The worst thing you can do after building a computer is have the friend you built it for say they they don't have the money and don't want it.
This actually happened to me. It was somewhat my fault though. I was fixing a friends old P4 computer and she asked me about my computer. I told her I build my own so I can customize and overclock them. She said I should have you build me one. She just didn't have the money right now. So thinking it would take me a good while to collect all the parts from multiple sources. Why not get a start on it? She would probably have the money by the time I finished it. Not a good idea.
The best thing you can do after building a computer is overclock or unlock cores on it so it outperforms a CPU costing twice as much. I just love this. My record so far percentage wise is an E2140 overclocked from 1.6GHz to 3.2GHz on stock volts, yes you read that right, a 100% OC or double the clock speed on stock volts.
I got it on eBay and it came out of an upgraded Dell no less. My record for unlocking cores is a dual-core unlocked to a quad-core. Can you say a $58 quad (that's what I paid for my 550BE on eBay). Just call it a Phenom II X4 975BE.
Welcome to overclock.net (OCN) Stabwound.
REP+ to you for an excellent thread idea.
I LOLed at some of the comments in here.Edited by Ben the OCer - 3/20/10 at 5:11pm