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    New system build - can you help me choose the bits to go inside please?

    Hi all

    I have been building PCs for lots of years, but I have not done any overclocking for ages. Can any of you help please?

    Targets:
    Overclock E4300 to 3 gig - I am not really looking to go further than that
    Do this as cheaply as possible
    Still end up with a rock-solid system
    The main purpose of this is a voice recognition system

    Motherboard requirements:
    RAID 1 SATA
    At least 1 x IDE connector (preferably 2)
    Parallel printer port
    PS/2 mouse and keyboard (preferably, but not essential)
    Overclock by 50% as above

    Operating system:
    Windows XP initially, but maybe move over to vista if there eventually seems to be some point to that.

    Graphics:
    I will probably be getting a 7600GT NVidia card

    Can I have suggestions, please, for a combination that should work together of :
    2 gig RAM
    Motherboard
    CPU cooler
    PSU

    I have a very cheap ATX case, which I would prefer to use, but I would buy a decent case if that is needed.

    Thanks in advance for any help

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    2 IDE's is quite hard these days. I'd stick with one as itwill give you more choice.

    2GB of pc6400 crucial ballistix is only about £100 now and its a great overclocker.

    Motherboard: Gigabyte DS3 is a very cheap overclocker..and the abit ab9 and asus p5b aren't much more and are very highly regarded.

    CPU cooler gotta be the arctic freezer 7 pro..it's only £12 and its up with the best of them

    PSU..be it on your head if you skimp on this. I'd go with a 400w FSP or Seasonic for that system..should be about £40.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GDB2222 View Post
    Hi all

    I have been building PCs for lots of years, but I have not done any overclocking for ages. Can any of you help please?

    Targets:
    Overclock E4300 to 3 gig - I am not really looking to go further than that
    Do this as cheaply as possible
    Still end up with a rock-solid system
    The main purpose of this is a voice recognition system

    Motherboard requirements:
    RAID 1 SATA
    At least 1 x IDE connector (preferably 2)
    Parallel printer port
    PS/2 mouse and keyboard (preferably, but not essential)
    Overclock by 50% as above

    Operating system:
    Windows XP initially, but maybe move over to vista if there eventually seems to be some point to that.

    Graphics:
    I will probably be getting a 7600GT NVidia card

    Can I have suggestions, please, for a combination that should work together of :
    2 gig RAM
    Motherboard
    CPU cooler
    PSU

    I have a very cheap ATX case, which I would prefer to use, but I would buy a decent case if that is needed.

    Thanks in advance for any help
    Any decent brand PC2-6400. (you could go for pc2-5300, but you can pick up 2x1gb of 6400 for £70 quid now)
    P5B motherboard, whichever variant tickles your fancy, but it doesnt have 2 x ide.
    arctic freezer pro for the cpu cooler.
    For the PSU, get yourself a decent branded, solid PSU. You dont have to spend a lot, but the small outlay will be worth it in terms of reliability. Something like this perhaps.
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    2x IDE channels & cheap = 650i SLI chipset (~£75)
    Asus P5N-E SLI, MSI P6N SLI-FI

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    abit A-S78H, Phenom 9750,

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    Do you think I could get away with one of the cheaper Asrock boards - made by Asus?

    I am totally confused by the P5B boards. There seem to be dozens of variants, and it's not that easy to tell them apart.

    I am quite happy to spend a sensible amount on a PSU, as I think this is needed to get a stable system. On the other hand, if I can get away with a £40 Asrock motherboard instead of a £100 Asus board, that would be good.

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    • staffsMike's system
      • Motherboard:
      • evga 680i
      • CPU:
      • e6600
      • Memory:
      • geil ultra pc6400
      • Storage:
      • WD 320gb
      • Graphics card(s):
      • leadtek 8800 GTS 640mb
      • PSU:
      • ocz gameXstream 700w
      • Case:
      • akasa eclipse
      • Monitor(s):
      • dell 2007wfp and Lg L194WT
      • Internet:
      • pipex homecall
    Considering you want to overclock it would make sense to get a decent overclocking board.

    Never used an asrock board..hadn't even heard of them until recently so it wouldn't be my choice. On the other hand it might be quite good..it's your money go for it if you want to.

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    • aidanjt's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus Strix Z370-G
      • CPU:
      • Intel i7-8700K
      • Memory:
      • 2x8GB Corsiar LPX 3000C15
      • Storage:
      • 500GB Samsung 960 EVO
      • Graphics card(s):
      • EVGA GTX 970 SC ACX 2.0
      • PSU:
      • EVGA G3 750W
      • Case:
      • Fractal Design Define C Mini
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10 Pro
      • Monitor(s):
      • Asus MG279Q
      • Internet:
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    ASRock is a subsidiary of Asustek, their target market is speciality low cost boards, unfortunately they don't inherent the same build quality of their parent company, the boards are prone to faults and failures.

    The P5B range of Asus boards are all based on the Intel P965 northbridge, which support all the S775 range of Intel CPUs, DDR2, PCI-Express 16x, and there's a lot of permutations of the boards design such as differing supporting chips, features, and budgets, see: http://www.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=3&l2=11&l3=307 for more details.
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    • IAmATeaf's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus P5Q Deluxe
      • CPU:
      • Q6600@3.25
      • Memory:
      • 4 x 2GB Corsair 6400C5DHX XMS2
      • Storage:
      • 2 x 0.5TB 7200.12, 2 x 1.5TB 7200.11
      • Graphics card(s):
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      • PSU:
      • Corsair HX520
      • Case:
      • Lian Li PC6089B
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 Pro x64
      • Monitor(s):
      • Samsung T240 24"
      • Internet:
      • 6Mb ADSL Max
    If you want to get the 4300 running upto 3Ghz then you'll have to go for a mobo that overclocks well which the Asrock mobos don't.

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    OK, thanks for that. Looks like I'll have to spend a bit more on the motherboard then.

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