New PC Build Complete – Core 2 Duo e6600 with serious overclock

Well the new PC build is finally complete, and what can I say, I’m very happy with the outcome. My old Athlon XP based machine was getting slightly haggard so I decided to go all out and build the ultimate machine. The specs breifly are as follows

  • Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4ghz OC to 3.2Ghz Stable
  • 2gb Dual Channel DDR 800 with Copper heatsinks
  • 500gb Sata2 HDD
  • Gigabyte 965p-s3 Motherboard
  • Evga Nvidia 8800 GTX Directx 10 card
  • Zalman CNPS9700 Heatsink
  • Aria Darkstar case

What can I say about that spec. I just had to overclock the processor and I have great stability at 3.2ghz with very cool core temps. I managed to hit 3.5ghz but I need a stable machine for work so scaled it back. The build all went well, aside from the PSU which was a cheap and nasty OEM 600 watt job. Surprisingly had no sata power cables so I had to go with adapters. No big deal until I change it. Also the 8800 needed 4 molex just to power it. Also bought a couple of 80mm fans just to keep the airflow nice and flowy 😛

With alot of crimping and clipping I managed to get every cable in the case anchored to keep the airflow completely unrestricted and this has given me an extra 2 or 3 degrees less on the cpu under idle.

The real issues started when trying to install Vista. I got a copy of Vista Ultimate Retail, and the install would go fine. I would get to the initial setup screen post install and setup my desktop wallpapers etc and get into Windows. Windows would run fine until a reboot when the bootloader seemingly disappeared. After about 6 install attempts with the same problem, I stuck Grub on my MBR and all was well.

Next big issue came with the Nvidia Vista drivers, or lack of them. I mean come on. Releasing the worlds DX10 Video card, with the worlds first DX10 capable OS, and only releasing Beta drivers! Tisk Tisk Nvidia. A recent update of the drivers seems to have sorted some things out, and I am very impressed with the new Vista Windows Update. Takes care of drivers as well as software so as soon as Nvidia release a driver, its installed without me needing to lift a finger (not always good, but I’m a busy man of late).

First few weeks with Vista have been positive, and my machine scores an Experience index of 5.7 so its all good. I love the Windows key + tab (alt + tab) replacement. Very OSx, and very sleek.

Anyway, below are some pictures of the build, and the epic Zalman. Let me know what you think.

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John Large

My name is John Large. I am a Web Developer, E-commerce site owner & all round geek. My areas of interest include hardware hacking, digital privacy & security, social media & computer hardware. I’m also a minimalist in the making, interested in the Tiny House movement & the experience economy along with a strong interest in sustainability & renewable energy. When I’m not tapping on a keyboard or swiping a smart phone I can be found sampling great coffee, travelling the world with my wife Vicki (who writes over at Let’s Talk Beauty) & generally trying to live my life as unconventionally as possible.

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