MY e7200 which runs 2.53ghz standard has now been overclocked to 3.7ghz since over 6 years and runs still. Same goes for my 8800gt which runs 10% higher than standard.
I made certain however, the cooling is appropriate and my CPU never gets too hot.
You don't need 8gb of ram. Get 6, that will save you 65 dollars. Also, you're gimping yourself with that graphics card. At least go for a 5750...
Also absolutely 100% buy a quad core. I'd recommend the 920, which you can get for $200, but if you want something a bit cheaper I'm sure the AMD will do just fine.
Last edited by Kay Rica; 07-21-2010 at 23:33.
and don't listen too much to AMD fanbois. They just want you to share their own misery for making the mistake to go with AMD rather with intel when it comes to gaming and about anything else.
either get a i7-930 machine, or a i3-530 build if you want it cheap.
the last option, being the i3-530 combined with the gtx 460 is dx11 capable and plenty powerful to run any game out now at high frames. For $565 after rebates you got a hyper fast PC with DX 11 functionality.
the i3-530 overclocks to 4ghz easy if you later want some more power out of it.
Last edited by pZombie; 07-21-2010 at 23:36.
my 6600 2.4 which i bought in march of 2007 I keep clocked between 3.1 and 3.4 on air runs fine. Playing bfbc2 fine no problems.
Two opinions on your system, if your not someone with a tiny room get a full tower. It is so much more convenient then a mid tower and allows for a better cooling setup. Sure you'll shell out a few more bucks but its worth it.
Also if you are going to overclock pay close attention to the chipsets. For instance when I bought my 6600 I made sure to get the E chipset as that seemed to have the most reliable/highest results when overclocking.
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However, it is POSSIBLE there will be one or two games being DX11 only, and then you will be pissed not being able to play those.
AMD isn't even that bad, if you take care of your PC and aren't a total lazy slob it'll run for a long time. They run cooler than Intel, are cheaper, more easy to overclock without heating issues, and don't preform much below it. The price alone makes it better.
With that said you have some good Intel builds in the thread linked and if gloom prefers intel over amd he should look into them.
90% of intel CPUs overclock 40-50% up from their standard. 90% of AMD CPUs overclock UNDER 15% if at all. The AMD CPUs are already pushed hard to their limits.
the i7-930 overclocks from 2.8ghz to 3.6ghz with just the boxed cooler. 4-4.2ghz if you use a h50 corsair or better (the best being the noctua d14 at the cost of being hard to install and taking all your case space)
IN some cases the i7-930 will go even higher.
The i3-530 is stock 2.93ghz and goes 3.6 to 4ghz on the stock cooler. 4.5ghz if you use a h50 or better.
Not only do intels clock higher, but they also deliver more power per clock.
Only thing I'm still debating with myself is the video card/s.
Can I expect my PC to last over 5 years anyway? Shouldn't it be time to buy a whole new PC in 5 years? Or should I buy that 100 dollar more vid card to try and have it last a few more years? It seems like I'm wasting my money on that hope if I need to buy a whole new PC in 6 years anyway.