yeah, thanks for the replies and such. My CPU isn't overclocked at all... Well, maybe 10mhz as Everest seems to think
. It says the original clock was 3400 mhz, but then says a bit under it "CPU#0 Intel® Pentium® D CPU 3.40GHz, 3410 MHz" So it might be running 10Mhz faster! but I'd never overclock a Pentium D. My understanding is that they have two physical cores or something, so they'll overheat a lot easier.
I've never actually overclocked anything in my life, i'm a bit scared I might destroy something. I've been planning on building a computer out of spare parts to test it all out, but I couldn't manage to get the one I built the other day working. Everything was setup properly (i'm almost 100% sure) except for the power thingos from like the power/reset/HDD lights and all that junk. I can never figure those out.
On the topic of that motherboard, I do like it quite a bit, but I really want a heat pipe
. They're meant to be good for cooling, yeah? I don't like the temperatures my CPU hits, so i'd like good cooling. The fan on the side of my case broke the other day, so i'm running on one case fan right now and it's scaring me (being the middle of summer over here).
So heres some info on what i'm specifically looking for.
Video Card - 8800GT or better. I'm upgrading everything for the specific purpose of the better video card - and I want something _good_.
Mobo - PCIe-16x (obviously) SLI isn't necessary at all, but if the mobo is still a decent price, I might consider it. 3 PCI preferably and one or two PCI-e 1x. DDR2-800 support minimum (1066 or whatever it would be nice, but those mobo's seem to be quite expensive), and i'd like a mobo that the RAM voltage can go to 2.1v or 2.3v (for some good quality OCZ RAM or soemthing) IDE/PATA connector on it would be nice, as I don't actually know if my HDD can do SATA? How do I check, this si one of my really weak points in Hardware (we all have them
RAM - most of it was stated above. DDR2 800mhz, 2gb of it, as a base line. (kinda looking at this
right now. the OCZ needs 2.1v, i'm aware a decent motherboard should easily be able to be set up to this, but I wish to be sure
PSU - Wanting about 600w, maybe 700-750 if money permits (don't want to need to upgrade it for a few years
Hope i all makes sense. I don't claim to be a computer guru, but I do think i've got a reasonable understanding