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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-20-2004, 10:43 AM - Thread Starter
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i am currently in the process of searching for a computer to buy, and i definitely will be buying:

p4 3.0ghz 800mhz fsb HT northwood core
geforce 6800GT
1gb corsair xms 2-3-3-6
enermax 400w powersupply (from old comp)

but, i'm not sure which motherboard i should buy, since i want to overclock to maybe 3.6ish? im looking at the abit is7-e2 ... does anyone possibly know if this motherboard can handle such an overclock? all the reviews ive read indicate no limit to what this holds, just that its "prescott ready" - so i assume that means it should be able to handle a decent overclock?

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i am currently in the process of searching for a computer to buy, and i definitely will be buying:

p4 3.0ghz 800mhz fsb HT northwood core
geforce 6800GT
1gb corsair xms 2-3-3-6
enermax 400w powersupply (from old comp)

but, i'm not sure which motherboard i should buy, since i want to overclock to maybe 3.6ish? im looking at the abit is7-e2 ... does anyone possibly know if this motherboard can handle such an overclock? all the reviews ive read indicate no limit to what this holds, just that its "prescott ready" - so i assume that means it should be able to handle a decent overclock?

preciate it guys
The IS7's are among the best 865 chipset boards on the market. AFAIK they are good up to ~300 mhz FSB, which is more than enough to achieve 3.6 GHz. That RAM, however, may be a limiter for 1:1 operation. What is the rated speed?

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lol im so goofy, heres the ram specs

Corsair XMS Extreme Memory Speed Series
Speed: DDR400(PC3200)
Type: 184 Pin DDR SDRAM
Error Checking: Non-ECC
Registered/Unbuffered: Unbuffered
Cas Latency: 2-3-3-6 T1
Bandwidth: 3.2GB/s
Organization: two 64M x 64 -Bit

Should I get better ram?

im gonna be using this computer mainly for gaming, more specifically counterstrike
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Some PC4000 would probably be in your best interest, if it's in your price range. OCZ gold and komusa.com Hyperam are pretty good deals in 2x512 dual channel configurations. This will give you plenty of overhead for overclocking and killer gaming performance.

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Manufacturer: OCZ
Speed: DDR500(PC4000)
Type: 184 Pin DDR SDRAM
Error Checking: Non-ECC
Registered/Unbuffered: Unbuffered
Cas Latency: 3-4-4-8
Support Voltage: 2.8V
Bandwidth: 4.0GB/s
Organization: two 64M x 64 -Bit
Special Features: Ultra Low Noise shielded PCB

thats only like $40 more than the other ram, so thats definitely within my price range.

also another Q, is your comp loud? i see your beastly system clocked deep in the upper 3s...one of the main reasons im getting a pentium actually is because my 1900xp has a loudass, powerful heatsink (~70dB) and my cpu still gets over 60c, and im afraid the new 64bit amd's will need loud powerful ones too

thanks alot for your help
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That's good stuff, and will probably even do up to DDR510-520

And, I don't keep it in the 3.9's for day-to-day use...that was just a one-time high for posterity's sake. But, at 3.7 24/7, and 3 system fans (including a high-flow 120mm and a Thermaltake II) yeah it's pretty loud. Having no case panels on it doesn't help much either. Ultimately, the more airflow you need (i.e. to achieve higher overclocks), the louder the fan is going to be. It is possible to have relatively quiet water cooling, which will offer better cooling than the best air cooling.

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Might want to see if you can find the 2.5-4-4-7 chips. They aren't too much more than the cas 3's. The highest I've gotten my ocz's to is 270 FSB (DDR540), but some of the reviews I read about them were getting 280 FSB with a 3.0v vdimm.


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