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    Processor: Intel Core i7 920
    Motherboard: ASUS P6T
    Memory: OCZ Gold 6 gb @ 1600 Mhz
    Audio Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 70SB109000004 $60
    Video Card: BFG Geforce GTX 285 Overclocked
    Monitor: I-Inc 25" iF251HPB $230
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    Any recommendations?
    1) Is it worth getting the Overclocked card?
    2) Can I overclock the 920 to about 3.2 Ghz without buying separate cooling or tinkering the voltage?
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    Welcome to PureOC!

    To answer your questions:

    1. There aren't really conflicts, but I would NOT go with the i7 940. It's being phased out and is way overpriced. Go with the 920, it'll save you money and you can always overclock it easily anyways, we have many people here that can help you with that.

    2. It should fit into the case, there aren't any components that are HUGE, so you should be fine.

    3. Whichever model offers a better price or warranty. I believe they're both reference cards, so they'll have the same performance.

    4. Yes, that RAM will work fine. I tested that OCZ RAM in a P6T so no worries at all.

    5. Depends if you're an audiophile or sensitive to audio differences. Onboard is pretty good, but depending on the games you play, onboard will not support EAX and other enhancements that are only supported by an X-Fi sound card.

    6. Where in Canuckland are you based, and where are those prices from?

    7. Yes. With the hundreds of dollars you'll be saving instead of getting an i7 940, just spend $50 and get a better air cooler. No need for water cooling. Check our Cooling Review section ( http://www.pureoverclock.com/review.php?cat=18 ) for some product ideas, there are a few good ones that aren't expensive and will do a great job.

    8. Just the questions I asked.

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    Welcome to Pure OC

    I own the 940, Jakes right, Intel is stopping them at the end of the year, so go with the 920. I also own two GTX 295's , so I would suggest that you buy EVGA cards , they have the best support team around, as well as a lifetime warranty, and a 90 day step up program, which allows you to use the card for 90 days, if a new card comes is released that you would to buy, they will let trade your card in, and give you back exactly what you paid for it .

    As far as your choice of motherboards, I would also check out the Foxconn X58 Bloodrage, I also owned the P6T sold it and bought the Bloodrage. As long as you do not plan plan on running more than 6Gbs of memory, I would go with the Bloodrage. They are both very good boards, but after owning both of them, I would have to say the Bloodrage is the better board, it also comes with a great sound card.

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    Lol, you make this list off tiger direct? Anyways.. I just built a rig myself a few days ago and I got one of those I-INC monitors. They are good if you are on a tighter budget, but kind of cheap. About the RAM, I also have 6 GB triple channel RAM that runs at 1600MHz. Is the RAM you're referring to OCZ Gold?

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    everything looks pretty good to me.... wish i had the extra cash to upgrade my cpu and gpu but they will work for now.

    main thing is spend the money and invest in a good cooler for your CPU. Stock coolers just don't really cut it. No need to go water or anything and there are plenty of good reviews and options if you check the board.

    I have the artic cooler freezer 7 pro with AS7 paste and it works great, quiet and keeps the temps down real nice.

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