We pinned our hopes on the Athlon X4 750K, armed with two Piledriver modules totaling four cores. A base clock rate of 3.4 GHz would ramp up to 4 GHz under the influence of Turbo Core, though we'd use its unlocked multiplier to go as fast as possible. Because the chip's graphics engine was disabled, according to AMD's specs, we wouldn't need to worry about unused logic wasting power. And as a result of the new Socket FM2 interface, we'd supposedly have an upgrade path moving forward.
and the recent appearance of an Athlon II X4 750k on Amazon, I was considering trying to build an overclocked gaming system in the $500-$700 price range. Not having built any system before, this is probably ambitious. I haven't got much farther than:
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4 GB (2 x 2 GB) DDR3-1600 F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL $30
Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002: 500 GB, 7,200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s Hard Drive $60
Case Xigmatek Asgard II B/B CPC-T45UC-U01 ATX Mid-Tower $34
Power Supply Antec Neo Eco 400C 400 W $30
Optical Samsung DVD Burner 24x SATA Model SH-224BB/RSBS $16
Total so far $573 (add another ~ $100 for a copy of Windows 8 or 7 -- not sure which).
I'd appreciate any feedback, ideas, jokes. Thanks.