I am building a new system soon (second time) and my budget is <$1000 (less money spent is better)
the biggest question is regarding the cpu, i first wanted the e6750 and then overclock to 3.2GHZ (400 FSB 1.1 ratio with DDR2 800 Ram, perfect). Then i heard about the overclockability of the e2xx's and now i am leaning towards buying an e2140(1.6GHz, x8 multiplier same as e6750). I saw some reviews of e2140 (not e2160) and people getting it to 3.2GHZ(again, perfect 1.1 ratio with DDR2 Ram). I am planning on getting gigabyte-ds3l board and an arctic cooler 7 to help with overclock. My question is: Can e2140 get to 3.2GHz(400FSB x8) with ds3l and arctic cooler 7 and some arctic silver 5?
i know the e2140 only has 1mb cache and i have read articles about cache effecting performance in gaming. But the thought of overclocking such a cheap cpu and saving money is exciting to me. I wouldnt call myself a hardcore gamer or anything and i only game on weekends.
I just bought the corsair 550vx and an antec 900 because they were on sale.
Some minor decisions:
8800Gt or HD3870: I pretty much made my mind on 8800GT but 3870 is not out of the league. Any one know a good place to get 8800GT right now?
Harddrive: Right now i have decided on samsung spinpoint 500GB
but all those fans in the antec 900 make me wanna get more harddrives on put them in raid, which means i have to upgrade mobo. Any thoughts?
I used to want the Abit ip35-E because it was full size board and have 8 pin mobo power connector, it also overclocks great. But just as I was about to buy it, newegg went outa stock and removed the item. I am hating newegg for that lol.