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Building Core2 Duo system - need suggestions

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August 12, 2006 2:29:28 PM

I'm looking at builing a Core 2 duo system in early september in the $2k - $2.5k range. I'm new to the homebuild world and I'm totally lost on ram and motherboard selection. I'm leaning toward an ATI card (but I don't plan to use crossfire).

I'm also not planning on overclocking anything

Any suggestions for a ground up build in this price range would be awesome.
August 12, 2006 3:32:43 PM

Thanks for the heads up.. I'll put together what I have so far and hope I dont get shot down too hard.
August 12, 2006 8:02:04 PM

Here's my list... I'm not sure about the mobo, I don't plan on doing crossfire and don't need dual ethernet, so the top of the line ones don't seem to offer more (unless there are perfomance drawbacks I'm unaware of)

thanks!!


Case: Antec p180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Power suppy: Antec Truepower 550W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

CPU: Intel® Core 2 Duo E6600 CPU

mobo: MSI 975X Platinum
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

mem: Patriot 2GB (2x1GB) PC6400 DDR2/800 Dual Channel Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

video: ATI Radeon X1900XT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

hdd: 2x 320GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 8M Cache 7200RPM Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

Optical Drive: NEC 16X DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW DRIVE DUAL LAYER
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

Optical Drive 2: 16X DVD-ROM & 52x32x52 CD-RW

Sound: onboard
August 13, 2006 1:44:36 AM

Suggested Changes:

So.... you're not going Crossfire, yet you're getting a $225 board which supports it. You're also not into overclocking but you're getting a board which has (in some cases) more overclocking potential than the 965P chipsets.

Mobo: Abit AB9 Pro

Optical Drive 2: Drop this altogether. There is NO REASON WHATSOEVER to have more than 1 DVD burner in a computer.

Everything else looks good, but just as a formality, add some Arctic Silver 5 to the mix as well.
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