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I need a cpu that can go way up on a zalman 9500.

CPU-I am thinking either an E8400 or E6750, I want at least 3.6ghz and 3.8 would be better.
Board-I have no clue....

Is that the best cheapest cpu, I intend to buy used. I have seen some e8400's go for $180, and e6750's go for $140ish. So I need a cheap board, no need for a 780i. I really know nothing about intel, I have heard there is a $50 asus 650i that is good. So better choices? This will be 95%-folding/4%-Internet/1%-burning movies to dvd.


These are the parts I already have:
Ram-I have a 1gb set of Team Xtreem dark for now
PSU- 550W Rosewill
HDD- 80gb 8mb/s sata 7200rpm
Case-Apevia Xcruiser
Lite on dvd-rw sata
GPU- powercolor x1600pro 512mb pcie
OS- Xp Pro or Vista 32(probably xp just due to amount of ram I have)
post #2 of 19
Gigabyte P35-DS3L is a good budget board for intel cpu OC if you don't need raid.
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Gigabyte P35-DS3L is a good budget board for intel cpu OC if you don't need raid.
No, no raid, no sli, no crossfire, no integrated video....I have a 137cfm delta fan for exhaust.

Out of curiosity does it overclock ram well?
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pretty much any brand name P35, X38, or X48 chipset will work for you. The main difference between the three is the PCI-express implementation, but since you aren't gonna be using crossfire the P35 is the best bet for you since its the cheapest.

The board linskingdom suggested is pretty much the cheapest you'll find for those processors.


But either way, for folding you are definately going to want a quad core processor over a dual core. You'd be able to run two SMP clients or use virtualization to run 4 regular clients on one core each. And since the Q6600 is only $20 more than the E8400 your best bet is to go with that one.
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NVM, the cheapest board is this one. But not by much lol.

Oh and for your hard drive, if you use a CF card hooked up onto an IDE adapter you'll save a little bit on your electricity bill (and keep the computer quieter while you are at it).
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No, no raid, no sli, no crossfire, no integrated video....I have a 137cfm delta fan for exhaust.

Out of curiosity does it overclock ram well?
it should most intels board do
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No, no raid, no sli, no crossfire, no integrated video....I have a 137cfm delta fan for exhaust.

Out of curiosity does it overclock ram well?
It is pretty stable and OC ram well. I used more than 12 of them to build rigs for others.
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pretty much any brand name P35, X38, or X48 chipset will work for you. The main difference between the three is the PCI-express implementation, but since you aren't gonna be using crossfire the P35 is the best bet for you since its the cheapest.

The board linskingdom suggested is pretty much the cheapest you'll find for those processors.


But either way, for folding you are definately going to want a quad core processor over a dual core. You'd be able to run two SMP clients or use virtualization to run 4 regular clients on one core each. And since the Q6600 is only $20 more than the E8400 your best bet is to go with that one.

Don't need a quad, don't want to waste electricty as I am perpetually broke at all times. Also I am folding for a team so, only get two cores. Also there is the issue of heat I only have a spare zalman 9500 at this point. I assume none of the lower than e8400's will do 3.6ghz-3.8ghz stable?
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Ah I see your problem. Yeah I'm not sure about dual cores lower than the E8400, but I can tell you one thing for sure - the core for core performance of the 45nm ones are better than the 65nm ones - plus of course less heat and power.

If you are really worried about power usage and heat though, you could go for a mini-itx board that uses a core 2 mobile processor. That should drop your loads about 100-200W and run a LOT cooler. But obviously at a performance hit

http://www.bcmcom.com/bcm_product_mx965gme.htm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819111002
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Ah I see your problem. Yeah I'm not sure about dual cores lower than the E8400, but I can tell you one thing for sure - the core for core performance of the 45nm ones are better than the 65nm ones - plus of course less heat and power.

If you are really worried about power usage and heat though, you could go for a mini-itx board that uses a core 2 mobile processor. That should drop your loads about 100-200W and run a LOT cooler. But obviously at a performance hit

http://www.bcmcom.com/bcm_product_mx965gme.htm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819111002
Looks a bit farther than my budget can go. I am hoping to get away for less than $250, which is what I hope my amd 5000BE+dfi 790FX-m2r are worth.
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