2006-03-08, 16:40 #4 rx7350     Feb 2006 AR, US 24×32 Posts Lowest cost build - best bang for the buck. Opinions, please, on the 'best bang for the buck', barebones, case-less system built only to run Prime95. After a quick look at Newegg, I came up with this: Pentium D dual-core 805 Smithfield 2.66Ghz, 533 Mhz FSB 2X1Mb L2 $143 Asus P5V800-MX Socket T (LGA 775) VIA P4M800 micro ATX$54 OCZ Premier Value (2X512MB) DDR400 3-4-4-8 $89 Western Digital 40Gb Sata150$43 Antec Smartpower 2.0 SP-350 350W $52 Total system price (excluding OS)$381 Other considerations: 1) What can I change (memory to 512Mb, etc) to reduce cost 2) Does XP Pro utilize dual-core processor better that other OSs, like XP Home 3) The Asus mobo has onboard video and audio, does that increase iteration times enough that a cheap video card should be considered 4) I assume a 15% overclock should be easily obtainable, yielding 3Ghz+ 5) On the 'old' benchmark tables it looks like 512Mb L2 caches have better iteration times than 1024Mb caches 6) What's the best way to remote to systems that don't have KVM connections 7) It's not the fastest processor, but it's the cheapest I can find, and it functions as two nodes I probably have more questions, but that's all I can think of right now. I read all thru the hardware forum, but I didn't see any 'recent' thread on this subject. Any help, opinions, suggestions, etc, would be much appreciated!!!