Case: Antec 900 Mobo: Asus P5Q Pro CPU: E8400 PSU: Corsair 650TX GPU: Asus 8800GT RAM: 2x2 Patriot Extreme Performance DDR2 800 HDD: 500GB Seagate Barracuda DVD: Sony Optiarc DVD/CD burner with LightScribe CPU Cooler: Xigmatek S963 OS: Vista Ultimate 64 ($8 from my University)
anything bad on here? how far should I be able to overclock this?
~4ghz. Beyond 4.2ghz, the cpu will need a crapload of voltage which will heat up the cpu pretty fast on air.
I was going to suggest stepping down a PSU size to the 550VX but seeing the 650TX has free shipping from NewEgg is actually less expensive ATM. You have a good list there.
Best overclocking results depend on the "luck of the draw" in getting a good E8400 instead of an average E8400. You can expect something in the range of ~3.8Ghz - 4.0Ghz with what you've picked out.