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    Time for Major Upgrade, Advice Please!

    Hi!

    I've been toying with upgrading my main rig (as sig) for a while. Finally tempted by the blazing speeds of a friend's Core2Duo rig I've decided to go all 775. This means new motherboard, RAM, CPU and (in order to do the job properly ) a new GFX card (may wait until the release of the cheaper 8800GTS).

    The rig will be for heavy duty gaming and all the usual office tasks. I've got some experience at overclocking so I'd like to pop the E4300 up to 3GHz. Just wanted to check that the components can handle it and are worth buying!



    Thanks in advance!
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    As I said I'm cannibalizing my current system so the CNPS9500LED will be reprising its role though I've heard good things about the stock cooler.
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    Have a look at the AB9 QuadGT there are some quirks with the AB9 Pro look at the Abit section of the hexus forum

    http://forums.hexus.net/showthread.php?t=92978
    AB9 QuadGT thread
    Released in the States due here soon.
    Secondly the Bearlake chipset is due out quarter 2 and looks good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DratUK View Post
    Have a look at the AB9 QuadGT there are some quirks with the AB9 Pro look at the Abit section of the hexus forum

    http://forums.hexus.net/showthread.php?t=92978
    AB9 QuadGT thread
    Released in the States due here soon.
    Secondly the Bearlake chipset is due out quarter 2 and looks good.
    Ooo that looks interesting, I'll do some reading, Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrazyMonkey View Post
    The AB9-Pro was hell for me, but ive heard good things about it with the Corsair ram. Lets hope you get sent a better board than me
    Yeah I've heard some mixed tales but it seems to have plenty of overclocking potential, I'm open to suggestions for other boards for similar money with the same kind of ability!
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    P5B deluxe wifi, around 15 quid more

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    I agree with Clunk, for £15 it's better to stick with what you know will kick ass.

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    What ever you order, make sure you look in the "To Today Only" as they have things cheaper like the Palit 8800GTS which is at the moment only £244 inc vat.

    Also a "Intel Core 2 Duo E6300, Socket 775, 1.86 GHz, 1066MHz FSB, Allendale Core, 2MB Cache, Retail" is only £111.63 inc vat.

    Also make sure you look in "Bundles of the week" and "Shop offers" to.

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    Also the asus p5b/wifi is £117 on today only over the weekend i believe.

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    How about the following?
    e6400 - £138.64
    GA-965P-S3 - £66.73
    Corsair TwinX PC2-6400 - £175.83
    640MB Palit 8800GTS - £244.26
    Total £639.25 inc P&P

    Much better cpu, mobo which will reach 455MHz fsb (3.6GHz with an e6400)
    And cheaper
    DFI LanParty NF3 250gb
    Athlon E6 Venice 3000+ oc @ 2500MHz
    2x512mb OCZ Platinum EL PC3200 @ 250 3-3-3-6
    Seagate 80GB SATA
    FX5900 Ultra overclocked to 490/932

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    Don,t forget to upgrade your power supply -corsair 520w or above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frosty15 View Post
    How about the following?
    e6400 - £138.64
    GA-965P-S3 - £66.73
    Corsair TwinX PC2-6400 - £175.83
    640MB Palit 8800GTS - £244.26
    Total £639.25 inc P&P

    Much better cpu, mobo which will reach 455MHz fsb (3.6GHz with an e6400)
    And cheaper
    Ooo nice setup, thanks! I've heard mixed stuff about the S3 board but the ability to hit 3.6 would be fantastic, I'll do some research, its eesm the S3 has the 945 chipset, not the 965, is that going to make much difference?

    As to the PSU, my Hiper is 580W and can hit 630W underload, should have more than enough juice.
    Last edited by RavenNight; 14-01-2007 at 12:54 PM.
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