e2160 Based Machine. Seeking Sagacious Wisdom

Just posting my Idea for a good Midrange build that I can put a Penryn into when they come out.
I've got a couple questions too.

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L -$99.99

I remember when Newegg had this priced way lower then 100 bux. Ridiculous. I was looking at the Abit IP35-e. but Newegg mysteriously removed it.

CPU: Intel e2160 -$81.99

I'm shooting for 3.0 as stable and cool as possible. I'm wondering if the DS3L supports a 2:1 FSB to Ram ratio so I can just set the FSB to 333 and set the ram to DDR2 667 and shoot for tighter timings. Help me out on this please.

CPU Cooling/ Thermal Grease: AC Freezer Pro 7 / AS5 or AS Ceramic -$21.99, $5.99

Do I even need this for 3.0? will the stock cooler still suffice for 3.0? Regardless of cooler I want some AS5 or the Ceramic stuff.

Ram: Adata DDR2 800 2X1GB -$42.99

These seem to be the sticks everyone suggests besides Crucial. I'm not planning on pushing the ram too hard, I just want the e2160 at 3.0

PSU: Corsair CMPSU-450VX -$79.99

Is this enough for I want to do? or should I get a higher wattage Corsair, Seasonic or PC P&C?

Graphics: GeCube Radeon 3870 -$239.99

The Cheapest 3870, I wanted the Gigabyte 8800GT 256MB or 3850 512MB with the Zalmans, but again, it seems like Newegg felt like making them disappear. If it seems like the Stock Cooler isn't cutting it I'll get a Zalman VF900.

Case: CoolerMaster Elite 330 -$34.99

This looks like a nice case, I hear Coolermasters are best for budget cases. It's got spaces for 2X 120mm Fans, and I plan on getting some right beastly fans >:].

Fans: ?

What are some fans with some real good CFM? noise/looks are no issue with me, I just want powerful 120mm Fans.
Some guy told me Yate loons are good. I don't really want to futz around with rheostats, I just want to plug 'em and rip.

Total: $608.92

Input is greatly appreciated.
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  1. GT256 isn't worth it, IMO, after looking at the disappointing benchmarks. Either GT512 OR GTS512 ($300-ish after rebate) OR HD3870.

    Yate loons are good. Look at Scythe 60-ish cfm fans.
  2. That will work fine.

    The aftermarket fan/grease is not required at those speeds, but will make your system quieter.

    The aftermarket would let you hit a little higher.

    The Dual Core Penryn should be out in about 2 1/2 weeks.
  3. Look at my sig to see the system I built around a e2160.

    The ram I use is Patriot Extreme 4-4-4-12 @ 800mhz I run mine at 5-5-5-16 @ 1000mhz 2.2v IIRC is a 2:3 ratio.

    I run my e2160 at 3.0. A friend of mine go his up to 3.6ghz with aftermarket cooling but he was getting weird errors so he put it back to 3.0.

    As got vga aftermarket cooling I got the vf-900 for my 8800gt. Temps with the vf-900 are 42,44 idle and never goes above 57 under load, wich is awesome for the gt wich, with stock cooling, is the hottest runnig of the 8800's.

    If you have questions don't hesitate I will bel glad to help you with your system.
  4. As for Aftermarket CPU Cooling-which I don't see you have listed, I recommend the VX version of the Thermaltake Big Typhoon.
    I guess you can use stock but IMO it'd be worth the investment.
  5. Update: new stuff is bolded.

    CPU: e2160 -$81.99

    Mobo: MSI p35 Neo2-FR -$119.99

    Seems like a good deal to me, Solid caps, Xfire, RAID and a honkin' Heatpipe

    GPU: Gigabyte Radeon 3850 512MB w/ Zalman vf700 -$199.99

    Upping my PSU so I can buy another for Xfire if I feel like it when I get my E8400 or Q9450

    RAM: Adata 2x1GB DDR2 800 -$42.99

    Case: CM Elite 330 -$34.99

    PSU: Corsair CMSPU-520HX -$124.99

    This beast enough for 2 3850's? Modularity sounds like a sexy proposition to me too.

    CPU Cooler/ Thermal Interface Material: AC Freezer pro 7, AS5 -21.99+ 5.99

    Fans: Yate Loon 120mm x2 -$7

    Not from newegg, I'll link 'em:


    Total: 640.92

    Let it be known that I've got a HDD and DVD drive that i'm bringing over from my current machine.
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