just got my reply from gigabyte about the northbridge :
There are no sensor on the NB
i thought there was one?
Please correct me if I am wrong but I thought the DS3L board could not use the PCI-Express 2.0 cards? and what is the major difference between the two? I was thinking on upgrading from EVGA GeForce 8800GTS 320MB PCI Express x16 to EVGA 640-P2-N829-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 ($259.99) or EVGA 512-P3-N841-AR GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 ($269.99) Both are in the same price bracket
is having more OB ram (640 Vs 512) better that the new G92 chipset?
Im dazed and confused
Will the Intel Core 2 Duo E4600 Allendale 2.4GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 reach 3.00GHz with out much trouble with stock cooler on the DS3L
I'm making a buddy budget online poker box and am trying to squeeze a little more out of it.
Ram: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 1066
CPU: E4600 Allendale 2.4GHz 2MB L2 Cache
Cooler: Stock Intel
HD: Seagate 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb
Video Card: GeForce 7200GS 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16
Sound Card: Onboard
OS: XP Pro
IMO, if you're building this system for your friend, I would try and convince him to buy a cooler, at least the AC7 ($19.99). It'll help a ton getting a decent OC out of that chip. On the other hand, if all he's doing is playing online poker, it should be just fine the way it is.