Well first off I'd like to say this is my first post, well technically second, but 1st important one =) Now the next paragraph is the background story, skip to past the equipment list for the questions/opinions I need help answering.
Last summer a friend of mine and I created a watercooled peltier setup for his Athlon XP/NF2 Ultra and we managed to hit about 2.7ghz on it before the ice/condensation from a bad insulation job started to cover the entire board =\ So we shut the thing down, gave it a few days to dry out, and it booted up fine, till his dog bumped into the board, causing the 45 pounds of weights to come crashing down onto the RAM slots, causing utter destruction(weights were used to ensure a complete contact patch on the CPU die with the coldplate). So that ended that summer, we went back to tinkering with Honda's and getting greasy.
Well this summer rolls around and I've accumalated alot of "junk" to kickstart this project while increasing my goals. Currently the setup looks like this
4 400watt powersupplies linked together, cooled by mineral oil w/ pump and radiator to keep temps down
3 250-300 watt peltiers
various waterblocks, coldplates, radiators, and acrylic cases for the motherboard mineral oil baths.
I've got to find a new testbed for my project and I'm looking for opinions for an overclocking platform. While I'd love to overclock a FX55 or 3.6g P4, I haven't got the funds to get that rolling. I need opinions and previous examples of good overclocking platforms, preferably a setup under 300$ for mobo/cpu and possibly memory. If anything just leave a msg with a good combination you have heard of before, hope to get some mad OC's this summer, while stomping some benchmarks into the ground =) Oh and if anyone knows of a way to get a sponsor for a project like this, don't keep that knowledge to yourself