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post #1 of 3
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Hello All.

I'm building a machine with the following components and would like some input on what sort of OverClock is achievable and what sort of cooling i should use (I'd like to avoid liquid).

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.0GHz @ 1333MHz (Stock)
MoBo: Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R LGA775 iP45 ATX (1600MHz max bus speed)
RAM: 8GB(4x2) DDR2 PC2-8500 1066MHz
PSU: CiT 700UB Black Edition 700W
GPU: PNY Verto Geforce 8400 GS PCI-E 256MB

Thanks in advance
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Quad Q9650 Asus P5Q SE2 PNY Geforce 8400 GS 256MB Kingston HyperX 8GB DDR2 PC2-8500 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x WD Caviar Green 2TB 1x Seagate 640GB Pioneer DVR-S18LBK 22x Dual Boot: Mac OS X 10.6.4, Windows 7 Samsung Syncmaster P2450H 24" WIDE TFT (2MS) 
PowerCase
Corsair TX 650W Antec Sonata Elite ATX 
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Core 2 Quad Q9650 Asus P5Q SE2 PNY Geforce 8400 GS 256MB Kingston HyperX 8GB DDR2 PC2-8500 
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2x WD Caviar Green 2TB 1x Seagate 640GB Pioneer DVR-S18LBK 22x Dual Boot: Mac OS X 10.6.4, Windows 7 Samsung Syncmaster P2450H 24" WIDE TFT (2MS) 
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I am not sure about 775 (been some time since i used that)
But the Megahalem is one of the best air coolers out there for the money,

Or some people prefer the Corsair H50.


8GB is ALOT of memory. Even high end i7 systems mostly have 6gb and most people dont even use that. I would say stick to 4gb.

If you are playing you will need a better graphics card. Depending on your budget.

Also i am not sure about CiT, the most important thing is to get a good quality PSU or it can ruin your components (Get a corsair or something)
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i5 2500K Rampage Gene-Z EVGA GTX570 DS G-Skill sniper 8GB 1600Mhz 
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120Gb SSD + 1tbf3 H70 + typhoon Windows 7 24" Samsung P2450 
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600w Modxstream Silverstone Ps07 
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i5 2500K Rampage Gene-Z EVGA GTX570 DS G-Skill sniper 8GB 1600Mhz 
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120Gb SSD + 1tbf3 H70 + typhoon Windows 7 24" Samsung P2450 
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600w Modxstream Silverstone Ps07 
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post #3 of 3
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Hi
Cheers for the quick reply;
I've had an eye on the Megahalem- can you recommend a good fan to go with it?
Any rough idea what i might be able to get my cores up to with that as cooling? 3.5GHz?

As for the 8GB, this machine will be running Mac OS X for Logic Studio and Final Cut (64-bit OS, as is the software and it'll be used for Intensive Audio/ Video rendering) and it'll rarley be switched off, so extra memory's always useful
( Besides its bargain priced )

Yea that GPU is just temporary to get it up & running quicker, will eventually switch to a Sapphire-ATI-Radeon-HD-4850-512MB-DDR3 or something similar.

I'm paranoid about that PSU now lol, i'll look into that cheers for the heads up.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Quad Q9650 Asus P5Q SE2 PNY Geforce 8400 GS 256MB Kingston HyperX 8GB DDR2 PC2-8500 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x WD Caviar Green 2TB 1x Seagate 640GB Pioneer DVR-S18LBK 22x Dual Boot: Mac OS X 10.6.4, Windows 7 Samsung Syncmaster P2450H 24" WIDE TFT (2MS) 
PowerCase
Corsair TX 650W Antec Sonata Elite ATX 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Quad Q9650 Asus P5Q SE2 PNY Geforce 8400 GS 256MB Kingston HyperX 8GB DDR2 PC2-8500 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x WD Caviar Green 2TB 1x Seagate 640GB Pioneer DVR-S18LBK 22x Dual Boot: Mac OS X 10.6.4, Windows 7 Samsung Syncmaster P2450H 24" WIDE TFT (2MS) 
PowerCase
Corsair TX 650W Antec Sonata Elite ATX 
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