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ok with the 6300 on say evga 680i get to 3gh on air with the ocz plat ram or ya know of better set up?
 

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i see you use ati grapics card is it better than nvidia? was thinking of trying to get the 8800
 

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Do you need a monitor?

E6300 $184
Coupled with the P965 and good cooling, this can easily go to 3.0Ghz. Amazing CPU Power.
GA-P965-DS3 $134.99
Great budget Core 2 Duo board. This can take you up to 500Mhz FSB
2GB DDR2-800 Bufallo Firestix $242.99
Great Micron D9 memory. You will be able to overclock this well.
WD 160GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache SATA3.0 $62.99
An amazing hard drive, get RAID 0 and double the performance.
ASUS X1950PRO $189.99
The best DX9 price / performance out there.
Sunbeam NUUO 550W $64.99
An excellent budget PSU. I have it currently, it runs great and looks
great!
Sceptre 20.1" LCD $199.99
The best monitor for the money. I also have this and it is beautiful.
Gigabyte GZ-XA1CA-STB $89.99
Case is up to you, but I found this to be attractive, sturdy, and well
priced.

Total: $1169.93

If you can afford a little more money, there are definately some upgrades which you benifit you. Such as (in order of importance):
 

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i believe the 8800 series currently is the only series that'll do dx10; although there aren't any drivers for vista yet so it'll probably perform worser than non dx10 card. but under xp, a single 8800 can perform at the level near or above the cards of previous top-end card offered by either ati or nvidia, in either single or dual card configuration; thus you probably should get it if you don't want to do upgrades any time soon. using pauldovi's configuration, you can get the 8800 and still stay within budget if you don't get a new monitor or a new case
 

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ok i have a case and 680 watt ps and a gig of g skill ram ddr2 533 can i use it for now i really want the monitor and 8800 and that is the best reply i have ever had from any site
 

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Okay, well can we get a little more information about the power supply. It may not be in for a 8800GTS. Can you let me know the rails on the 3.3V, 5V, and +12V lines? (They will be on the side of the PSU)

The DDR2-533 memory will severely limit your overclock. In order to get 3.0Ghz for your E6300, you will need a FSB around 428Mhz. That means your memory will need to be running at DDR2-856! You can always upgrade the memory though.

Edit: Do you have any more info on that 250GB SATA drive? Who makes it? What model? How fast? How much cache? SATA 1.5 or 3.0? That can help a lot!


With your current components that you already have, here is what I suggest.

E6400 $224
This will provide you with a higher multiplier so that you can get a higher overclock with your memory. Now you only need a FSB of 375 (DDR2-750) to obtain 3.0Ghz.
ASUS P5B Deluxe $179.99
Simply the best overclocking Core 2 Duo board on the market.
Your Memory For Now
I suggest Crucial DDR2-1000 when you can upgrade. Best memory for the price.
EVGA 8800GTS $399.99
EVGA has the best warranty, RMA, and upgrade options of them all.
2 x WD 160GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache SATA3.0 $62.99 each
You will be amazing how fast games loads and Windows start up with these in RAID0. Remember, you will need a floppy drive to install RAID drivers.
Your PSU for now
I suggest an SilverStone ST75F 750 Watt PSU when the time comes.
Sceptre 20.1" LCD $199.99
The best monitor for the money. I also have this and it is beautiful. If you want to see what I had to say about it, go here.
Your Case
A Turniq Tower for $52.99 or a Scythe SCINF-1000 for $47.99
Turniq Tower is regarded as the best air cooler on the market. They are hard to find and sell fast!

Total: $1237.93

Save money by dropping the 2nd harddrive or by going with the E6300.
 

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sorry dident see the no questions here.
i have to say your advice is by far the best i have ever herd
ps says...3.3 40a , 5v 50a , 12+v 36a , 12v- 1a, 5v- 1a , +5vsb 2a
dont know info on hd its not here yet
 

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sorry dident see the no questions here.
i have to say your advice is by far the best i have ever herd
ps says...3.3 40a , 5v 50a , 12+v 36a , 12v- 1a, 5v- 1a , +5vsb 2a
dont know info on hd its not here yet
What is the model of the PSU? Those 3.3V and 5V rating are suburb. The +12V is sufficient for a 8800GTS but arn't really in line with the +3.3V and +5V.
 

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ok wit the 2 hard drives the e6600 the 2 gig ram delux MB scythe monitor 1180.00
i guess i could do that just use my g-force 6600 for right now and get the 8800 when price drops
what ya think?
 

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ok wit the 2 hard drives the e6600 the 2 gig ram delux MB scythe monitor 1180.00
i guess i could do that just use my g-force 6600 for right now and get the 8800 when price drops
what ya think?
Which 2GB of memory are you refering to? The Crucial DDR2-1000? The E6600 isn't exactly necessary. The E6400 will do great for you. Also, you will need a CPU cooler to get a good overclock.
 
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