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I'm getting a bit tired of my 4200+ et al. So, what's the best overclocking motherboard (I'm assuming DFI, P35? 680i? ICFX3200?), socket (I'm assuming LGA 775 is still on top), processor, and ram. I can't really see what else I would need.

 

I don't really have a budget, but I'd like to keep it around $1000.

 

Or are new, better processors supposed to come out soon?

 

Thanks.

 

Edit: How about this?

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1142 (PC2 9136) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-9136C5D - Retail

DFI LP UT P35 T2R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6850 - Retail

 

What's the best heatsink around, that crazy Thermalright one?

Edited by LivingGhost

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Well, which is better, P35 or 680i?

 

Also, why is the E6700 more expensive than the E6850?

 

Edit:

 

http://forums.overclockersclub.com/index.p...st&p=723342

 

I guess I'll wait until January. I do plan on using Server 2008, so would it actually be worth it to go quad-core (Q9450) or keep dual-core (E8500)?

 

Basically all I use my computer for are, video games, internet, Photoshop, Fireworks, text-editors, and various compilers, but I also multi-task, a lot.

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Well, which is better, P35 or 680i?

 

Also, why is the E6700 more expensive than the E6850?

 

Edit:

 

http://forums.overclockersclub.com/index.p...st&p=723342

 

I guess I'll wait until January. I do plan on using Server 2008, so would it actually be worth it to go quad-core (Q9450) or keep dual-core (E8500)?

 

Basically all I use my computer for are, video games, internet, Photoshop, Fireworks, text-editors, and various compilers, but I also multi-task, a lot.

P35 is better, the only reason to go with a 680i would be for sli. The reason the 6700 is more expensive is because retailers want the money they had to pay for the chip when they bought it.

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  • 4 weeks later...
Would I see better performance from dual FX-74's (socket 1207FX) or an overclocked E6850/Q9450?

An extremely vague question with an equally vague answer: It depends...

 

If you use a lot of SMP apps or have ungodly amounts of programs running at once, the dual CPU system will give you much better performance. But based on your previously-stated intended usage, I really don't think it's worth the money you're going to spend. And good luck finding a dual CPU mobo that'll let you overclock. :rolleyes:

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That's why I didn't specify overclocking when I was talking about the FX-74's. (The only non-server mobo I could find for them on newegg was an ASUS L1N64-SLI 680a.) Also, I specified them in the first place because it would be 2x 2 cores, and the Q9450 is a quad core. I know, they're different, but still...

 

The only SMP apps I plan on running are future games that support it (I know Crysis supports multiple cores, I'm not quite sure if that's the same thing). But I do do a nice amount of encoding (and multitasking).

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That's why I didn't specify overclocking when I was talking about the FX-74's. (The only non-server mobo I could find for them on newegg was an ASUS L1N64-SLI 680a.) Also, I specified them in the first place because it would be 2x 2 cores, and the Q9450 is a quad core. I know, they're different, but still...

 

The only SMP apps I plan on running are future games that support it (I know Crysis supports multiple cores, I'm not quite sure if that's the same thing). But I do do a nice amount of encoding (and multitasking).

As far as SMP programs are concerned, I don't think there's any significant difference between a quad core and two dual cores. I know that dual CPU server boards have different banks of memory for each CPU and all that nonsense, but I'm talking about performance differences.

 

From my point of view, I think it'd be a heck of a lot more fun to get a 45nm quad and OC it. :)

 

EDIT: And if having 5-10 programs open at once is considered multi-tasking, then that shouldn't even enter into the equation. But if you're multi-tasking is encoding audio, watching HD movies, running folding, SETI, and WCG, and playing Crysis, then that's a different matter altogether.

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But if you're multi-tasking is encoding audio, watching HD movies, running folding, SETI, and WCG, and playing Crysis, then that's a different matter altogether.

That's more-or-less what I would consider multitasking, although I wouldn't watch a movie and play a game at the same time.

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