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Old 07-24-2009, 01:01 PM   #1
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Default CPU, RAM HD upgrade + Heatsink compat check/what do you think

Hi, i'm upgrading my system again from a P4 skt775 to a quad Q6700 as my cPU is bottle necking my EN880GT grfx card. Also I'm wacking in another 4Gb of RAM, HD and want to change from my stock cooler. My current motherboard is a (sexy) ASUS Penryn1600SLI-110dB


This is what im concerned about. My northbridge chipset is quite close the cooler (see image). I'm wondering wether it will fit.


googling i found this on a forum - someone with my mobo using a artic 7 cooler. HOWEVER, they have a zalman, and I wonder if they got that so the coolers fitted on together?

My motherboard can only go up DDR2800. I have 2x1GB DDR2 sticks currently wacked in. I want to get this:

OR should I get this:


the timings are different... one is lower. Is that good?

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/156818 - thought i'd go with 7200rpm and 32mb cache


Inside case:

ahh well i bought the stoof anyway. got the artic cooler. the cheaper ram

only concern is my PSU (a ~20 600W) might not hold up. When I bought it though I heard v. good things about it with people running power setups. Whether it'll hold time will tell.

95W for Q6700 (well that's what a jan 07 review said)
another review i read the other day sprouted my mobo runs > 100W
my mobo card ~ 200W

so call that ~400W

plus another say 100W (3x15 for hdd + 25W for opticals and extra stuff for computer yum yum)

so ~ 500W. I'm concerned as i wonder what the actual 'efficiency' of the PSU.

Very sloppy guessimates. Need to buy a watt meter
1: Q6700 @ stock 3GHz 775 6GB-DDR800 ASROCK penryn 1600SLI, 1GB ATI RAEDON 5770 ~ 3TB internal;
2: 3.2Ghz Phenom 9550 Black ed 4GB-DDR3, ASUS skt AM3, HD 4850 512MB
3: Core i7 3.2GHz, 6GB DDR3, 512MB EN8800GT, 1TB Internal
4: Athlon 4000+ skt 939 6600GT 3GB
5: P4 3.4GHz, 3GB-DDR, ASUS skt 775, ATI RAEDON 9550
+ all my other lovely comp parts :)
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