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    Question Upgrading to C2D

    Well, I think it's time I retired my old A64 and moved out of my cave.
    I know little to nothing about CPUs, but reading custom PC last month I read that the E6320 was excellent value at about £100, and that it was eminently overclockable - sounds good to me.
    Of course the new CPU will also mean new MoBo and RAM.
    I'm not too concerned about RAM timings, I think I want 2 gig, but convince me otherwise if you want!
    Motherboard wise, not a frikkin clue, but I would like the option for overclocking, and ideally something with good northbridge cooling - ideally heat-pipe/other passive for noise reasons. I could always watercool it I spose.
    I want it to take 3 SATAII drives, not bothered about more than that.
    Must fit an X1900XTX with option to upgrade to 8800 at some point.

    Thanks for reading, and in anticipation of your opinions

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    Crucial Ballistix RAM is supposed to be very good and very overclockable. Corsair are also a good brand.

    As for the motherboard, it would probably be best to one based on the P35 chipset. This would give you some future proofing with the new penryn CPU's next year. Something like the Asus P5K or Gigabyte GA_P35_DR3 should see you good.

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    p5k deluxe/premium, very impressed with mine.
    e2140 if your on a budget, or even the e2160.
    i got 3.1ghz out of mine on air (e2140) i#and i consider myself an idiot .
    crucial 2gig is only £60-£70 and works good for me.

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    Now the E6550 is priced similarly to 6320, and is clocked at 2.33GHz, so better get that.

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    e6550 is defintely looking like a good buy, i am considering getting one myself.
    is it true that these are go stepping?

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    I've suddenly found a reason to be interested in C2D. I was going to get a dual core Opty and clock it a bit, but this months PC Format lists the E4300 as being a bargain for £75. Seeing as the Opty I'd want is about £100 I'm tempted to think about a C2D upgrade. Course I would need a new mobo and RAM. How much would I need to budget for a decent mobo and some decent quality RAM (about 2Gb)?

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    So, thanks Queelis, E6550 looks good. Motherboards are incredibly confusing however,
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=591501
    i'm looking at this one at the mo, but not fussed about the WiFi, so if there's a non WiFi version that's got all the other good bits... As for MoBo brands, anyone have pertinent advice? I have an ABIT one now, and am quite happy with it.
    Am I right in thinking SCAN don't do Crucial? I do NOT want corsair after the terrible after sales care I recieved from them.

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    after the disaster i had with mobo's, i can only recommend the very best.
    this is another version of the p5k, got very good reviews
    http://www.yoyotech.co.uk/product_in...a337cb9dc24e03

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    if you do not want corsair you cant buy scan. www.overclockers.co.uk always have some good ram deals, but their support is supposedly lousy - I couldn't tell you, never used them. Anyway, theres plenty of pc6400 cas4 lying around at £70-£100 from various suppliers. I have OCZ plat. rev2 which sells for £70 in some places and is very good imo. The crucial or g.skill offerings also have a good rep. That said, corsair have a fantastic rep also, and are available from scan. I haven't heard any horror stories about them on here and they do have a corsair@hexus support forum!

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=491422

    That could be a fantastic buy. I cant remember quite, but I think these use MIRCRON ICs which tend to be very good overclockers. If you can stomach the corsair again, then this might be your best buy.

    Also, the e6*50 cpus are a good buy but if the budget will stretch consider the Q6600. Imo the best value about atm. Asus p5k, ddr2-800 dominator, Q6600 - trust me in saying that would make a sweet clocking system - not to mention powerful.

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    That Asus Blitz Formula (£163.27 at Scan) is a bit overkill, I second what the others have said - go with the P5K Deluxe.

    As for RAM, Corsair Dominator is expensive for what it is. Take a look at:

    - 2GB OCZ Platinum PC2-6400 4-4-4-15 ~ £75.42

    If you got an E6550 you'd be looking at (7 x 400) 2.8GHz with PC6400 memory so I'd be tempted to get the E6750 for the higher multiplier and so (8 x 400) 3.2GHz.
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    Zephood, my experience with Corsair was bad enough to put me off for life TBH, and their support forums everywhere are littered with the same story as mine - never again.
    Nightshadow, what you said about the E6750 being a better bet was a bit over my head i'm afraid - I've never OCed yet, just want to be able to give it a go after this overhaul. Could you put it in layman's terms for me?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Million View Post
    Nightshadow, what you said about the E6750 being a better bet was a bit over my head i'm afraid - I've never OCed yet, just want to be able to give it a go after this overhaul. Could you put it in layman's terms for me?
    With the E6750 it's easier to overclock to a faster CPU speed as there'll be less strain, and therefore less dependency on your motherboard and memory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NightshadowUK View Post
    With the E6750 it's easier to overclock to a faster CPU speed as there'll be less strain, and therefore less dependency on your motherboard and memory.
    this all depends on your ram and motherboard.
    been looking around the net a bit and it seems that if you have very fast ram and a very good mobo like a p5k3 then a e6550 is the way to go as it will go sky high.

    if you have a more humble spec then a e6750.

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    There's the cheaper Asus P5K-E, which is some 30 pounds less than the P5K Deluxe.
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    Re: Upgrading to C2D

    OK, an update and further questions - i'm thinking now E6750, I have an Asus P5K premium sorted, but unsure about RAM. I do not want Corsair and everything else seems comparable as far as brands go, but timings kinda mystify me. Also, where to buy from...

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