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    Help for a 1st time builder?

    I've been researching for a while online, trying to build a cheap test system that I can put together, overclock, etc. I want to keep it cheap so that if I break something during the build or during overclocking, it isn't too expensive. Does anyone see any problems with this build: Case: Coolermaster Scout PSU: Corsair TX650 Mobo: Gigabyte GA-M68M-S2 CPU: AMD Phenom 8750 Black Edition Heatsink: Sunbeam Core Contact Freezer Graphics Card: Sapphire HD5750 (with Vapor-X) RAM: 4GB DDR2- I'm not sure about the company yet 1 HDD, 1 CD/DVD drive BTW, seeing as this is supposed to be a cheap system, I am well aware that most of the parts can be better, but I don't need them to be better. I have a Core i7 computer that I will use as my main computer, and this is just a test system. Does anyone see any issues with the system, like compatibility issues?
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    AMD Phenom II 955

    Could anyone tell me what is a good heatsink to use with AMD's Phenom II? I (obviously) plan to overclock it as high as I can.
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    AMD Phenom II 955

    I thought the Megahalems was a LGA1366 only cooler. Does it also work with socket AM3? Also, if it does, would it cover up any RAM slots on a Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P?
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    First Build

    I am upgrading/building a new computer (I'm putting it in a new case, but I am using some components of a OEM computer). Is there any thing that people think that I should change? CPU: Intel Core i7-920 (Overclock target: 3.6+ GHz), C0 stepping Cooler: Prolimatech Megahalems Case: Coolermaster Scout PSU: Corsair TX750 or HX750 (is it worth it to go modular in the Scout case?) Mobo: ASUS Rampage II GENE Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD5850 RAM: Probably the OCZ Gold 6GB 1333MHz DDR3, I am waiting to see what is cheapest when I buy the RAM HDD: Original HDD that came with my Gateway FX6800=01e CD-Drive: Original CD-Drive that came with my Gateway FX6800=01e Unless someone tells me that there is a better component for around the same price, I will be getting these.
  5. I recently decided to upgrade my computer, and this is what I plan to upgrade to: CPU: Core i7-920 oc'd to ~3.6 GHz (C0 stepping) Cooler: Prolimatech Megahalems Mobo: ASUS Rampage II GENE PSU: Corsair TX750/HX750 Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon HD5850 RAM: Unknown yet, will wait to see the prices around when I buy the RAM, as the prices are too unstable right now to say exactly what I'll get Since the Rampage II GENE is a mATX board, I was hoping to find a case that was small, but with good ventilation. I narrowed my choices down to the Lian-Li PC-V351B and the NZXT Rogue. Will either of these fit the Megahalems (Height: 157 mm)? If not, could you suggest to me a nice midtower case that has good enough cooling to get me to my goal or ~3.6 GHz? This is a first for me, so any other advice regarding building the system would be appreciated. I'm hoping to keep the price of the case to somewhere around $100-120 USD
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    First Build

    Unfortunately, I'm on a tight budget, so I'm going to stick with the C0 stepping i7 that I have.
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    What case should I choose?

    Thanks for all your input, and I think I'll go with the Coolermaster Scout. I think it'll suit my needs, and it has decent airflow.
  8. My friend and I were talking about overclocking limits, and I was curious, just because the Core i7-920 isn't clocked as high as the Core i7-975 Extreme Edition, the highest overclock for each of those is pretty close, right (as in not 4.5 GHz for the EE and ~3.8GHz for the 920- example speeds only )?
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    First Build

    I don't think that I will be running RAID, so I'll probably stick with 1 HDD. So, you're saying that the difference between the modular and non-modular psus isn't enough to justify the huge increase in price (especially if I don't have many HDDs)?
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    Which cooler is better?

    Great, thanks.
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    Which cooler is better?

    Which cooler do you think (or know) is better, the Prolimatech Megahalems or the Dynatron Genius? I will be overclocking a Core i7-920 (C0), and I am hoping to achieve 3.6+ GHz. I will probably use the Coolermaster Scout case. Edit: Btw, I first saw the Dynatron Genius here: http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/dynatron_genius/
  12. What is the difference between C0 and D0 stepping, and how much does it affect overclocking ability?
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    Core i7 Stepping

    I currently have a C0 stepping Core i7, and I am planning to use the Prolimatech Megahalems. Even with that beast of a cooler, does that mean that I won't be able to go much over 3.6 GHz, if even possible?
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    What case should I choose?

    Thanks for the input on the megahalems, but what I was really wondering was about how many and how big should the fans be on the case, not the Megahalems. Although that's good information to have.
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    What case should I choose?

    Just curious, how many (and how big) fans should be in the case to have decent enough airflow to achieve a overclock to 3.6+ GHz?
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