Re: 4GB - enough, but for how long?
the E8200 is clocked at 2.66Ghz, and since Intel chips can overclock fairly easy and still run the designated temps when overclocked to 3.0Ghz. Though i would suggest an aftermarket HSF, but its not required.
Yes, OCZ is considered high quality RAM, i think the OCZ Platinum and OCZ Reapers are the best in OCZ, but when get RAM, try to get them clocked at 800Mhz or higher if you want to OC a lot, and CAS4.
Though if you dont overclock, your RAM speed should run at 800Mhz, when you OC its best to set it to an 1:1 Ratio, and then the RAM will only run at 667Mhz until you start to increase the FSB (Overclocking)
My ratios is 3:2, so my CPU isnt bottlenecking my RAM, and its running at 800Mhz as it should.
4GB of RAM is only needed if you are using Vista, and if you want to use all, use the 64bit Vista.
I had an DFI board, and it overclock like a charm, my friend also had an DFI board, it looks sweet, OC easily and well. But i havent kept in touch with DFI for awhile, so i dont know how well they are doing, but i am assuming they should be doing the same.
I have the E7200, and its a pretty sweet processor, pretty fast too.
The difference between the E7xxx series and the E8xxx series is that the E8xxx series has double the cache, so it would operate faster, and its really good compared to gaming.
But i settled with the E7200 because it was $100 at Micro Center. The one they had better was either a quad core or the E8400 which was $60 more. I just dont think its worth it. An E7200 for $100 was hard to refuse.
I dont think these will last 2 years honestly, graphics cards seem to improve every year, then theres some new processors coming out for both AMD, and Intel, unless AMD is only going to release a new socket, and change the Memory controllers of the processor. I think in about a year or less, Quad cores will start being used more often. 4GB of ram should be enough.
If you want a board that can OC easily, i think the best so far is the P45 or the X48 chipsets, they are the newest one, they said the P35 OC well too, not sure how it compares to P45 chipsets, but it doesnt have an PCI-E 2.0 slot, not sure if you wanted it since there wont be any performance increase between the old PCI-E slots. The P35 chipsets are a bit outdated.
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