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Hey i'm a new poster on here and just wanted to know what would be the best mobo if i wanted to overclock a i7 processor. Uptil now i've quite happily been running a Core Duo 2 Quad Q9650 on a intel DG33FB. But now i want to overclock and can't because the board doesn't support it. However, i want to build a new system rather than upgrade that so if you could help me out on what would be the best mobo and whether i needed a certain ram design to help me get the best out of the system.
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whats your max price you can spend on the board?
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whats your max price you can spend on the board?
£250-300 maybe.

I'd like to achieve maybe a 4.0 ghz overclock.. Maybe even pushing 5.0ghz
Edited by infyente - 3/27/11 at 6:25pm
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£250-300 maybe.
for the best mobo/cpu combo, I would look into getting an i5-2500k and this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131701

that mobo is one of the best 1155 socket mobos on the market right now, especially for overclocking.

You can comfortably push the 2500k to 4.5-4.8 GHz on air cooling and more on water cooling. It is a dual channel ram setup so go for either 2, 4 or 6 sticks of ram. Usually people go for 8gb with that cpu.

you could go for the i7-2600k if you want to spend a little more. However I do not think the performance increase justifies the increased cost from the 2500k.
Edited by omnius19 - 3/27/11 at 6:28pm
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for the best mobo/cpu combo, I would look into getting an i5-2500k and this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131701

that mobo is one of the best 1155 socket mobos on the market right now, especially for overclocking.

You can comfortably push the 2500k to 4.5-4.8 GHz on air cooling and more on water cooling. It is a dual channel ram setup so go for either 2, 4 or 6 sticks of ram. Usually people go for 8gb with that cpu.

you could go for the i7-2600k if you want to spend a little more. However I do not think the performance increase justifies the increased cost from the 2500k.
hmm thanks for that. helps a lot to speak to someone who knows what they are talking about rather than these half wits they call customer assistants at shops.
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hmm thanks for that. helps a lot to speak to someone who knows what they are talking about rather than these half wits they call customer assistants at shops.
no problem I'm happy to help. And about the mobo, it is out of stock at newegg right now but look around other places for it. 1155 socket mobos are in short supply right now. However it is worth the wait to get a sandybridge cpu system up and running. The second generation sandybridge i5/i7 cpus are much better and overclock much higher than their first gen counterparts.
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Good to see You on OCN, Mate!

Dependent upon how "in the know" You have been in the last 2 years, You may have heard of a relatively new Intel Architecture, named Sandy Bridge.

I highly suggest considering a build with this as Your base. Many of us here could agree with the I felt when seeing that this "mainstream" Intel socket gave the very best the previous socket had to offer at a third of the price. Moreover, the RAM and Motherboard needed for such a build are also comparable if not lower than the previous Intel socket.

I will use an example, for Your consideration:

See my Signature Rig below. As You can see, I have an Intel i7 Build, and I am happy with it! However, we all live and learn.

Intel i7 960 3.2GHz Bloomfield Quad Core CPU ($289.99 US)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-224-_-Product

ASUS P6X58D-E Socket 1366 Motherboard ($219.99 US)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-641-_-Product

Corsair XMS3 6GB (3x2GB) 1600 (12800) DDR3 RAM ($99.99 US)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-286-_-Product

Total Cost = $609. 97
This has been a great set-up for me. Backed up by a 2GB ATI 6970 Graphics Card, 90GB SSD, and a Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler. Have reached 4.0GHz with little effort and time. YAY!

Now, a look at the above mentioned Sandy Bridge Architechure in a similar build:

Intel i7-2600k 3.4GHz Sandy Bridge Quad Core CPU ($299.99 US)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-071-_-Product

ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) Socket 1155 Motherboard ($239.99 US)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-701-_-Product

G. Skill Ripjaw Series 8GB (2x4GB) 1600 (12800) DDR3 RAM ($129.99US)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231445

Total Cost: $669.97 US
Price Difference: $60.00 US

So, why fork out the extra $60? Quickly, You can see that the Sandy Bridge suggestion includeds 8GB of RAM, unlike the 1366 suggested 6GB. 2 more GB of RAM Fun-ness. Also, there are tons of people running their new Sandy Bridge CPU's at 4.4GHz on the STOCK COOLER, and others that approach and break 5.0GHz when applying a smart BIOS and appropriate cooler.

Please remember that these two suggestions are, while not the very best out there, commonly consider great build bundles. Also consider that there are less expensive hardware in either the 1366 or Sandy Bridge architechure to look at - and if You want help looking, I would be willing.

I would start here. Just start looking around Your area to see what You have available and decide how much You are willing to spend, and let these two variables choose a path for You. And best of luck! Don't settle. StayThirsty, My Friend.
Edited by Cloudbreaker - 3/27/11 at 7:11pm
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£300 get the rampage III extreme of overclockers uk or if you want to save money go for the gene version or if you wana save more money get the sabertooth

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=MB-395-AS
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=MB-417-AS
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...-429-AS&tool=5
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