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McGrail

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So I am attempting my first Gaming Computer build from scratch. To make it budget friendly(as cheap as possible and under $700) I have used newegg for some deals and combos. Below is the URL to my current list of items that I plan to purchase. I do not have an optical drive listed as I am salvaging it. If you guys would please comment and/or suggest any alternatives (providing a link if you do), I would greatly appreciate it, especially regarding a decent CPU cooler for a reasonable price as I have yet to select one. Also the processor I have chosen will be unlocked to either a 3 or 4 core. I have chosen the 6850 over the 6870 to save $30 bucks since I can OC it very close to the 6870 anyway. O, and the RAM was given to me by a friend for Xmas. Thanks...

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You cannot guarantee to unlocked a dual-core processor to make it a triple or quad-core. For a start the locked cores may be unstable and secondly even if you do unlock them there's no guarantee they'll work at all.
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You cannot guarantee to unlocked a dual-core processor to make it a triple or quad-core. For a start the locked cores may be unstable and secondly even if you do unlock them there's no guarantee they'll work at all.

This is true - from what I've seen, however, it's about a 70/30 success/fail rate, respectively.
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You cannot guarantee to unlocked a dual-core processor to make it a triple or quad-core. For a start the locked cores may be unstable and secondly even if you do unlock them there's no guarantee they'll work at all.


I agreed in most cases but my chances of unlocking aren't too bad and stability issues will most likely not be an issue in my situation. BUT, I am considering an AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE, and buying an after-market cpu cooler of course...
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I would suggest doing that.
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Can anyone suggest a CPU cooler? I am thinking about the Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus.
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A review and test for the Hyper 212 with comparison tables. Also Heaps of other coolers tested. >
http://www.hardwares...er-Review/956/2


Noctua coolers are my first choice. > http://www.noctua.at...produkte&lng=en
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The Hyper 212+ is quite good; I would also consider a Corsair A70.
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