I generally just tried putting together a computer for ~$400, going with the idea that if all those parts are put together it would work one way or another. Any suggestions that would keep me within my budget and perhaps improve on things?
Alright, with the above changes the total goes to $407.92, and it ends up being a bit cheaper due to less s&h. I've never oc'd any of my hardware before, so I suppose it will be a new experience. Should I buy a different fan or is the one the processor comes with good enough?
Any other suggestions? I'm aiming to order this relatively soon
On the stock cooler you can do a light OC to like 3ghz, but it would be advisable to get an aftermarket cooler to really get your money's worth out of the CPU. Something like this will do well: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
with that cooler you can probably get to around 3.6ghz or so, which will be a nice boost.