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#1 pcmaddeanp

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Posted 17 September 2008 - 01:41 PM

Hi,

I am looking to build a PC.
I want to have the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 because my College Lecturer said that he overclocked it to around 3.5Ghz!
What I want to know is what Motherboard will be compatible with the CPU.
Any good recommendations?

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Posted 17 September 2008 - 02:33 PM

Well, the main thing is to look at the other features you want. There's hundreds of motherboards that support that processor, but not all motherboards have the same features.

The main thing to look for is that it's an Intel socket 775 motherboard that supports core 2 quad processors at 1066mhz fsb. If all the info matches that of the motherboard, than it's compatible. An important factor to look at is the manufacturer. Asus, MSI, and Gigabyte are probably the three highest quality motherboard makers. They usually also have some of the best overclocking features. So take a look around Newegg, maybe a find a good motherboard in your price range. I probably wouldn't go much less than $80-$100 for a good solid motherboard that's going to be used for overclocking. We can help you out more if you're looking for other special features too.
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Posted 17 September 2008 - 02:53 PM

Hi,

I found this: http://www.dabs.com/ProductView.aspx?Quicklinx=4XGD
Will this support overclocking?

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Posted 17 September 2008 - 03:51 PM

I have been thinking.
And I want to have a Core 2 Duo then upgrade to Core 2 Quad because I don't have the need for the Quad core CPU at the moment.
This Motherboard: http://www.dabs.com/ProductView.aspx?Quicklinx=4XGD supports both Core 2 Duo and Quad.
So... will this mobo be alright?

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Posted 17 September 2008 - 04:51 PM

You can indeed OC the Q6600 to high speeds, provided you have very good cooling. The motherboard you selected is of an older chipset which may not be able to overclock that well. A 750i or a 780i is more recent and should be able to stand up to overclocking better. I suggest Asus, XFX, or EVGA for good motherboards.

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Posted 19 September 2008 - 02:18 PM

Is there a link to one of those Motherboards that you could give me please?
Preferably in the UK.

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Posted 19 September 2008 - 05:54 PM

EVGA 780i
EVGA 750i

The Q6600 produces a great deal of heat, a good aftermarket cooler would be advisable.

I just realized you're in the U.K. so here are links to suppliers there.

XFX 780i
Asus 750i

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 12:32 PM

Hi,

Thanks for the links.
I found this and I don't know if it would be alright for the job. It's got some really good reviews! http://www.ebuyer.com/product/126437
That Asus Mobo looks really good. The price, it supports Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad (I might start with Core 2 Duo then upgrade) and that it can hold 8Gig of Ram (not that I'm gonna use that much anyway).
What cooler do you recommend?

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 02:39 PM

Zalman Heatpipe CPU cooler with quiet 110mm blue LED fan
Asustek Arctic Square Compact Cooler with Blue LED Fan CPU cooler

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Posted 23 September 2008 - 02:20 PM

Thanks for your help!

I think I may have come to a decision on the components now. Here they are for your approval:

Case: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/134846
CPU: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/145258
Motherboard: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/142585
PSU: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/131052/
DVD RW: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/142274
HDD (Boot): http://www.ebuyer.com/product/128708
HDD (Data): http://www.ebuyer.com/product/124228
RAM: 2x http://www.ebuyer.com/product/119261
CPU Cooling: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/143726

Will the GPU of the Motherboard be alright for some games? If so... which games?

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Posted 23 September 2008 - 02:58 PM

According to the specs, that motherboard does not have on-board video. You need to get a video card. Considering the low power output of your PSU, I suggest one that isn't an extreme GPU. The 9800 GT would go well. Also, your motherboard supports SLI so you can combine two Nvidia cards together and get even more graphical horsepower, although you would need a more powerful PSU to do it.

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 03:09 AM

Oh yeah. A Graphics Card. I thought it had onboard graphics so I thought I didn't need one. I suppose I should have looked at that before. :thumbsup:
Here is a search for the 9800GT. Which one would you choose? http://www.ebuyer.com/search?page=1&q=...amp;subcat=2489
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Posted 24 September 2008 - 03:38 AM

Actually... Looking at the prices, I am not prepared to spend that much on a Graphics card. I would prefer to buy a cheap (25 - 50) card and upgrade it when I get the money and when I get games that need a better graphics card.

I have found this graphics card that should work with the motherboard. I like it because of the price and the spec of it.
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/149113

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 04:28 AM

Oh and which PSU?
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/124922
or
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/131052/

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 07:12 AM

As long as you aren't a gamer that card will do. If you do game I'd suggest looking to see if the 9600, 8800 or even the 8600 are within your price range.




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