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suited PC-Setup(air-cooled) for Q6600 @3,0GHz

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Hi,
I'm an overclocking noob(last time I overclocked is like 9 years ago). I quickly need a new PC and perhaps I want to try to overclock it in about seven weeks when I got time to deeply study the topic but I need to buy the PC/components now. Since I'm now free in chosing the components it would be a pity if I can't/won't try to overclock it just becaue I've chosen components that are bad for overclocking.

planned setup so far:

* CPU: Intel Q6600 2,4GHz stepping G0
* Mainboard: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R
* RAM: 2*2GB but which???
* Graphics card: GIGABYTE GF 8600GT PCI-E (NX86T512H)
* 1.hdd: Western Digital Raptor 150GB
* 2.hdd: WD 500GB RE2 SATAII Raid Edition
* case: Sharkoon Rebel9 Economy black
* power supply: Corsair VX 450W ATX 2.2 (CMPSU-450VXEU)

The only stuff that is definitely fixed is air cooling the cpu-model and the harddisks.
1. Is any of the mentioned components a bad choice?
2. Any Tips for Mainboard, RAM and cooling?
3. Can I make big mistakes with RAM?
(4. the case, the graphics card and harddisks don't matter for overclocking, right?)
5. Btw the graphics card is passively cooled and I've read that it gets pretty hot, would you suggest an actively cooled one?
6. Is the power supply sufficient?

Best regards,
Harald
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depending on your wants/needs in regards to performance.
Personally I like good graphics, so I'd opt for a 9600gt or 8800gt, both in the same price range, and IMO performance/price bargains 9600 costs a little less 8800gt performs a little better. If you dont care for gaming or graphics, then the 8600 will do..

Ive heard alot of good things about the P35 board, and if your looking for a -100$ then its a good choice. If your looking for something that will handle a future upgrade, then x38 or 780i, but they are in the 200$+ range.

For ram Id say go with a good name brand, OCZ is my fav, 2x2G DDRII 1066 should suite you fine.

And maybe go for 600W or better for PSU.

As for cooling, get an aftermarket for the Vid Card as well as the cpu, for 3.0 an arctic freezer 7 pro is fine, for higher overclocking, might as well get a thermalright ultra 120 extreme, it wont hurt.

Im sure others will have diff suggestions.

So when ur about to decide, google the brand and model of your MB with Q6600 Overclocking in the search, just to see what comes up...

Hope that helps some
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Hope that helps some
Definitely thanks a lot!

Changed PSU, will get OCZ RAM and the specific search tip will surely be of good use. My main use case includes heavy CPU use but won't be a gaming/graphics PC So I'll go with the 8600.

Thanks,
Harald
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Definitely thanks a lot!

Changed PSU, will get OCZ RAM and the specific search tip will surely be of good use. My main use case includes heavy CPU use but won't be a gaming/graphics PC So I'll go with the 8600.

Thanks,
Harald

No Problem...

The OCZ Reaper 2x2G DDRII 1066 looks to be decent.

But customer ratings on This G.Skill Ram seems to be good

Also The Gigabyte P35 DS3L seems to have some good reviews But the DS3R may get higher clock speeds if your going to go for max OC
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