 (after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16820146565
Tuniq Tower - $60
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16835154001

Take a look in the deals section, they usually have a few bargains to chop down the price further.
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post #7 of 34
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About how far does a e6550 overclock to with this configuration? What about an e6320, or something cheaper?

Also, I remember something about an Intel price drop. Has this happened, or will it soon?

Thanks.
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Price drop has happened already. I've seen E6550's go to about 3.5 but obviously there is no guarantee, seeing as they're quite new, it's hard to know what to expect. An E6320 would also be a good CPU, with the Tuniq you can get quite good clocks, if you do a search on the forum you might find out what to expect from a E6320.
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Hi,

you could replace the E6550 for a cheaper E2140 or 2160 which allow you to overclock till 3.2 GhZ if you're lucky....:

http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...cking-fun.html

E6550 184$
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16819115030

E2140 81$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116037

Money saved: 103$

Greets luk
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post #10 of 34
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Originally Posted by luk View Post
Hi,

you could replace the E6550 for a cheaper E2140 or 2160 which allow you to overclock till 3.2 GhZ if you're lucky....:

http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...cking-fun.html

E6550 184$
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16819115030

E2140 81$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116037

Money saved: 103$

Greets luk
Nice! Those CPUs look promising. Once overclocked, it would probably be a better balance in my system (with the 8600GTS).

e2140 or e2160? $14 difference. Think the e2160 is going to overclock more?
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