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We will not know how overclockable the Q9450 is until people have had a chance to play with it for a while. I would guess midsummer. However, based on Wolfdale cores (and the Yorkfield, including the Q9450 is just two of them soldered together), it should OC around 30%ish on reasonable Vcore. Most E8400's seem to break 3.6 easily.

I would spend extra cash on a PSU before extra cooling, by the way, temperatures on the 45nm chips don't seem to increase as much under load as Allendale and Conroe.

Price tag is probably $350ish.
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post #22 of 24
the q9450 will be tougher with its low multi
need a board that can handle and some fast mem
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post #23 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by Schroedinger View Post
You can't run E8400's on a Skulltrail, it's Socket 771.

I agree that there is no point in spending more than $1500 on a machine. To be honest, though, if you're going to spend more than $1,000.00, I would wait for the release of 45nm Intel Quads and then forego watercooling because 45nm doesn't need it. You'll save money and have a faster system. It looks like the Q9450 price at release will be ~$350, so cheaper than Q6600 + watercooling, in all probability.

So, assuming you wait for Q9450:
CPU: Q9450, $350
Motherboard: ASUS Striker II $350
Memory: 4x1 GB Crucial Ballistix DDR2 800 (Currently would be $70 after MIR at Newegg)
GPU's: 3xXFX 9600GT (currently $175 with a $30 MIR at Newegg - Total $435)
PSU: Seasonic 500W ($90)
HDD: Seagate 7200.11 320GB $110
DVD/CD Drives: Two if you're doing encoding, so $60
Cooling: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro $30

You can save money on the motherboard, but that's right around the $1500 range and should deliver absolutely absurd performance in any application.
you can't tri-sli the 9600gt... or at least not that I know of. Even if you could you would want more than a 500w PSU

Id get a 680i or 780i mobo,
2x 2gb RAM pc6400 800mhz
q6600 or e8400
one raptor 150 HD to run OS on and one 1000gig for games and movies.
650-750w PSU (get a good one)
Lain Li Case
whatever burners/drives you want (this depends on you)
for a 24" monitor go with 8800gt SLI (get some with aftermarket coolers)
Get a good sound card!!! if your listening to lots of music.
And a good set of speakers.
You can do this for 1500.

Now take the extra 2000 and go buy a nice chair, desk and laptop.
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post #24 of 24
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DFI LANPARTY DK P35 should be able to push the q9450 pretty well. I read a couple of reviews of people messing with this chip already and getting 3.75 is standard 4.0+ is very possible.
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