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Bought this board... what chip should I get with it? Ready to buy now. This will be my first intel chip and I will have to learn how to overclock it as well.

What should I buy? I can buy a 7200 but it will take maybe another week.

Not a heavy gamer, mostly schoolwork and gears and music and so forth.

my board....

http://www.motherboardpro.com/DFI-IN...oard-p-68.html
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post #2 of 11
If it only takes another week... E7200. Otherwise, the E2180 is the best pick of the three. Guaranteed M0 revision.

PS: the mobo is out of stock, and it's an older chipset... I would not recommend it. nVidia chipsets haven't worked very well with Intel, and this one doesn't even do SLI (the only advantage of an nVidia chipset on the Intel platform).
    
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If you're not a heavy gamer, go ahead with one of the Pentium Dual Cores. I own one and I've already overclocked it to 3.0GHz from 2.0GHz stock. all it takes is some manipulation. It's the 2180 and I highly reccomend it But, if you want some extra power and some extra L2 cache, you will need the 3MB that the E7200 has, cuz the 2180 only has 1 meg Hope this helps
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I bought the board already, if it's not good then I'll sell it. However, I don't care much for SLI since I am still learning myself about motherboards and so forth.

If it's not for me I can sell the board and keep my 5000be and get a better AMD mobo.
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Can someone give me a breakdown of the importance of a certain "chipset"? My old mobo Tforce 6100 has the 6100 chipset and I don't care for it. It can barely overclock and the mobo is pretty bad to me.
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The chipsets in motherboards that cost more are better. I don't know exactly why they are better, but I think there's probably a forum on this. Generally, nVidia chipsets don't OC as well as an intel chipset would. Like the P35 or X38.
post #7 of 11
If your not heavy gaming, go for the E2180. Don't bother with E2200, it isn't significantly better than the E2180. I've got an E2160 at 3GHz and its definately fast enough for all the games i play.
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The E2180 will typically get to 3.0GHZ on stock voltages, which means that a board that supports 1333FSB would be a great choice, seeing as this is the FSB needed with a multiplier dropped to 9 (9x333=3000). I've achieved 3.6 with mine, although voltage needed increased temps way above my personal preference (67ºC, personal preference is less than 60ºC). The 650i chipset that you are going to be working with should enable you to reach 3.0 with a simple increase in FSB! Good luck with whatever your choice may be
post #9 of 11
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What stepping should I look for? I got a deal for a OEM for $50 should I buy that or just hit up the egg?
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post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by ashblk View Post
I bought the board already, if it's not good then I'll sell it. However, I don't care much for SLI since I am still learning myself about motherboards and so forth.

If it's not for me I can sell the board and keep my 5000be and get a better AMD mobo.
That board is actually perfect for an E2180. Both are fairly cheap in price. Gives you some room to make mistakes, or find limits on Intel system. That is a good setup to learn OC on. Once you learn how to work on an Intel setup, you can always step up to E7200 later with a better motherboard.
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