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avesta
04-02-07, 08:25 AM
I am in the process of ordering a new system but I need some help with the motherboard and RAM. I want to order the following system:

Core 2 Duo E6400
2GB RAM
WD Raptor 10k 150GB
8800 GTS 640MB

I am ordering from http://www.ewiz.com because they ship to Germany and seem to have good prices and shipping costs.

I need help with the motherboard and RAM (2GB). Basically, I don't want to overclock the CPU right off the bat, I would like to OC it maybe 6 months after I buy it. But I don't want a crazy OC, i've heard you can OC the E6400 to 3.0GHZ on air, if you have the right RAM and motherboard, that would be enough for me. Also, the motherboard needs to be able to accomodate the 8800GTS, I've heard some can't. I will be buying the computer case locally so I don't need to order it from them.

For the mobo I was looking at this:
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-965PDS3
I like the price, and it says it supports Core 2 Duo and has 1 PCI express x16 slot for the 8800GTS. Also would the WD Raptor 10k work properly with this mobo?

For the RAM I was looking at getting 2GB in the Super Talent chips since they seem to have good prices. Remember I don't really care too much about oc'ing, I just want to have the option to do a simple OC on air in the future with this system.

Here is the link with some of the Super Talent chips:
http://www.ewiz.com/query.php?dp=2&categry=154&brand=Super%20Talent&dt=&ob=d&nl=10&anchor=#displaytop

Those CL4 and CL5 chips on that page look pretty good and cost $141 and $155. Please recommend me one.

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help.

SwedX
04-02-07, 09:21 AM
EVGA 680i motherboard cant go wrong as that's was I will get and check out ppl sig here..you see that many have that great mobo!

Any PC2 6400 or PC2 8500 memory should do fine :D

Greeno
04-02-07, 10:12 AM
I'd say D975XBX2, but I'm biased towards Intel and i'm not exactly "Pro-SLI" to be honest... though I'd suggest you hold off for the Intel Bearlake chipset stuff that's just around the corner (if you don't want a 680i based board that is).

jcrox
04-02-07, 10:43 AM
The 680i motherboards seem to be hit or miss. My 2nd EVGA 680i should be here today...hopefully this one works.

ynnek
04-02-07, 11:36 AM
If I was to pull the trigger today, it would be a 965 board.. like the gigabyte ds3.. with some "normal" ddr2-800 ram that supports the 1.8v standard, for max compatibility, and the least headache.

LORD-eX-Bu
04-02-07, 11:52 AM
get a P965 chipset based mainboard. If you aren't going to go SLI get the Asus Commando or the gigabyte variant(it is super cheap):D

I wouldn't recommend any 680i chipset based motherboard to anyone, its been nothing but headaches.

mullet
04-02-07, 12:34 PM
get a P965 chipset based mainboard. If you aren't going to go SLI get the Asus Commando or the gigabyte variant(it is super cheap):D


I second that, my first Intel system has been pretty painless thanks to my ASUS P5B deluxe, that is if your not going SLI.

LORD-eX-Bu
04-02-07, 12:40 PM
you could still go crossfire tho, since AMD has opened crossfire to all capable platforms:D

Can't wait... two X2900 XTXs in crossfire:drooling:

Madpistol
04-02-07, 02:27 PM
you could still go crossfire tho, since AMD has opened crossfire to all capable platforms:D

Can't wait... two X2900 XTXs in crossfire:drooling:

LOL! That is the funniest thing I think I've heard all day...

I wish you didn't have to wait either... but you do. :headexplode:

LORD-eX-Bu
04-02-07, 02:29 PM
mm...k?

kevJ420
04-02-07, 02:47 PM
I think the DQ6 (Gigabyte) actually doesn't have the evga boards' problem.

That will be the most future proof.

I would definately get something that would work with the 2nd coming of Quad SLI.

FastRedPonyCar
04-02-07, 03:01 PM
I've built 3 systems so far with MSI P6N SLI platinum boards and I couldn't be happier with the results so far.

My dad's system was the first that had an E6400. Didn't use the north bridge cooling fan and used the stock intel HSF on teh CPU with some AS5.

I overclocked that about 400mhz from stock and it purred like a kitten for 28 hours through the torture tests.

I just finished on my dad's brothers PC using another P6N plat. and an E4300 Allendale C2D that I also used the factory intel HSF and is running at 2.4 ghz.

My own personal system is in my sig.

Overall, I couldn't be happier with the boards. They all showed great flexablitiy, stability and the bios is easy to work with. Best of all is their price.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130081

As for ram, Patriot has a $50 rebate right now I think on their 2X1 gig DDR2 1066 ram. I'd jump on that. It's workign really well in my system.

Otherwise get some of the geil or ballistix or XMS2 DDR2 800.

XDanger
04-02-07, 03:21 PM
ok , I thought crossfire was lame on a p5b ,how would that work x8 x8 when they need more than that much bandwidth each DONT THEY??
I dont mind being put right on the subject

buy generic ram.
all this branded stuff is a con. :)

avesta
04-02-07, 03:33 PM
Thanks for the advice guys.

The Gigabyte 965P DS3 looks pretty good. I think I will go with that board.

But can anyone recommend me a memory kit directly from the retailer I'm buying from? I linked the page with the memory prices and specs in my OP.

XDanger
04-02-07, 03:46 PM
STT DDR2-1000 1GB/64x8 CL5 Memory , that looks nice :)

speaking of ram ,i just put another 1gb in mine ,so why am i wasting time in here when i should be running some benches ........

FastRedPonyCar
04-03-07, 10:00 AM
Thanks for the advice guys.

The Gigabyte 965P DS3 looks pretty good. I think I will go with that board.

But can anyone recommend me a memory kit directly from the retailer I'm buying from? I linked the page with the memory prices and specs in my OP.

If you HAVE to buy from Ewiz, get this

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=T800UX2GC5


I've never heard of supertalent though so I'd be skeptical.

If not, get something better from newegg.

Like this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145590

With a $30 rebate no less.


Edit: I found that supertalent ram on newegg. apparently it can't overclock at all and struggles to run at all if you mess with the timings.

so if you get the corsair memory, you get it for a few dollars more, it runs faster stock at timings that the supertalent ram can barely hit if you're lucky and you have poor overclocking potential with the No Talent ram.

Screw ewiz man. Just get some good ram from newegg or something. I agree that there is ram that's overpriced and overhyped but the XMS2 DDR2 800 is not.

avesta
04-03-07, 04:35 PM
If you HAVE to buy from Ewiz, get this

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=T800UX2GC5


I've never heard of supertalent though so I'd be skeptical.

If not, get something better from newegg.

Like this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145590

With a $30 rebate no less.


Edit: I found that supertalent ram on newegg. apparently it can't overclock at all and struggles to run at all if you mess with the timings.

so if you get the corsair memory, you get it for a few dollars more, it runs faster stock at timings that the supertalent ram can barely hit if you're lucky and you have poor overclocking potential with the No Talent ram.

Screw ewiz man. Just get some good ram from newegg or something. I agree that there is ram that's overpriced and overhyped but the XMS2 DDR2 800 is not.

Thanks for the reply.

Your first link isn't working, it goes to an 'item not found' page.
The reason I can't buy from newegg is because they don't ship internationally.

Regarding the RAM, can you recommend something on the ewiz site that isn't supertalent, but not a whole lot more expensive? As I mentioned earlier I'm not too concerned with achieving crazy timings, I just wanna have the option of doing an OC on air sometime down the road, i'm mostly concerned about bottlenecking my system.

FastRedPonyCar
04-03-07, 05:24 PM
Well, the supertalent will definately hold you back.

the only other decent ram I could find is this.

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=D2800HX2GK

Dr.Nick
04-03-07, 06:00 PM
If I were to buy a new Core2 OC'ing board today I'd probably grab an Asus P5B:)