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Old 01-09-2009, 09:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just got my college refund check in the mail today, so tomorrow I will be buying these parts for my first DIY computer, unless you guys can make some better suggestions. Budget is about $850 (with this stuff plus keyboard/webcam/speakers, comes to just about $850 exactly after rebates). This is going to be a mixture between general purpose and gaming. I realize I won't be doing any super hardcore gaming on this budget, but I want the most bang for my buck. Let me know if you guys see and bottlenecks/conflicts or anything like that.
LG 22x DVD Burner
Cooler Master Centurion 5 Case
Western Digital 320 GB HDD
Acer 22'' LCD Monitor
Saphire Radeon 4830
Corsair 400w PSU
Corsair 2x2GB Ram
Gigabyte P45 Mobo - Anyone got any input on this mobo? O/C capabilities?
Wolfdale E5200 Dual Core Processor - Any chance of me gettin' this sucker up around 3.5ghz? Especially with this...
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7

Thanks for getting back to me...as I said I'll be buyin' all this **** tomorrow!
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Old 01-10-2009, 01:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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welcome to Tech-Forums

ud3r is one of the best P45 boards

replace Freezer 7 with this
Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120mm "Core Contact Freezer" CPU Cooler

looks good across the board
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Looks good...does the Sunbeam come with paste? And do you think I can reasonably hope to get up to 3.5 with the E5200?
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I have seen some very good results with the E5200 (4+ghz)
how high you can get depends on you (experience) but don't worry, we can help
and the chip/board (some just overclock better)
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I wouldn't get that memory. Its not "bad" but it si DDR2 800 which means it is slow. I would recommend speed over size. You wont see a huge boost between 2 gigs and 4 gigs anyways.

Newegg.com - OCZ Gold 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1100 (PC2 8800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

Try these. You can get great timings with them.
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I've asked a bunch of times whether 5-5-5-18 is really THAT much of a jump from 5-5-5-15 or so...will I honestly notice it in everyday tasks?
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No its not you will only notice with overclocking. get this ram its a steal after rebate

Newegg.com - CORSAIR XMS2 DHX 4GB &#40;2 x 2GB&#41; 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 &#40;PC2 6400&#41; Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
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So will the ram I currently have picked out limit my overclocking of my E5200?
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A bit but not much I have 2 pairs of the 2x1gb version of the xms2 in my pc atm, they are good ram. I would however get the slightly more expensive ones I posted simply because faster is better and for little extra cost why not?
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Stop recommending DDR2 800. That's old and slow. Get faster memory.
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