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 >:].
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.
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.