if you do indeed live near a microcenter you might be able to get the 960T for $90.
i was not going to recommend that mobo you picked but after reading this . . .
Originally Posted by BjaminNYC
User Name: BjaminNYC
CPU: 960t / 1600t
24/7 OC: 3,900 MHZ x6 @ 1.375v
Max OC: 4,219 MHZ x6 @ 1.49v
Fist post, just joined because of how impressed I am with this chip. It won't stop letting me push it further.
I picked up the CPU, ram, motherboard, power supply, and case at my local Micro Center all on sale for $185 with tax about 3 weeks ago. I've since installed a TX3 cooler, which was <$20. I figured overclocking would be limited by virtually every budget component I've purchased, wow was I wrong this chip rocks. I've crossed the 7.3 mark in Cinebench 11.5 and know I've still got some headroom to push further.
I'm holding off on trying for x6 @ 4.4+ GHZ until my OCZ Agility 3 Series 120G, and two additional 120mm fans show up next week. Temps at 4.2GHZ are approaching 60 @100%. No reason to burn this gem up, I can wait for the extra air flow. Push/pull with the TX3 will probably be on the agenda in a few weeks.
I must have gotten really lucky with this CPU because there is now way with this config I should be rockin' such a fast machine.
Phenom 960t/1605t ($90)- Gigabyte 78LMT-SP2 ($10) - Value Ram DDR3 1333 8GB ($30)
Congrats to everyone who got their hands on the 960t, absolutely the best value in the PC market without question.
i still don't. it is up to you.