This is what Ive been thinking of going with.. And yes, after reading that 89$ overclock article, I too want to be an over clocking guru- though Ive never been one for the over clocking.
so this is more of a fun setup that Im going to try for now, and hopefully it works.
pentium dual core E2160 = 90$
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L = 110$
OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 800MHz Platinum XTC 2GB = 60$ (after rebate)
BFG 7800 GTX OC (own it already)
PSU owned, box owned.
Oh and looking at the
Western Digital Caviar SATA II (WD1600AAJS) 160GB 7200RPM 8MB Buffer = 60$
My only concerns is that the gigabyte website doesn't have the OCZ ram (the 800hz) on the Qualified vendors list. Furthermore under the 800mhz ddr ram, they list the OCZ 1066 ram!!!! but not the 800.
From what I understood this chip can OC pretty nicely on the stock fan and the what not. Im not going to try and hit extreme, but if I can get it from 1.8ghz to about 2.5-2.8 and stable Ill be happy.
Not sure on the memory compatability, but I would think it should be fine. Here are some other options to consider.
Mobo - $98 shipped - $20 MIR (if you trust MIR’s) = $78 Hard to beat at this price.
ABIT IP35-E INTEL P35 CHIPSET ATX FORM FACTOR 1xPCI-E(X16)/2xPCI-E(X1)/3xPCI/4xDDR2 W/SATA2,LAN(Gb),USB 2.0 & AUDIO http://www.mwave.com/mwave/skusearch.hmx?&scriteria=BA2...
This mobo was used to OC to 3.2 gig on stock fan. Trying to find linkage from anandtech to show you results.
If you are cautious about getting the OCZ to work, than either of these will work for you and are about the same $.
Memory - $102 shipped - $40 MIR = $62!! Solid performing CAS 4 DDR2
CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory – Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I would think with the setup your proposing, you should be able to get to 2.8-3.2 gig without much work at all. I read somewhere that someone just lifted the FSB from 200 mHz to 266 mHz to get the OC they needed.