“Carrying over from the mainstream guide is the AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+. This chip is clocked from the factory at 2.0 GHz (10 x 200) but is capable of MUCH more. From an overclocker’s perspective, I see no reason in purchasing a “faster” model X2. Why? Simple… take the X2 4800+ (clocked at 2.4 GHz), currently retailing for over $600. With good air cooling, most 3800+ chips are capable of well over 2.4 GHz.”
Here are some more Systems articles from around the web:
- Mainstream System Building Guide @ OCIA.net
- Ars System Guide: Ultimate Budget Box @ Ars Technica
- EndPCNoise Fanless Powerhouse System @ SPCR
The following 4 system reviews cover almost every possible base in system design. Start off loking at OCIA’s dream system setup, and picture yourself eating Spam for a while, until you manage to pay off the bills. Or go for a more mainstream system, a budget system, or a very quiet one, your choice.