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Hey everyone! I am new to this board, but would like advice on a new system I want to put together. I know a fair amount about computers, but I am definitely no expert, so feel free to educate me.

Anyways...I want to put together a computer for max performance on a budget. I have access to water-cooling parts through my brother who works for one of the manufacturers, so I am thinking of doing a water-cooled system for max. overclock.

Here are the components I am thinking about:

ASUS P5LD2 Deluxe Mobo
Intel P4 630 Prescott EM64T @ 3.0GHz
Nvidia GeForce 7800 GTX
Cooler-Master Centurion 5 or Centurion 532 (haven't decided)
Western Digital Caviar 250GB SATA
perhaps ASUS power supply...400+ Watt
Water-cooling components for CPU and GPU cooling

As I understand there is a problem with the new GTX card and the water block, so I will probably start with air-cooled and add the water cooling as I up the processor speed and a GPU water block becomes available.

I want to try to get this thing up to 3.8GHz. Is the processor I listed dual-core? Should I be going for dual-core? I don't know if I quite understand everything about overclocking...especially the 1:1 RAM thing and the different multipliers for the different components.

Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions.

-Erik
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5-4590 Haswell ASUS Z97-PRO (Wi-Fi ac) EVGA GeForce GTX960 G.Skill 16GB (2x8\GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Intel 730 Series SSD 240GB Lite-On 16X DVD±R 5 Fans Windows 7 Professional 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell Ultrasharp U2410 Saitek Eclipse Seasonic X750 Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 
MouseMouse Pad
MX518 None 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5-4590 Haswell ASUS Z97-PRO (Wi-Fi ac) EVGA GeForce GTX960 G.Skill 16GB (2x8\GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Intel 730 Series SSD 240GB Lite-On 16X DVD±R 5 Fans Windows 7 Professional 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell Ultrasharp U2410 Saitek Eclipse Seasonic X750 Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 
MouseMouse Pad
MX518 None 
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No thats a single core processor, the dual core are Pentuim D 8xx series, 1:1 means the fsb and ram are set to the same speed, when you overclock you raise the fsb and the ram goes up with it, cpu multi x fsb = clock speed, ram is double data rate (ddr) so if its listed as a ddr400mhz its actually 200mhz one way, example 400mhz ddr ram, 2ghz celeron, 200mhz fsb, 200 x 10(cpu multi) = 2ghz 200mhz ram (ddr so its actually 400mhz) if you upped the fsb to 210 then it would go 210 x 10 = 2.1ghz and the ram would be set at 210 (420mhz ddr). This is how a system with ddr1 on a 1:1 ratio would be, I'm not completely sure as to the ddr2 systems Intel has now, I'm more of an AMD guy. Click my name and get in contact with me be it AIM/private message and I can help with any questions as long as I know the answer.
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If you want the ability to hit 3.8 (not saying the CPU will do it, but this will remove the RAM from the equation as a limiting factor), you will want DDR2-533/PC2-4200 at least. Then again, the newer chipsets do offer RAM>CPU dividers, so going for even faster RAM will allow you to achieve even higher bandwidht, if the RAM supports (say) a 3:4 divider.

Out of the components listed, I'm not sure about Asus PSU's, but these three are all top notch:

http://froogle.google.com/froogle?q=...en&sa=N&tab=wf

http://froogle.google.com/froogle?ti...Search+Froogle

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817103464

Other than that, everything looks pretty good.
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CPUMotherboardOSMonitor
P4-M 532 (3.06, SL7DT) Abit IS7-E2 XP Pro SP2 Sony 21" CRT 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
MS natural TTGI Super Flower 550W Lian Li mobo tray MS optical wheel 
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MS natural TTGI Super Flower 550W Lian Li mobo tray MS optical wheel 
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