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The goal on this build has been to accumulate cheapo parts for the past two months or so, and use them for a new Conroe build for my first overclocking ventures. The goal isn't necessarily to go absolute cheapo, but to get good OCable stuff for cheap, with a goal of at least 3GHz.

Now that everything is finally on order and either received or en route, I'm doing myself the vanity of a build page. If only I hadn't blown my cash on this stuff, I could get a better camera for some better pix
So here's the pieces and prices (includes all shipping, taxes, and rebates... all links to where they were ordered, although not all deals are still active):

Case:
$20 Ultra Aluminus with window (shoulda waited till it was $10)
Case Power:
$40 Raidmax Volcano 630W
Motherboard:
$133 Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3
CPU:
$157 E6300 Conroe
CPU cooling:
$45 Thermalright Ultra-120
$9 ($3 * 3) Yate Loon D12SL-12-BK 120mm Low Speed
RAM:
$220 2GB Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 4-4-4-12
Video:
$138 PNY Verto 7900GS 256MB PCI-E 16X
Hard drive:
$27 Maxtor 160GB SATA (Microcenter, link is gone)
Optical drive:
$32 Samsung 18X Lightscribe
I don't screw around with burners, only BenQ, NEC or Samsung for me.
Sound:
Onboard till I find something cheap and good.
Keyboard/mouse:
$20 Logitech LX 710 wireless I won't need much range.
Additional Cooling:
$6 ($3 * 2) Evercool EC4010 40mm Case Fan
$7 Thermaltake CL-C0025 RAM Heatsink

Current Total Spent
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$854

Possible future purchases:

$50 Audigy 2 ZS Platinum?

And so, it begins...
 

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630w for 45 bucks. I would be concerned there...

It's a rebate thing. Actually, you can get it now for $90 with a $40 rebate and free shipping for a total of $50 at the above link. The same PSU is $108 at zipzoomfly, $105 at xpcgear, and $82 at atxcases.com

Plus, just like with anything electrical: it's not the volts that kill you, it's the amps. The rails looked sufficient and stable enough.

I'm trying to fill 3 criteria: 1) quality, 2) performance, and 3) cheap. Those are non-negotiable for this build


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Might look at some FSPs. They are high quality but decently priced.
 

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It's built. Pix have been snapped and there'll be a big update as soon as I get some time.

The big surprise to me is the BIOS utility reports the 'system temp' and being significantly warmer (15 - 20C) than the CPU. If they're reporting on the northbridge or southbridge as system temp, I can see that. The Thermalright and case give an almost perfect flow through the sink with two 120mm's straight to the exhaust. The CPU temp in BIOS (no stressing yet) is ludicrously low (17 - 18C... it's a cold room this time of year).
 
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