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I am doing some upgrades to my machine and plan to purchase the following components (ram, psu, m/b, gfx, cpu, and ide controller card so that I can use all of my old hard drives). The system will not be used for games, but I do hope to OC as much as possible.

Working on a very tight budget.



I imagine that it would be best to get a real CPU cooling solution, but I figure that the stock intel unit will allow me to safely go to 3.0 or 3.2 ghz with the e2160, assuming I don't have to push up the voltage too much.

Would love to hear your opinions, suggestions, constructive criticism of my build!

Thanks,
dynocomet
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Well, for that tight of a budget, I personally would go with AMD. However, if Intel floats your boat, then I would recommend getting the Gigabyte P35 DS3L for just a couple dollars more.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128337
    
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Everything looks good except for the CPU.

You can get an E2180, for $1 more, and it will probably overclock a lot further.
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So, for $3 more, you can get a better CPU and Mobo, and OC even higher.

Do it!
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by pow3rtr1p View Post
So, for $3 more, you can get a better CPU and Mobo, and OC even higher.

Do it!
Yup.

Edit: If you get the GA-P35-DS3L it has onboard IDE, so you don't need to buy the IDE add-on card unless you really want it.
Edited by mrtn400 - 6/11/08 at 10:29am
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If not used for games... what will you be using it for? Do you REALLY need to overclock?
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post #7 of 12
Just a word of warning. The stock cooler was only good for me at 2.6ghz (1.39v after vdroop) So even a freezer 7 would be a worthy investment. I agree with the others get the gigabyte and e2180 (the 10x multi is easier to work out and puts less strain on the mobo)
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Is the stock E8400 cooler better? I have one just laying here...
    
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post #9 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by pow3rtr1p View Post
Is the stock E8400 cooler better? I have one just laying here...
Depends. The higher range processors have a HSF with a copper core which I presume perform better.
post #10 of 12
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Let me try to address everyone's comments.

1) Going for intel instead of AMD because it's my understanding that, if you're planning to OC, you can get much better results -- in terms of performance per dollar -- from intel chips. That said, there is a great deal on AMD Black Edition 5000+ from newegg right now ($67). So if anyone wants to recommend to me a motherboard that, along with the 5000+, would be faster than my planned intel config, for same price or less, I'm all ears...

2) I chose the ABIT IP35P over a Gigagbyte P35 DS3L because the ABIT is $30 cheaper after rebate.

3) I chose the e2160 instead of the e2180 because I've seen reports that some recent batches of e2180s aren't overclocking that well. The e2160s, on the other hand, seem to be super reliable in that regard.

4) Though I am not a gamer, I'm still interested in OC'ing because I do intense 2d graphic design work as well as audio/video encoding. Besides, why not always strive to get the max stable performance out of one's components? Isn't that the overclock.net way?

-Dynocomet
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