Re: Cheapest Gaming Rig
The E2160 should be alright for now overclocked. It is not a very future proof CPU but in reality It's a great CPU to step-up to something such as a Quad-Core down the line.
However the motherboard is quite the heart of your CPU. I believe that the P31 boards overclock quite well but the Ep35-DS3L may be a better choice in the long run. As for the PSU buy an Xclio Stablepower or goodpower as they are the cheapest PSU's that are trusted and have enough juice.
The video card should be at LEAST an Hd3850 to max out games today...preferably an 8800GS or 9600GT as people have mentioned.
E6300 w/ Arctic Freezer Pro 7 @ 3.6ghz 1.4Vcore
Antec 900 Case
EVGA 750i FTW Mobo
4x1GB of G.skill DDR2-800
2 8800GT in SLI
22" Samsung Syncmaster
1 250GB WD and 1 Seagate 7200.10 in RAID 0
Corsair 520HX 3DMark06 Score: 13900