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THIS THREAD IS NOW DEAD, THANKYOU TO EVERYONE THAT HELPED!

Hey everyone,

During this winter and summer I'm wanting to build my own rig by hand, then OC it. However I am a lovely noob when it comes to doing all of this myself and would really appreciate a hand.

My first series of noobtastic questions are:
1. What are the benefits of lapping a CPU, how risky is this for a begginer?

2. What essentials do I need to overclock my rig?

3. Should I invest in watercooling or is an un-nescessary luxury for the non hardcore OC'er?

Please feel free to direct me to something to read rather than write it out yourself, I love a good read.

I'm going to put together a rough build, I will then edit this post and post it here.

Thanks everyone!
Edited by p0isonapple - 6/14/08 at 7:40pm
    
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1. What are the benefits of lapping a CPU, how risky is this for a begginer?

If you lap your CPU and HSF, you get better contact and therefore better heat transfer, this gives you lower temperatures and more overclocking head room. I do not advise doing this unless you can't get the temps you want, and don't want to shell out the money for w/c.

2. What essentials do I need to overclock my rig?

You need a good mobo, good cpu, good RAM, and a stable PSU.

3. Should I invest in watercooling or is an un-nescessary luxury for the non hardcore OC'er?

Unless you're going to be using a 65nm quad, watercooling is unnecessary.
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Hey reaper, thanks again for the lovely quick reply mate.

I was thinking about waiting for the new DFI P45 LanParty MOBO what do you think? Also, in reference to the Buffalo FireStix, they're not available in Australia unless they are imported. Can you reccommend any other quality RAM?
    
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Hey reaper, thanks again for the lovely quick reply mate.

I was thinking about waiting for the new DFI P45 LanParty MOBO what do you think? Also, in reference to the Buffalo FireStix, they're not available in Australia unless they are imported. Can you reccommend any other quality RAM?
I don't see the point in waiting for the DFI's, the Asus P5Q Deluxe (200ish in USA) has been overclocking very easily to 500+FSB.

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Anything that has Micron D9GMH or GKX(rare) will be great.
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Thankyou heaps for the advice buddy. Do you have a preference over your own Q9450, or the E8400?
    
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Thankyou heaps for the advice buddy. Do you have a preference over your own Q9450, or the E8400?
I go for the quads, since I overclock both to 4Ghz. It's really a matter of budget.
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Budget isn't a real concern, I want this rig to be well worth it, however I don't want to waste money i.e buying a QX9650.
    
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Budget isn't a real concern, I want this rig to be well worth it, however I don't want to waste money i.e buying a QX9650.
I'd go with a Q9450, it's not that much more than an E8400 ($150 difference) With the P45, you should be able to get it up to AT LEAST 3.6 if not 4. Just make sure you get a TRUE and powerful fan (The ones in my sig are amazing but extremely loud)
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I'll rip off your cooling solution entirely if you don't mind mate? Noise hasn't ever bothered me. (:

Again on the RAM issue, should I be going for 800Mhz or 1066Mhz. I've found RAM by Transcend Geil and Crucial that are Micron GKX and readily available here.
    
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I'll rip off your cooling solution entirely if you don't mind mate? Noise hasn't ever bothered me. (:

Again on the RAM issue, should I be going for 800Mhz or 1066Mhz. I've found RAM by Transcend Geil and Crucial that are Micron GKX and readily available here.
My cooler works great, be careful when picking your RAM, the list I showed you is only supposed to stray you in the right direction. Many Crucial Ballistix RAM is now single sided and uses D9HNL(overclocks well, but not nearly as well as GKX/GMH)
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