My Realistic Next Computer

I was bored (who woulda thunk?), and I got to playing around a bit at Newegg. Here is my public wish list for my realistic next computer. Sure, it isn’t the fastest processor available (more on this in a minute) and 2 GB of RAM isn’t all that huge any more (I’d eventually upgrade this to 4 GB). The 8800GTS isn’t the fastest video card currently available, but the 640 MB will definitely help out a great deal. The dual 20x DVD-RW drives aren’t the newest or the greatest high definition burners, but honestly the HD format is still too much of a mess right now to spend a large amount of money on something that could be useless in a year.
Just a quick note on the processor: It’s the Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 @ 2.13 GHz. It is widely held around the internet (after repeated examples time and time again) that this processor can easily reach 3 GHz + speeds with little or no effort. The Intel E660 is clocked at 2.4 GHz for $40 more than the E6420. So I can easily manage to save myself $40 by going with the cheaper processor and then just overclocking it. Not to mention that I still have my Koolance Exos-LT water cooling system…so I likely could push 3.2 or 3.4 out of the processor. 🙂
Overall, the theme here is …still plenty of speed (and for a while into the future), but at an affordable price. Check out the public wish list entitled “Realistic May 2007 Build”. I swear, a new build is like crack to a computer nerd…