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New to the forum and pretty excited to build a PC I can over clock! Once I get the system built, I will be looking to start playing with over clocking... this system will be used primarily for general stuff, some video editing... no games.




1) first comes the processor...


Either the


AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor


or for $30.00 less, the


AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor


is there an advantage of one to the other?????




2) the Motherboard.... I have no idea which one has the BIOS that could be better for a "newbe" ????




3) RAM!!! for the purpose of over clocking, I am guessing I should get DDR3 but which of the 10 different manufacturers? and 6 meg, 8 meg or???


Thanks so much for your insights!



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As for the processor, if you're willing to sacrifice maybe 200mhz on a potential overclock (assuming that the two processors overclock proportionally) and hard on cash, get the 955. If you're willing to spend it, i think the 965 would be a fine choice.


Mushkin memory is good, along with a slew of others like geil and gskill. Memory comes in at a wide price range though...you may be able to spend $150 and get a GOOD set of 12800 3x2gb, or spend nearly $300 on a set with a good bit quicker timings. So, if you want to push your entire system to the limit (i.e. working on bringing the memory clocks up to get good memory bandwidth), additional money will need to go towards the budget.


As for the motherboard, I haven't had a lot of time to overclock AMDs much in the past few years. I'm not completely sure ALL of the brands that would be acceptable and easy, but Asus, MSI and Gigabyte have been strong competitors for performance for quite a while now :) As far as ease of overclocking goes, most boards are fairly simple with the ability to go deeper and adjust memory timings and whatnot if you so choose.

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