Okay, so as I mentioned...
I ordered some components from newegg.com.
After watching several go through 2500XP overclocking successfully, I felt compelled to buy one. But this one is not for myself. Well actually it is for my mechanic, who is one of my friends. And he does not have a good computer at all, so I felt it in his best interests to build him one. And yes I am being a little cheap with it. But all he wants is a system to play games on. And I felt like I owed him. Especially because my transmission totally broke down on me and I dropped it off to him a month ago and I called him a couple of days later and he told me there was nothing wrong with it. Trust me; there was something very wrong with it. I even told him that all I could spend was $700 to fix it. He fixed it and did not charge me for it.
I remember an anthropology teacher telling me that having a good mechanic is as important as having a good dentist--you don't want anybody messing around with something as important as your car...or your mouth, for that matter.
So I decided to buy some cheap components off of newegg (all of $200 USD). As a matter of fact I will list exactly what I purchased:
Case and Power Supply:
I asked him to pay for the memory ($100). I know the components are not all the highest quality. But I am just looking for components that will work at the specification. For one thing, I know that the memory I selected will run at CAS 2.5-3-3-8 or better at 400 MHz, which is all I need it to be stable at. Well actually I am going to give the system to him at stock, and show him how to overclock. And I am going to take off the heatsink heat pad that AMD affixes and apply some Artic Silver 5 on it (I have gobs of it).
Overall I am spending about $200 bucks on this stuff for him. I know that the power supply and case are not the best; but they do not have to be. They will do, that I know.
If you have any tips or pointers for me, let me know.