you can place your .conky rc for i3 anywhere and just put in the proper path. I place my i3 conkyrc in the .i3 directory, then call appropriatelystatus_command conky -c /home/you/.i3/.conkyrc
I have a new install of Ubuntu desktop on an old IBM T43 laptop, and I am trying to get conky up and running. I've copied one of the sample .conkyrc files from the conky sourceforge page and pasted it into ~/.conkyrc . However, I've rebooted conky several times (killall -SIGUSR1 conky) and it still uses the default configuration in: /etc/conky/conky.conf .
If you want your linux desktop to look good, you cannot omit conky, the amazing system monitor tool that you can put on the desktop with endless creative ways. Yesterday I checked Gnome-look and found Path-indicator conky, a new conky config with a unique style, color and shape. Here is a screenshot of Path-indicator conky:
Here is the link to download Path-indicator conky.