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Instead of making two threads in two separate subforums, I made one thread here...

I am looking for an excellent overclocking CPU and motherboard combination for Intel. I would prefer the chipset be Intel-based (e.g. X48) so that I can do full Crossfire. I would prefer the CPU to be 45nm, and be quad core as well (but the latter request isn't set in stone). This upgrade will probably last me over a year so don't worry about budget, especially regarding the motherboard.

I am not fond of what Bloomfield would seem to entail in terms of what is required of the user to be able to overclock, so please don't suggest I wait for Bloomfield and Nahalem. I will upgrade to those when the time is right.
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DFI LP LT X48-T2R
http://www.motherboardpro.com/DFI-LP...ard-p-540.html

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115037

Quad Cores simply are not worth it right now. A high clocking dual core will be faster for gaming.
post #3 of 50
Yeah, the DFI LP LT X48 t2r is my suggestion as well. They have a UT version there, but the only difference is the chipset/southbridge cooling solution. Note that if you plan on running a tuniq tower 120, the tuniq will not be compatible with the LT's chipset heatsink.
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Quad Cores simply are not worth it right now. A high clocking dual core will be faster for gaming.
I am thinking more long term. I don't overclock 24/7 anyway so I'd still prefer quad core. Is the E8400 the highest-end dual core offered by Intel (that isn't EE)?

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Originally Posted by slngsht View Post
Yeah, the DFI LP LT X48 t2r is my suggestion as well. They have a UT version there, but the only difference is the chipset/southbridge cooling solution. Note that if you plan on running a tuniq tower 120, the tuniq will not be compatible with the LT's chipset heatsink.
But it would be fine with the UT? I only see a DK version on newegg besides the LT.
Edited by stargate125645 - 5/15/08 at 7:00am
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Dark series is the basic one. Then LT and UT. LT abd UT have better cooling and power management etc.
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Dark series is the basic one. Then LT and UT. LT abd UT have better cooling and power management etc.
Link to the UT?
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Link to the UT?
Here it is.

http://www.motherboardpro.com/DFI-La...ail-p-618.html
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Holy crap! I don't have a motherboad tray so installing the UT would be a major pain in the rear. It looks like the best choice would then be the LT and I'd either have to get a new CPU HS or a new NB HS. Does the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme fit with the LT default chipset cooling? Also, it looks as though the DK cooling is better than the LT cooling for the southbridge.

I'm not fond of the puke green...
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DFI LanParty DK X48-T2RS for $219.99 + S/H @ MBpro

Cheapest X48 to date, and from what I've seen a great board too.

I'd also suggest a Quad as it's far more future proof and perhaps even more resilient(with respects to V and lifespan) than 45nm chips(only time will tell though).

My q6700 comes in sometime tonight...

-EDIT-

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Originally Posted by stargate125645 View Post
Holy crap! I don't have a motherboad tray so installing the UT would be a major pain in the rear. It looks like the best choice would then be the LT and I'd either have to get a new CPU HS or a new NB HS. Does the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme fit with the LT default chipset cooling? Also, it looks as though the DK cooling is better than the LT cooling for the southbridge.

I'm not fond of the puke green...
Yes if the TRUE is positioned vertically or if you're willing to shave off a tiny bit of either NB or the TRUE... I'm not sure but I think Grunion might have done one or the other.
Edited by MasterKromm - 5/15/08 at 7:59am
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DFI LanParty DK X48-T2RS for $219.99 + S/H @ MBpro

Cheapest X48 to date, and from what I've seen a great board too.

I'd also suggest a Quad as it's far more future proof and perhaps even more resilient(with respects to V and lifespan) than 45nm chips(only time will tell though).

My q6700 comes in sometime tonight...
Good deal and good board.
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