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how far can a 3700+ W/DDR500 go?

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Ok, this isn’t my first OC, but it is for AMD. I’m going to be building a new system, 500-800$ at a time. The only things I have made my mind up on so far is the proc (3700+ due to its stability at the 2.7-2.9 OC speeds) with a Zalman CNPS9500 to keep it cool, and the Asus A8n32 (for the dual X16 for future upgradeability [lets just hope it works and isn’t dead out of the box]).

For ram, I have been poking around with reviews and pondering a few simple things. Would I be better off with Mushkin X-P DDR500, or the OCZ Platinum DDR500? Or how about I go for broke with the XMS DDR550?

Does anyone know from personal experience which one is more stable at a higher clock? I can read reviews and specs all day and not be sure of it myself, so I’m just wondering.

I have been thinking about this system for about a month now. Trying to factor in future upgrades, how much it’s going to cost, best performance for the best price, and how long it’s going to take for my girlfriend to leave me when all I do is play BF2 and FEAR on this thing.


Other plans for the system are:

NZXT Lexa (with PSU wire reduction, ill clip them and hide them, string them together, and get them out of sight, I hate having a sloppy looking case…)
X-Fi Platinum
DVD-RAM burners (x2)
(2X) 320Gb SATA 2 (raided)
500Gb SATA 2

Thanks for your time and any suggestion you may have
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get a 7900
GT or GTX depending on how good you want it and how much you have to spend
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How about 2 XFX 7900 GT XXX's? cheaper and should be about as good. If I can get them...
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