Found 8th May 2009
Hi
Im buying a new cpu (core2duo e7400 2.8ghz) a new motherboard and ram but im slightly confused as what to go for Im not interested in overclocking at the moment but may well do so later on if needed so im a little unsure if I have to have ram which is overclockable if I want to overclock my cpu.Ive not made my mind up as to which motherboard and ram Im going for from the list below (2 motherboards and 2 types of ram) I will also be purchasing an artic 7 cooler pro from ebuyer to cool the cpu. If anyone can give me some advice as to what would be best to go for I would very much appreciate it ,
Thanks

MOTHERBOARD

Gigabyte GA-EP43-S3L iP43 Socket 775 8 channel audio ATX Motherboard
ebuyer.com/pro…175

MSI P43 Neo-F iP43 Socket 775 8 channel audio ATX Motherboard
ebuyer.com/pro…024

RAM

Crucial 4GB Kit (2x2GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 Memory Non-ECC Unbuffered CL6
ebuyer.com/pro…403

OCZ 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC6400 Titanium Memory CL4(4-4-4-15)
ebuyer.com/pro…644

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MOTHERBOARD

Gigabyte GA-EP43-S3L iP43 Socket 775 8 channel audio ATX Motherboard
ebuyer.com/pro…175

MSI P43 Neo-F iP43 Socket 775 8 channel audio ATX Motherboard
ebuyer.com/pro…024

RAM

Crucial 4GB Kit (2x2GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 Memory Non-ECC Unbuffered CL6
ebuyer.com/pro…403

OCZ 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC6400 Titanium Memory CL4(4-4-4-15)
ebuyer.com/pro…644

All ram can be overclocked, only yhe CPU and motherboard need to specifically support it. The CL4 ram will probably be better for overclocking, although with the Core 2 extra ram speed doesn't make much difference unless you really push the FSB (dual-channel 800Mhz ram needs the FSB above 1600Mhz (4x400) before overclocking it will make any difference).

As for the motherboards you'd be best off finding a review or roundup that compares the two, they're both similar so which is best will come down to what problems they have as well as how well they're laid out.

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Links:MOTHERBOARDGigabyte GA-EP43-S3L iP43 Socket 775 8 channel audio ATX … Links:MOTHERBOARDGigabyte GA-EP43-S3L iP43 Socket 775 8 channel audio ATX Motherboardhttp://www.ebuyer.com/product/152175MSI P43 Neo-F iP43 Socket 775 8 channel audio ATX Motherboardhttp://www.ebuyer.com/product/148024RAMCrucial 4GB Kit (2x2GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 Memory Non-ECC Unbuffered CL6http://www.ebuyer.com/product/142403OCZ 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC6400 Titanium Memory CL4(4-4-4-15)http://www.ebuyer.com/product/154644All ram can be overclocked, only yhe CPU and motherboard need to specifically support it. The CL4 ram will probably be better for overclocking, although with the Core 2 extra ram speed doesn't make much difference unless you really push the FSB (dual-channel 800Mhz ram needs the FSB above 1600Mhz (4x400) before overclocking it will make any difference).As for the motherboards you'd be best off finding a review or roundup that compares the two, they're both similar so which is best will come down to what problems they have as well as how well they're laid out.


Thanks,
My main concern was to overclock my CPU, not too bothered about OC the ram. I ended up going for the gigabyte motherboard and 4gb of corsair 800mhz ram due to the reviews
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