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post #11 of 34
well...I never actually used one of those but you might want to have a look at this review:

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu...ium-e2160.html


The only problem (I heard of) with this cpu is when the game needs alot of cache....But overclocked to a same height as a "better" C2D it delivers comparable performance for a lower price......

I've recently built a rig and if I havent had the money for the q6600, I would have gotten a E21x0 as well...

For further information you might want to have a look at this one:

http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/sho...php?t=17751381

greets

Edit: With the suggested motherboard, you should be able to hit around 3 GhZ with decent cooling.
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post #12 of 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by rippon View Post
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.
Depends on what you are trying to achieve. a E6420 can get you pretty high up there (overclock) for a bit cheaper than the E6550.

Secondly. Don't get the 8600GTS really. If anything go for a 7900 GS, on-par performance (if not better) than the 8600GTS and cheaper. Here's a link. I still recommend the X1950 Pro over the 7900 GS but if you must go with Nvidia then go with the 7900 GS, it is a competitor for the X1950 Pro, and can overclock like a madman. Great card in my opinion.

Foxconn 7900GS - $139

BFG 7900GS - $135 After $30 MIR

I would go for the BFG model
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post #13 of 34
Aren't you gonna need a hard drive,,? And maybe an operating system?
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post #14 of 34
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You make a good point about the 7900GS outperforming the 8600GTS, and for cheaper. But isn't the 8600 DX10, which a lot of games will be on in the future? And could the differences in benchmark be because the 7900GS is older, and the drivers for it are better? Also, how much does it overclock?
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post #15 of 34
You can have a look at this chart:

http://www23.tomshardware.com/graphi...=854&chart=318

The 7900 GS is the slightly better GPU than the 8600GTS in terms of performance.....

I'd follow the suggestion of antihero and go with the cheaper....
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post #16 of 34
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Originally Posted by rottenotto View Post
Aren't you gonna need a hard drive,,? And maybe an operating system?
When I said I didn't need those, I actually meant I don't need to buy those because I already have them. I have a bunch of extra hard drives I needed for developing something a while back. Basically I have 4 x 160GB sata drives, but they are no where near full. So, yeah..... Thanks though.
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post #17 of 34
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by luk View Post
You can have a look at this chart:

http://www23.tomshardware.com/graphi...=854&chart=318

The 7900 GS is the slightly better GPU than the 8600GTS in terms of performance.....

I'd follow the suggestion of antihero and go with the cheaper....
I was looking there, too!

My only caution against the 7900GS, is that in the future, DX10 games will be out, and the 8600GTS will most assuredly do better since it is a DX10 card. At least that is what I am thinking. Does anyone know how overclockable either of these cards are?

This is what I have for the system so far, I am debating the GPU still.

PSU - FSP 700W : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817104015

MOBO - DS3R : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128050

CPU - e2160: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116036

RAM - Ballistix: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820146565

GPU - (still debating) 7900GS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814186013
or 8600GTS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130084

HSF - Tuniq Tower 120: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835154001

I could probably go with a cheaper motherboard, but I don't think I want too.

Total for the 7900GS package (shipped & after rebates) is: 605 USD @ newegg
it is $639 with the 8600GTS.

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post #18 of 34
Suggestion:

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX 124.99$,( 114.99$ after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139001

Mobo: Gigabyte-P35-DS3-R 129.99$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128050

CPU: Intel Dual-Core E2160 95$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...6036&Tpk=E2160

RAM: Crucial Ballistix DDR2-800 124.99$, (79.99$ after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16820146565

CPU Cooler: Tuniq Tower 59.99$
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16835154001

GPU:7900 GS 139.99 $, (114.99 after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814186013

Total without rebate: 674.95$
Total with rebate: 594.95$

What do you think of this list? You could go even with a cheaper PSU, but loads of people suggest a high quality psu which the corsair definitely is. 700W are pretty much and I dont know if this an overkill, I'm not an PSU-expert....
Other possibility: Exchange the E2160 for an E2140 or wait for the announced E2180(10x multiplier....)

What do others think of this configuration?


Greets
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post #19 of 34
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by luk View Post
Suggestion:

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX 124.99$,( 114.99$ after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139001

Mobo: Gigabyte-P35-DS3-R 129.99$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128050

CPU: Intel Dual-Core E2160 95$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...6036&Tpk=E2160

RAM: Crucial Ballistix DDR2-800 124.99$, (79.99$ after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16820146565

CPU Cooler: Tuniq Tower 59.99$
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16835154001

Total without rebate: 534.96$
Total with rebate: 479.96$

What do you think of this list? You could go even with a cheaper PSU, but loads of people suggest a high quality psu which the corsair definitely is.....
Other possibility: Exchange the E2160 for an E2140 or wait for the announced E2180(10x multiplier....)

What do others think of this configuration?


Greets
Pretty much what I have settled on, so far. The only difference being in the PSU. I like the FSP PSUs because they have always done me well And have very good ratings everywhere. I think the e2160 what I want, too.
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post #20 of 34
Ok, then settle with the fsp psu but for your rig it's quite enough power.Don't know if it is necessary to have 700W powered PSU.
Well, I dont know exactly, just wanted to point it out.
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Samsung HD501LJ, T166, 7200rpm, 16MB, 500GB, SATA- Samsung WriteMaster SH-S203B MS Vista x64 Ultimate 19" 
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