Hey, I have a few questions to ask: 1. About how long will a 6600GT last for acceptable gaming (playable framerates) at settings of 1024x768 with games on all high settings paired with a 3200+ Winchester? the reason i'm asking is i want to build a new system and unless i can get some more money somewhere, since my parents won't help me out at all, and i don't have a job (yet), it's gonna have a 6600GT in it, at least till i can get something better. 2. about the 3200+, could it be overclocked to a 3500+ with stock AMD cooling without raising temps too much? if not then how far? 3. Does Chaintech make good motherboards? there VNF4/Ultra nForce4 Ultra in question, on newegg it's seems to have all good reviews? I'm only $94 away from being able to build my system with the 3200+/6600GT so any answers would be appreciated
1. The 6600Gt would IMO be acceptable for gaming for maybe 1 and a half years for semi new games. You may need to move some settings down but it should be able to play them ok. 2. The 3200+ could be OCd to a 3500+ with proper cooling but it is not that simple. To OC a CPU you also need to OC the RAM so you need good RAM as well. Also, with stock cooling i dont think it could get up to 3500+ stable espically without good RAM. I would get some 80 mm Fans and plan it so the airflow is very good. Also, i would get a better hsf for the ultimate OCing ability. 3. Chaintech makes fine motherboards but i would worry more about model. Just make sure the mobo has all the stuff you need (i.e. SATA, RAID ect.) So if it does and comes with a good warrenty, go for it.
I have seen several chaintech products are people seem to like them. I am looking at one of their nforce3 chipsets for socket 939. I would google some of the products your looking at to get good reviews:D
About the ram, would i be able to use the ram i have now until i got some new stuff? i have 1GB (512x2) of DDR400 Unregistered/Unbuffered.
Yeah, what is the new ram you plan of getting? If going to get some good ram, get a vinni +3000 instend. only $150 and can go to 2.8ghz:D
not sure on what ram, i figured i'd wait till i get the rest of it bought, set up and going before i started looking.
My recommendation in terms of the motherboard if you are going socket 939 is the Asus A8N-E (http://usa.asus.com/prog/spec.asp?m=A8N-E&langs=09) It's a pretty solid motherboard with PCI-E architeture. But if you're not going PCI, then I would recommend the Asus A8V Deluxe (http://usa.asus.com/prog/spec.asp?m=A8V%20Deluxe&langs=09#) Hope that helped a bit! =)
The Chaintech board has everything that i should need on it, it's Socket 939 PCI-E, and every review i've seen says that it is a very stable board. only downsides i've seen is that it's not a really high overclocker due to the spacing of the ram slots and having a passive cooler on it. but thats alright since i don't plan any doing any high overlclocking. Thanks for the suggestions though!
so which would be better? a 3200+ Winchester or a 3000+ Venice? assuming i'm not going to be doing any major overclocking, maybe if i got the venice just bringing it up to 2.0Ghz (3200+).
the vinni is about $50 cheaper than the +3200. Get it. Well then, would be a good bord for overclocking that is under $110 and have AGP and 939?