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Well the time has finally come to start a fresh and abandon by old P4 1.8GHz(Many would say this day was long over due) and money now permitting I can build a new system. Below is the proposed spec.

AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego 90nm

Asus A8N-SLi Premium nForce4 SLi (Socket 939) PCIe

G.Skill 2GB DDR ZX PC3200 (2x1GB) CAS2 Dual Channel Kit

BFG GeForce 7800 GTX OC 512MB GDDR3 VIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI PCIe

Western Digital Caviar SE 160GB 1600JS SATA2 8MB

Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1

NEC ND4550 16x16 DVD±RW Dual Layer ReWriter

Thermaltake VB1000BNS Soprano SuperMidi Tower

Tagan TG530-U15 530W ATX2.01 Easycon SLi Silent PSU

Thermaltake Big Typhoon 4 in 1 Heatpipe



(My budget dosn't quite stretch to OCZ memory, so I have gone for G.Skill instead)

Its been a while since I have complied a system, and I am relatively new to overclocking. So could people please help me out by offering advice and pointing out any glaring errors in my build before I fork out a painfull sum of cash.

Manythanks in advance,
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Originally Posted by Queequeg
Well the time has finally come to start a fresh and abandon by old P4 1.8GHz(Many would say this day was long over due) and money now permitting I can build a new system. Below is the proposed spec.

AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego 90nm

Asus A8N-SLi Premium nForce4 SLi (Socket 939) PCIe

G.Skill 2GB DDR ZX PC3200 (2x1GB) CAS2 Dual Channel Kit

BFG GeForce 7800 GTX OC 512MB GDDR3 VIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI PCIe

Western Digital Caviar SE 160GB 1600JS SATA2 8MB

Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1

NEC ND4550 16x16 DVD±RW Dual Layer ReWriter

Thermaltake VB1000BNS Soprano SuperMidi Tower

Tagan TG530-U15 530W ATX2.01 Easycon SLi Silent PSU

Thermaltake Big Typhoon 4 in 1 Heatpipe



(My budget dosn't quite stretch to OCZ memory, so I have gone for G.Skill instead)

Its been a while since I have complied a system, and I am relatively new to overclocking. So could people please help me out by offering advice and pointing out any glaring errors in my build before I fork out a painfull sum of cash.

Manythanks in advance,
It'd be a really good idea if you showed us how much you're paying for each piece. It wouldn't surprise me if members could help you save a few bucks here and there simply by ordering from somewhere different or entering coupon codes. With that said, I don't like the motherboard. I've not only seen a few people held back by it with their OC, but this review didn't exactly give it honors. Also, if there is any possible way that you can up your sound card budget to $105, you really want to get an X-Fi.
http://anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=2358&p=5
Edit: Btw, aren't there any parts you can carry over to your new build? Unless you're dying to get a new hard drive, whatever you're using should be fine and won't hurt game performance at all. Same thing with cdrom, I understand if you want a DVD burner, but just make sure it's something you're actually gonna use right away. If it's not, you can add it later on after your pocketbook recovers =)
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I would go with the pc4000 2x1g set from gskill. Or, there is a 2x1G set of OCZ for $199, that clocks up to 270 -280. that would be nice also...
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After Seeing the review of AMD's Opteron 144 I have decided to opt for a E4 stepping of the CPU.

Below is the revison of the list including Prices. I have looked around the net at uk suppliers mostly to find that prices either don't vary much or that I can't get the parts I need. To keep P&P cost low I think I will be going with 2 suppliers. overclockers.co.uk and Scan.co.uk.

AMD Opteron 144
£98.91
Asus A8N-SLi Premium nForce4 SLi (Socket 939) PCIe
£114
G.Skill 2GB DDR ZX PC3200 (2x1GB) CAS2 Dual Channel Kit
£158.57
BFG GeForce 7800 GTX OC 512MB GDDR3 VIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI PCIe (GPU@580mhz, memory 1750MHZ)
£469.94
Western Digital Caviar SE 160GB 1600JS SATA2 8MB
£63.39
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1
£17.63
NEC ND4550 16x16 DVD±RW Dual Layer ReWriter
£30.00
Thermaltake VB1000BNS Soprano SuperMidi Tower
£46.94
Tagan TG530-U15 530W ATX2.01 Easycon SLi Silent PSU
£70.44
Thermaltake Big Typhoon 4 in 1 Heatpipe
£25.79

Total:1095.61

As for recycling parts of my old PC, I have promised my parents that privillage.

Yes It would be very nice to have a great sound card but may 2.1 speaker system won't do it justice.
post #5 of 8
Keep in mind that you will only have a x9 multiplier with the 144. So to clock around 2.7-2.9, you are gonna need a motherboard that can easily push the 300fsb.
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Raptor75 10,000rpm ThermalTake TR2 500w Antec SuperLanboy 
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tytlyf wrote:
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Keep in mind that you will only have a x9 multiplier with the 144. So to clock around 2.7-2.9, you are gonna need a motherboard that can easily push the 300fsb
Can the Asus A8N-SLi Premium do this? or will I need to invest in a DFI board instead. I have heard DFI boards are tricky to setup but ultimately the best platform for clocking.

I have heard that even to worst 144's can be easily clocked to 2.8 whilst the better steppings can reach 3+. I would obviously like a board that can support this kind of overcloaking. So is the Asus up to the job or should I choose a DFI board and if so which one?
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ASUS boards only go up to 300 FSB (from what I have heard), so I would go for an NF4 DFI 939 board. Those will go up to 450MHz FSB, which you will never get to.
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post #8 of 8
well you can keep the asus board, but only 300 FSB maximum will only get you to 2,700mhz. You will not be able to go higher than 2700 unless you get the next opteron up, which would be the 146. Or a different motherboard. If you are interested in getting a DFI, head over to dfi-street.com to read up on tutorials and setup guides to get you going. It's really not that hard with these boards..
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