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Originally Posted by Schroedinger View Post
Any C2D processor (including Pentium Dual Core) should be fine for anything but Quad SLI; GPUs bottleneck processors not the other way around. That 3 Ghz overclock should be fine. Of course, unless I'm really strongly mistaken, an E2180 is only a minor improvement over your Athlon (That's a Brisbane, right?), so you might just consider investing in a decent air cooler instead of a new processor, and overclock your A64x2.

Core 2 IS better than AMD (anything) but that doesn't mean AMD is useless.

For $27 on Newegg you can get an Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro that will probably take your x2 to about the same speeds as an E2180 on stock cooling. What motherboard do you have right now? And why 3 GB of memory... are you running dual channel?
A e2180 overclocked will crush an x2.... Seriously....
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post #22 of 34
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No one thinks any of the cheapo boards I linked will be able to hit 3 Ghz on the E2180?

Price is an issue.
My chip is proof that I can hit 3Ghz stable on the P5N-E SLI. I do not see why you could not on the MSI 650i offering as well but I cannot confirm that since I have never worked with it.

To be honest if you are on a $200 budget you could pick up a E2140 ($69) which do overclock to 3Ghz, slap it onto a P5N-E SLI ($119) and fill the dimm slots with something similar to this ($44) and you'd come in just over your $200 budget and have a nice looking system in the process.

Tack on an Arctic Cooling Freezer Pro 7 and you'll be a bit further over but that should handle the temperatures created by your overclock.

Chances are you can find those components for cheaper if you check around but that's just a quick run down of what you can expect.
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post #23 of 34
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If you can save up a little I'd go for a MSI P7N Platinum but in all honesty I wouldn't trust a 650i or a 750i to overclock that chip. It has a lot of potential and it really needs a good board to tweak the absolute most out of it.
As for being a bottleneck, if you overclock it past 3 Ghz it should be fine but I generally recommend a quad core for SLi. Read a review somewhere that said gaming performance is quite improved in games that utilize such high graphics performance (ie. Crysis, World in Conflict).

EDIT: If you can wait out another weeks paycheck EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 is pretty good at $249.99.
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post #24 of 34
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Originally Posted by Schroedinger View Post
Any C2D processor (including Pentium Dual Core) should be fine for anything but Quad SLI; GPUs bottleneck processors not the other way around. That 3 Ghz overclock should be fine. Of course, unless I'm really strongly mistaken, an E2180 is only a minor improvement over your Athlon (That's a Brisbane, right?), so you might just consider investing in a decent air cooler instead of a new processor, and overclock your A64x2.

Core 2 IS better than AMD (anything) but that doesn't mean AMD is useless.

For $27 on Newegg you can get an Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro that will probably take your x2 to about the same speeds as an E2180 on stock cooling. What motherboard do you have right now? And why 3 GB of memory... are you running dual channel?
My mobo does not support overclocking. Figured Id be better off with an intel switch. At the moment my CPU is KILLING my 8800GT, my 3dmark score is a pathedic 8000.

Thanks Perry. I think im going to go with your method. It sounds the best and most related to my aims.
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post #25 of 34
Go with the msi p6n platinum. It is was more stable then my old asus ever was, and I love it. at 75$, it's a steal for sure.
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My asus 750i gets my q6600 to 3,1ghz without any trouble! I would say its the best bang for the buck! 2x pcie16 2.0!! not not 2x8 like the 650i. the 750i is really an 650i but it has some upgrades! this is more future proof. it is the best mobo ive ever bought!

btw ive heard that the msi 750i is bad for overclocking!
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post #27 of 34
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Go with the msi p6n platinum. It is was more stable then my old asus ever was, and I love it. at 75$, it's a steal for sure.
Will it get my E2180 up to a super high clockspeed?

I don't wanna bottleneck my GPU's!

Also the $75 mobo im looking at is not 750i, so I don't think it will be bad for OCing. It has a fan on the North bridge!

Also, I'm looking into an E2160, as it's only $69.99, and I'm working with a budget. As long as my GPU's aren't bottlenecked, Im happy.

Perry's solution, I know would work, the P5N but if I can do it cheaper with MSI, I'd like to. I just hope the MSI can handle an E2180 or E2160 at 3 Ghz.

I don't care if the cards are 8x.
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post #28 of 34
With an E2180 overclocked to 3Ghz I don't think you'll run into any bottlenecks at all.

There are a pile of reviews on the MSI board so just start with some Google searches and see if anything catches your eye with regards to performance.
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Sweet, again thanks for all your help everyone. I'm keeping Perry's board in mind as a safety solution, as it worked for him it should for me.
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680i LT SLI.
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