I am sorry, but I have to say it... with your budget, you should really look into something OTHER than a C2D....
Other areas that need attention:
Thermal paste... the one you are looking to get is crap.
is what you should be getting, ESPECIALLY when you consider that the CPU is nearly $200 alone. I speak from experience... DON'T COP OUT TO SAVE A BUCK OR TWO
. Get the Arctic Silver. Also, don't cop out on a cheapo PSU... Every component in the PC relies on the PSU to provide stable power. if it doesn't, there goes the rig.
Case: Antec SLK3800B w/ Smart Power 400 PSU
CPU: AMD 64 X2 3800+(65W)
- $133.00 (until 01/31/07)
Motherboard: DFI C51PV-M2/G Infinity
- $93.99 (onboard VGA & DVI)
RAM: Mushkin 512MB DDR2 533
- $73.99 (Timing 3-3-3-9)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 80 GB SATA 3.0G/s
Burner: Sony DVD+/-RW
Thermal Paste: AS5
Total: $466.94 BEFORE
This puts you just under budget after shipping, and give you a few extra bucks to save up for a better video card. Don't bother with that 7100.... you would be just as good using onboard video.