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Hello, I am new to overclocking and I am new to your site and I apologize if I'm posting this in the wrong section.

I am wanting to build a something that can be decently overclocked. I have learned that on a limited budget this can be a very difficult thing to do. I have come up with one configuration that I may be able to build but not sure of how well I would be able to overclock it.....

*Mother Board*
MSI K9N6PGM2-V2 GeForce 6150SE Socket AM2+ mATX

Specs:
Chipset Type:NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE
Multi-Core Supportual-Core / Triple-core / Quad-core
Max Bus Speed: 1000 MHz
Processor: 0 ( 1 ) - Socket AM2+
64-bit Processors Compatibility: Yes
Supported RAM Technology: DDR2 SDRAM
Storage Controller: ATA-133, Serial ATA-300 (RAID)
Supported RAM Speed: PC2-6400, PC2-5300


*CPU*
AMD Phenom X3 8650 2.3GHz 3x512KB Socket AM2+ Triple-Core

Specs:
AMD Phenom X3 Triple-Core Processor
2300 MHz frequency (2.3 GHz)
2 MB L3 Cache
3 x 512 KB L2 Cache
3 x 128 KB L1 Cache
Socket AM2+
1.05 - 1.25V voltage
65 nm SOI CMOS technology
32/64-bit operating mode
True Multi-Core Design
AMD64 with Direct Connect Architecture
HyperTransport 3.0 Technology
Cool 'n' Quiet 2.0 Technology

Cooling Fan:
AVC Socket 775 Aluminum Heat Sink & 3.14" Fan w/4-Pin Connector & Air Duct

*Memory*
CenDyne 2GB DDR2 RAM PC2-6400 240-Pin DIMM

Specs:
2 GB DDR2 (Double Data Rate) RAM
800 MHz
CAS Latency 5
128Mx8
240-pin

I don't think I need to go into the hard drive and optical drives and such. It seems like in order to over clock a system these would be the main items I would have to look at but if you need more information on it then please let me know.

If this set up won't work please let me know and which item would cause the issues so I could try and find a decent replacement for it. The whole system as is is going to cost $225 and with my currently fixed income is a good amount of money.

Thanks in advance and I apologize again is this is in the wrong section.
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it looks OK for a basic overclock, but thats it. For one, the first generation Phenoms were AMD's P4. They ran hot, and they ran slow. For another, i hear that nVidia chipsets suck.

Everything is indeed compatible with each other, its all up to you now to actually overclock it. I would not know much about overclocking an AMD system though, youd have to ask someone else who does.
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Thanks Cyrious,

I am trying to get back into the game and try what I can get for what I have to spend. $250 isn't much to spend on a computer and I'm still learning about building my own machine as I haven't done it in 10 years or so.


I have a new configuration that I am looking at. Decided to go with a more recent AMD processor so help with the over heating problems.

How about this?

*Processor*
AMD Athlon II X2 250 Dual Core

*Mother Board*
MCP6P3 Socket AM3 GeForce 6150 / nForce 430 mATX AMD
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0343056

*Memory*
2GB DDR3-1333MHz (PC-10600) CL9 Desktop Memory Module
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0307438

*Heat Sink/Fan*
Cooler Master Vortex Plus Universal CPU Cooler
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0307438
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STOP. DO NOT GET THAT RAM.
$30 is what you should be spending for 2x2GB of generic 1333 9-9-9 RAM, not 1x2GB! In addition you should be avoiding 1333 9-9-9 on a custom built anyway, you have a choice. Microcenter has a really bad memory selection. You should try shopping for memory elsewhere such as newegg. Here are some better choices for you:
Corsair XMS3 1600 9-9-9 2x2GB - $50, $40 AR
GeIL Value 1600 9-9-9 - $46
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Originally Posted by Valandor062 View Post
Thanks Cyrious,

I am trying to get back into the game and try what I can get for what I have to spend. $250 isn't much to spend on a computer and I'm still learning about building my own machine as I haven't done it in 10 years or so.


I have a new configuration that I am looking at. Decided to go with a more recent AMD processor so help with the over heating problems.

How about this?

*Processor*
AMD Athlon II X2 250 Dual Core

*Mother Board*
MCP6P3 Socket AM3 GeForce 6150 / nForce 430 mATX AMD
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0343056

*Memory*
2GB DDR3-1333MHz (PC-10600) CL9 Desktop Memory Module
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0307438

*Heat Sink/Fan*
Cooler Master Vortex Plus Universal CPU Cooler
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0307438
board (MSI 880GM-E43 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130293

ram (GeIL Value PLUS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model GVP34GB1600C9DC)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820144461

processor (Phenom II x2 Black Edition)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103846

heatsink (Coolermaster Hyper 212+ 120mm heatsink)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103065

should come out to around 250 bucks. You can use the board selected to unlock the dual into a quad if the other two cores are stable, and it being a black edition means overclocking is really easy, just jump up the multiplier, maybe a little extra voltage, and you are set.

just make sure your case can fit the heatsink, 120mm is pretty beefy for a cooler.
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board (MSI 880GM-E43 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130293
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Microatx arent the best for overclocking.
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I do not recommend unlocking with that MSI mobo as it has an unheatsinked 4+1 power phase which is unacceptable for 125W; in addition, MSI mobos are notorious for low-quality mosfets; even heatsinked 4+1 mosfets have blown up on 125W processors before.
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