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I just started oc'ing and i'm regretting that i cheaped out on both my mobo and my ram. should i go after a new mobo first or better ram?

my terrible mobo

my terrible ram

when i built the system, i didnt have oc'ing in mind, and i'm regretting it. my best guess is get better ram, but my mobo is terrible for oc'ing (pretty much the only abit w/o uGuru and limited bios options)
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I would personally get the new mobo first; probably a DFI if you want to OC.
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Hey, i think i have the crappiest mobo ever, and ecs 848p-a7. i still managed to oc my pressy 2.66 to 3.3ghz, but its terrible. no one EVER buy an ECS!
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ty, but i dont think dfi will work for me - newegg at least has no pci-e dfi's. any other suggestions are more than welcome. i have a reasonably high budget for this (i'll try not to break 200)
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ty, but i dont think dfi will work for me - newegg at least has no pci-e dfi's. any other suggestions are more than welcome. i have a reasonably high budget for this (i'll try not to break 200)
phh. skip DFI, and go for the Asus P5WD2 Premium motherboard (runs around 200, if you want to save a little, don't get the premium) That's about the best you can get for your price range now.
    
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post #6 of 9
If you're going to overclock, never go with the Value RAM, in some instances like in DDR they are horrible but in DDR2 Value RAM can/could be a good overclocker. I learned that with my AG8-3rd Eye 915P and VS RAM, then upgraded to OCZ TCC5s and the results were good.

High budget limit but not exceeding $200......hmm that can get you a P5WD2-Premium, skip the non-Premium because that one doesn't have beffier CAPs. The P5WD2-P is about $210 but it'll be worth spending that extra $10.

For RAM? The least inexpensive set that you can get would be the PQI Turbo DDR2 667 but if you like Corsair only then the DDR2 675 modules would work great too.
post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by wowza
phh. skip DFI, and go for the Asus P5WD2 Premium motherboard (runs around 200, if you want to save a little, don't get the premium) That's about the best you can get for your price range now.

beat me to it.

OT: wowza, what happened that you had to RMA your board?


The P5WD2 runs about $160 on Newegg, the Premium is about $196, the E-Premium is $270, but it's out of stock (975 chipset).


Great features, awesome OCer, I feel like a broken record, but you'll need a SATA HD if you have 2 optical drives, it claims to have 3 buses for 6 devices, but they don't all work the way you would think they would LOL.

Get the motherboard first, then you can see what kind of RAM you need.......
post #8 of 9
i was the last one the buy the p5wd2 its out of stock now bought it yesterday
post #9 of 9
Back in stock now......and cheaper than before. I bought mine a month or so ago for $205, now it's $192 LOL


And they have had the E-Premium in stock for a couple weeks now, they were out of stock for a month or so when I was buying........and it was listed at $269 then, now the E-Premium is only $224
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