I put a list of parts together and I am pretty sure they all go together and I know I want to Overclock. I have read up on it and think its brings good value. Here is the list of parts. Also I cannot afford duel core at the moment so please dont suggest it. My budget is 1200 including shipping
Aspire X-Plorer Case-$58.00
Antec TRUEPOWERII 550Watt PSU-$81.99
Sapphire x1800xt 256MB-$239.00
DFI Lanparty UT-$112.99
G.SKILL Extream Ram(2GB)-$171.99
Wester Digital 250GB HDD-$89.99
NEC 16X DVD±R DVD Burner-$34.79
XP PRO-$80.00(Get it from College)
Floppy, Arctic Silver 5, Mouse and Keyboard-$30.00
Does it all look good? I would like Some opinions and advice. I choose the opteron 146 over the 146 because of the 10 multi. And the RAM is PC4000 so that will give me a little headroom. I choose the MoBo cuz I heard it is the best OC'er. Also this hardware is going to be bought from NEWEGG and it says OEM but on the package contents its says it has SV & RCA Cable, HDTV Cable, VIVO Cable, Power Cable, DVI-CRT Adapter, Driver CD. Is that everything I need? Also it will still come with cooler on it right?
It's only about $100 more but it's Dual Core. Now it might not mean so much to you but by the time you go back to school in August you will be wishing you had bought the dual core because multi threaded games will be hitting the market pretty widely by then and they will really take advantage of these. Plus the stock cooler on the dual core chips is really nice (it's big, has an 80mm fan and four copper heat pipes), it will let you do some middle of the road overclocking. You won't need to buy another one unless you are doing high overclocking (over 400MHz+). The 146 comes with a really small cooler you will need to replace no matter what to overclock. You could spend $100 more now or about $300 more later to get a dual core. Plus buying a decent fan/heatsink for the 146 is going to be like $50, that's half the cost of an upgrade to a dual core. You could even get a 3800+ to save $30 bucks over the price of an Opteron, lots of people up here have OC'ed 3800+'s to some amazing levels. Even if you only do some mild overclocking at first until you can afford to add a bigger cooling system for the 3800+ it will still be worth it because you can always add that later.
I would consider getting a duel core processor, or a duel CPU motherboard, and then you could get a second CPU when the duel thread games come out. I have an Asus k8n-dl, and it has ok overclocking options. Also the 246 is only 169 at NewEgg, it is OEM, which is good, if you are looking to overclock. The board will be a bit more expensive, but the 2xx CPUs are a little cheaper, and you will be able to just add a second CPU later, you won’t have an old single core lying around when you upgrade. Plus you could go to a duel core CPU if you wanted later on. My preference would be 246, with duel CPU board.