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Digging Myself out of the Hell Called OC'ing on OEM Systems

post #1 of 10
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Over this summer, I plan to get out of what my title said so well, my OEM prebuild PC. I'd like some help with buying a new mobo/cpu (cheaper is better, student budget and all ), making sure I won't have to buy an OS, and eventually doing some OC'ing.

So on to the first things: My prebuild was an HP a6700f from early 2009. Had a AMD 9150e @ 1.8GHz, nvidia GeForce 6150 built in. Mobo is a ECS MCP61PM-HM and 4x1GB sticks of DDR2 800. I've done some upgrades already, but not all the major components. You can see my current build below, but here are my upgrades anyway. I kept my CPU, mobo, and CD/DVD drive. Changed my graphics to Radeon 4830, PSU is ModXPro 500W, case is NZXT M59. Added some fans (5x120mm, 3 are Antec TriCools).

So I'm looking for a cheap mobo and processor. I'm scouring newegg now for anything that looks promising, and I'd like some feedback on the products I post and any suggestions you have for me.

Remember to keep OC'ing in mind when suggesting,

jmki1
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AMD Phenom X4 9150e ECS MCP61PM-HM ATI 4830 4 x 1GB DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Seagate 500GB @ 7200RPM Windows 7 x64 built 7600 Viewsonic VA2226w 22in Widescreen 1680x1050 Native HP PS2 Keyboard 
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AMD Phenom X4 9150e ECS MCP61PM-HM ATI 4830 4 x 1GB DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Seagate 500GB @ 7200RPM Windows 7 x64 built 7600 Viewsonic VA2226w 22in Widescreen 1680x1050 Native HP PS2 Keyboard 
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ModXStream Pro 500W [Modular] NZXT M59 HP PS2 Mouse / HP USB Mobile Wireless Mouse Mousepad (PSU: University Park) 
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post #2 of 10
Cheap as in...? Whats your budget?
    
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Intel Core i5 2500K @ 4.2ghz 1.27v Biostar TZ77XE3 Asus R9 390 STRIX 8GB 16GB DDR3 1600 kingston hyper X 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 500GB F1 + WD 1TB + Crucial 120GB SSD Asus DVD-RW SATA ARCTIC FREEZER i32 Push/Pull Corsair AF120 Windows 10 64 Professional 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Crossover Q27 Cougar Attack X3 Antec Truepower 750W AzzA Solano 1000 Full Tower 
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Cyber Snipa SILENCER 5000DPI none X-Raider 5.1 PCI, Creative Inspire 5.1 surround  
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Samsung 500GB F1 + WD 1TB + Crucial 120GB SSD Asus DVD-RW SATA ARCTIC FREEZER i32 Push/Pull Corsair AF120 Windows 10 64 Professional 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Crossover Q27 Cougar Attack X3 Antec Truepower 750W AzzA Solano 1000 Full Tower 
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post #3 of 10
You should consider a used cpu from here or ebay,You can save a lot and usually it won't make a difference.
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OCZ VERTEX 2 50GB SSD/WD 500GB Blue/WD640GB Black Samsung DVD/RW Corsair H-50 Windows 10 home 64 Bit Retail 
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ASUS 24"1080P LED Asus VE248H Abs M1 Cooler master silent pro 600 modular M600 RS-60... Lian Li Lancool PCK-58 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OCZ VERTEX 2 50GB SSD/WD 500GB Blue/WD640GB Black Samsung DVD/RW Corsair H-50 Windows 10 home 64 Bit Retail 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS 24"1080P LED Asus VE248H Abs M1 Cooler master silent pro 600 modular M600 RS-60... Lian Li Lancool PCK-58 
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post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
First mobo that comes up is the GIGABYTE GA-MA770-UD3. I tend to stick to brand names when shopping cheap boards.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128376

I'm using newegg's power search, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ue=727%3A48086

No price limitations, but I just sort by cheapest.

As for processors, I can easily pick up a cheap 2.8 dual core,

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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom X4 9150e ECS MCP61PM-HM ATI 4830 4 x 1GB DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Seagate 500GB @ 7200RPM Windows 7 x64 built 7600 Viewsonic VA2226w 22in Widescreen 1680x1050 Native HP PS2 Keyboard 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
ModXStream Pro 500W [Modular] NZXT M59 HP PS2 Mouse / HP USB Mobile Wireless Mouse Mousepad (PSU: University Park) 
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AMD Phenom X4 9150e ECS MCP61PM-HM ATI 4830 4 x 1GB DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Seagate 500GB @ 7200RPM Windows 7 x64 built 7600 Viewsonic VA2226w 22in Widescreen 1680x1050 Native HP PS2 Keyboard 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
ModXStream Pro 500W [Modular] NZXT M59 HP PS2 Mouse / HP USB Mobile Wireless Mouse Mousepad (PSU: University Park) 
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post #5 of 10
If you let us know what you're looking to spend on a motherboard/processor/cooling combo we can much easier narrow it down. $200? $150?
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Cool story, bro!
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i7 3770k Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H Gigabyte HD 7970 Reference Ripjaws Z 
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Crucial M4 Caviar Black ASUS DVD XSPC Raystorm 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
EK FC-7970 w/ Backplate Copper/Acetal RX360 w/ 3x Yate Loon High Speed in Push XSPC Dual Bay Res w/ D5 Pump Windows 7 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
ASUS VE226H ASUS VE226H Cooler Master Quickfire Rapid Corsair HX850 
CaseMouseMouse Pad
HAF 932 Advanced Razer Deathadder QcK Mini 
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Q9550@ 3.5GHz w/ 1.191v Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P Sapphire Reference 5850 @ 775/1100 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Crucial C300 Spinpoint F3 Caviar Black ASUS DVD-RW 
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Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Samsung 23" Saitek Eclipse III 
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Cool story, bro!
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 Caviar Black ASUS DVD XSPC Raystorm 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
EK FC-7970 w/ Backplate Copper/Acetal RX360 w/ 3x Yate Loon High Speed in Push XSPC Dual Bay Res w/ D5 Pump Windows 7 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
ASUS VE226H ASUS VE226H Cooler Master Quickfire Rapid Corsair HX850 
CaseMouseMouse Pad
HAF 932 Advanced Razer Deathadder QcK Mini 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9550@ 3.5GHz w/ 1.191v Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P Sapphire Reference 5850 @ 775/1100 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Crucial C300 Spinpoint F3 Caviar Black ASUS DVD-RW 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Samsung 23" Saitek Eclipse III 
PowerCaseMouse
Corsair 430W NZXT Source 210 Wolf King 
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post #6 of 10
Buy 2nd hand stuff! I do it most of the time ! ( but buying from ebay is a bit dangerous So have a look at the sell b4 u buy it)
~`Power Sukr!`~
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[SAMSUNG™] 500GB SATA [SONY™] COMBO DRIVE |Windows| 7® |32Bit| [Samsung] |933 Plus| 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
[SAMSUNG™] 500GB SATA [SONY™] COMBO DRIVE |Windows| 7® |32Bit| [Samsung] |933 Plus| 
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post #7 of 10
Buy my sig mobo (790gx) + cpu! Or even just my mobo so I can move to m-atx htpc =D
woot 2600th post!
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WD 640green; WD 500blue LG Dvd-rw Windows 7 64bit HannsG 22"LCD, Sharp 42"LCD 
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post #8 of 10
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Sorry about not giving enough info...

Looking at around 150-200 total as a budget I can go more, but the point of a budget is to restrict yourself.

I will probably be buying second hand. Congrats on 2600 getbigtony, and I'll keep that offer in mind. What are you expecting for it?

I'm just trying to nail down a good cheap processor/mobo first, I'll worry about pricing later (unless I'm going about this the wrong way).
Current System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom X4 9150e ECS MCP61PM-HM ATI 4830 4 x 1GB DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Seagate 500GB @ 7200RPM Windows 7 x64 built 7600 Viewsonic VA2226w 22in Widescreen 1680x1050 Native HP PS2 Keyboard 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
ModXStream Pro 500W [Modular] NZXT M59 HP PS2 Mouse / HP USB Mobile Wireless Mouse Mousepad (PSU: University Park) 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom X4 9150e ECS MCP61PM-HM ATI 4830 4 x 1GB DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Seagate 500GB @ 7200RPM Windows 7 x64 built 7600 Viewsonic VA2226w 22in Widescreen 1680x1050 Native HP PS2 Keyboard 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
ModXStream Pro 500W [Modular] NZXT M59 HP PS2 Mouse / HP USB Mobile Wireless Mouse Mousepad (PSU: University Park) 
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post #9 of 10
im selling my 955 if you bought it and a second hand mobo you'd stay under 200.
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Vertex 3 120GB SSD  2x WD 1TB Caviar Black SATA3 WD Caviar Black 640GB SATA2 HP DVD-RW 1170i 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Prolimatech Megahalem 2x Delta AFB1212SHE  7x Cooler Master SickleFlow R4 fans Windows 7 Professional 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2x Samsung SyncMaster E2420 23.6" 1920x1080 Logitech G15 Corsair HX1000W Cooler Master HAF932 (Fan Mod) 
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Logitech G400 Generic 
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3.0GHz P4 w/HT Asus P5GDC-V deluxe ATI HD 3450 2GB DDR400 
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1x WD 360GB 1x WD 120GB 3xDead LiteOn DVDROM LiteON DVDRW XP SP3 x86 AG Neovo 17" (Sceptre 21" 1080p died) 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Vertex 3 120GB SSD  2x WD 1TB Caviar Black SATA3 WD Caviar Black 640GB SATA2 HP DVD-RW 1170i 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Prolimatech Megahalem 2x Delta AFB1212SHE  7x Cooler Master SickleFlow R4 fans Windows 7 Professional 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2x Samsung SyncMaster E2420 23.6" 1920x1080 Logitech G15 Corsair HX1000W Cooler Master HAF932 (Fan Mod) 
MouseMouse Pad
Logitech G400 Generic 
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3.0GHz P4 w/HT Asus P5GDC-V deluxe ATI HD 3450 2GB DDR400 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1x WD 360GB 1x WD 120GB 3xDead LiteOn DVDROM LiteON DVDRW XP SP3 x86 AG Neovo 17" (Sceptre 21" 1080p died) 
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post #10 of 10
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@nameUnknown and @getBigTony (EDIT: sorry about name changes, just some java programming style seeping through)

I looked at those (unknown's cpu and tony's mobo) and they look great, fit my needs and aren't half bad. I'd love to know individual pricing, and of course anything else, like how used it is (ownership period, problems, etc.).

@unknown, users have had problems with your board and drivers for win 7. Since you have win 7 as your primary OS, any problems with drivers? I'll be doing more research, but I'd be using onboard sound, a Radeon 4830 and some 4x1GB RAM, DDR2 800. It's the original HP Ram, manufactured by Hyundai Electronics, Part Number HYMP112U64CP8-S6.

@tony, that would be great. Seeing by cpu below, that's going to be one heck of a jump. Any luck on OC'ing?
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AMD Phenom X4 9150e ECS MCP61PM-HM ATI 4830 4 x 1GB DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Seagate 500GB @ 7200RPM Windows 7 x64 built 7600 Viewsonic VA2226w 22in Widescreen 1680x1050 Native HP PS2 Keyboard 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
ModXStream Pro 500W [Modular] NZXT M59 HP PS2 Mouse / HP USB Mobile Wireless Mouse Mousepad (PSU: University Park) 
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AMD Phenom X4 9150e ECS MCP61PM-HM ATI 4830 4 x 1GB DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Seagate 500GB @ 7200RPM Windows 7 x64 built 7600 Viewsonic VA2226w 22in Widescreen 1680x1050 Native HP PS2 Keyboard 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
ModXStream Pro 500W [Modular] NZXT M59 HP PS2 Mouse / HP USB Mobile Wireless Mouse Mousepad (PSU: University Park) 
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