So after a couple speed bumps and a wrong Vista version needing to be RMA'd, I spent about 3 hours the other day and finally build my computer. It has run flawlessly and I am very happy with the parts that I chose. I gotta tell you, the absolute toughest part of building the computer was definitely the cable management. I had a PC P&C power supply and they have like 900 cables! Anyway, I spent about 1,100 dollars and here's what I put into my system.
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
NZXT Tempest Case
Microsoft Reclusa gaming keyboard (matches tower LED color )
Scythe KM02-BK 5.25" Bay Fan Controller - Retail
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium x64
I was using a Dell Latitude D820 before this and I legitimately get 5 times the FPS on this new computer, with max settings on CS:S, than I did at 800x600 on my laptop. I am pumped!!
I think that I overclocked correctly but I am not too sure about the voltage or idle temp. My idle temp, after OC'ing to 3.0 GHz, is 39 degrees Celsius. The voltage is 1.296-1.312. I'm really new at this, so is this voltage OK, or could I lower it more?
Thanks for the responses. I'm really new at this and didn't know the ramifications of running new settings at a possibly lower voltage than what my CPU was designed for...well I looked around and I saw that the worst-case scenario was that I would have to reset my BIOS settings to the factory default if the voltage is different from what it should be. I'll probably try to OC my processor and RAM more, but not just yet when I have no experience doing so.
As for that monitor...I haven't used it for more than a week but I have nothing but good reviews on it. The monitor came to me with no dead pixels, has a great response time, and I haven't really had any problems with it. The only thing is that the monitor really isn't all that adjustable (either horizontally or vertically). If you have a desk that allows you to look straight at the monitor within 6-8 inches of its center point, you'll get a great picture. The 129 bucks I spent on it was well worth it, though...Acer is a great brand and the quality it delivers with its price is unbeatable, definitely buy this!