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Old 1st December, 2005, 11:25 PM
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Which Combo?

Ok this may be a hard question to answer but I want to build a machine that I can overclock. I am not picky about intel or amd and I am not looking for insane clockspeed. I just want something that is overclocked. I will use new parts.
So What would be a motherboard and proc. Combo that would be really easy to clock up a few Mhz? I would like to end up above 2.5 ghz and 2.8 would be great!
Specifics on motherboard brand nad model would really help.
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Old 1st December, 2005, 11:49 PM
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If you could give us a few more details we could suggest some stuff:

What is your budget? - very important detail. Let us know where you are as well for local currency and shops.

What is the computer going to be used for? - Gaming, email / internet box, folding, video / 3D processing, or just an overclocking project and not really used.

Do you have any components to date? - case, keyboard, mouse, screen?

We could suggest basically anything from $500 US to $3000+ US Intel or AMD

maybe:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811215001
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145509
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827131244
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144701
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813123246
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817101517
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103544
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102191
2x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130237
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824001210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118223

Total about $3000US didnt add it up
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Old 2nd December, 2005, 12:07 AM
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Well for right now it will be sort of a backup computer. My main computer is a alienware 7700 laptop. So my desktop is being used to burn DVDs mostly but also as a backup for guests to play games on. I will keep it that way for a few months but then I think it will become a mediacenter type machine. I am not concerned right now much about case/HDs/video card related stuff for it cause I will just use the stuff that my desktop has now. But I am interested in the motherboard and proc. Like I said it does not need to be superfast cause it will mostly live as a PVR, but I would like it to be above 2.5 ghz. I’d like to spend around 150 on a motherboard and around 200 plus or minus 100 on the processor. Mind you less would be nice but I am MAINLY interested in it being EASY to OC. The one I have now is NOT easy because I can not get the software that I have tried to use to work with the motherboard. No reliable temps etc. So I really want one that works well with temp and benchmark software…

so like maybe something like this?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103533
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You said you wanted to OC...try this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103537

combo'd with either of these...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136152

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813123236
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thanks for the info.
This forum rules!

I have two more ?s

1) is there any issue OCing the dual cores?

2) is it easier/harder to OC AMDs/Intels?
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So far it's not more difficult to OC dual-cores. However, mondo cooling would be necessary for a significant boost in clock speed. You'd think, anyway.
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The only thing with overclocking dual cores is that they will only overclock as far as the slowest one will allow.

And you will need huge cooling - almost realm of prescotts for heat - so actually for 2 cores not to bad

Both AMD and Intel overclock differently. AMD might be slightly harder (not sure havn't overclocked any Intels) as they have on die memory controllers and you have to work out the speed of the RAM from the divider, it doesn't have a lock.

But you don't have as much to worry about with cooling, except for dual cores.

But there are awsome guides on how to do it on these forums.

Also you may want to try THIS as the processor - people have been getting extremly good overclocks just on air.
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It sounds to me you should build a media center PC. Your own DVR. I think you would like that.
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