1st post, this place rocks, stinky build, don't look

Total noob does low budget bomber build. I've been doing research and assembling parts since mid-December. Have built 3-4 systems over past 10 years. Needed a new rig but never really looked at overclocking. My first attempt is mapped out here. Tomshardware was the primary source of inspiration so I thought I would try to give something back. I also wanted to see if I could rival some of the cheap system builder marathon PC's. HUGE fan.

AMD Athlon II X3 435 Processor
ECS A785GM-M Motherboard
MSI R4830-T2D512 Radeon HD 4830 512MB
Kingston ValueRAM 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600)
HEC 6K28BBX585 Black 0.8mm SECC Steel MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case 585W Power Supply
HEC power supply caused a lot of static/feedback into speakers so I had to order up some better power:
SEAGATE Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB SATA II 7200 RPM 16MB Buffer Hard Drive
Total Build Cost: $488.- This included all shipping and tax. Could have been $40.- cheaper if HEC power supply had worked out.

Coming home to find boxes of parts is fun. These parts were especially interesting to me because most appeared to be overbuilt in comparison to previous components I had ordered. Beefy, hefty looking parts. Tim Allen would approve. My 16 yo son thought putting this thing together and OC'ing it was worth having to spend time with Dad!

The ultra cheap HEC power supply was the only problem during the build.
Booted up fine and it was time to try my hand at overclocking.

CPU stabilized at 3.4 Ghz. 20-30 min in Prime95 = 58-60 Celsius. All voltages stock.
In bios set bus speed to 235, FSB to 1800, and RAM to limit at 667 with 9-9-9-24
This resulted in HT link 2115 mhz, Northbridge 2350 mhz.
RAM running at 783 mhz! Nice....memtest stable too.
Tried Riva tuner and OCC to work some magic on the MSI 4830. No dice. Was getting frustrated because the card is supposed to be a good OC'r
Fortunately, ATI tray tools worked great. 739 on GPU and 1109 on memory.
Ran some benchmarks. Results are good, most CPU and memory scores better than system builder marathon budget gaming rigs. Video not as good due to single card, but very respectable for the price.

All in all, a fun way to kill some time in the winter. Might even do it again some day, but for now it's time to play some Dragon's Age........
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