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Scorpion0308

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Best OC Chipset/Mobo for E8400?
« on: February 21, 2008, 07:55:22 PM »

I'm about to build a new system. So I'm curious, what chipset do people think/know is the best for overclocking? Have experience OCing E8400 in paticular? Im going for a well ventilated Air cooled OC. My goal is to get it up to 4.5Ghz or close to it, I know its possible, I just want to make sure I get the best chipset or board that will allow me to do so. I want to stay around or below $200. I know most of the x38 chipset boards Ive seen are either just above or soaring above $200.

Also, Im a little unsure about what memory I should get. I'm leaning more towards getting Curcial Ballistix DDR800 and OCing that, and I'd like to get 4Gb and run WinXP 64bit. This paticular set of memory is dirt cheap, which allows me to get a better board and more memory, and Ive heard its pretty reliable memory and easily overclocks. However, I'm not 100% sure its the best solution.

If anybody has any thoughts, please let me know, anything helps :) Thanks
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Re: Best OC Chipset/Mobo for E8400?
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2008, 08:51:12 PM »

I got my E8400 to 4Ghz using the Freezer Pro 7. Hitting 4.5 sounds possible with some REALLY good air cooling.

The chip is on the Asus P5E (x38), which is pretty damn stable and a breeze to set up. I have Corsair XMS2 (2 x 1GB) running at almost DDR1000. You best hurry, these E8400s are flying off the shelves.
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Scorpion0308

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Re: Best OC Chipset/Mobo for E8400?
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2008, 09:04:43 PM »

I know, the second its back in stock Im going to try and snatch one.
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Re: Best OC Chipset/Mobo for E8400?
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2008, 04:06:59 PM »

Any other thoughts?

Should I go with the Crucial DDR800 and OC that, or get some DDR1066+? What brand? Ive been quite pleased with Corsair in the past.
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Re: Best OC Chipset/Mobo for E8400?
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2008, 08:17:06 PM »

My first thought is extreme OCing on a budget usually doesn't work that well. 

My only other thought is if you're not going to use crossfire, a good P35 board would probably work for you.  I don't remember that there were that many differences between the two.  Gigabyte's GA-P35-DS3R seems to be pretty popular for overclocking.

also, you're looking for a 50% overclock, meaning theoretically, you're going to need to run your RAM at DDR 1000 or PC8000.  Might want to spring for the PC8500 DIMMS.
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Re: Best OC Chipset/Mobo for E8400?
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2008, 09:46:37 PM »

Ehh, you can always use different ratios to get your ram within supported speeds. Crucial or Corsair, they are both fine. In the end, CPU Mhz is king.
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Re: Best OC Chipset/Mobo for E8400?
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2008, 11:07:28 PM »

ok so DDR1066 would be a better idea. I guess I should read up on the features differences between P35 and X38 which is kind of my toss up. I figured since X38 being newer, it would have better OCing capabilities than P35, at least for the Wolfdale, but since my knowledge is fairly limited in this area, maybe not? Thanks for your input guys, always appreciated! :) More is welcome from anybody.
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Re: Best OC Chipset/Mobo for E8400?
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2008, 12:56:21 AM »

newer doesn't necessarily equal better  ;)

(beyond that i can't comment, since i don't have experience with these bits of hardware nor overclocking)
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