Building Core2 Duo system - need suggestions

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.
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  1. Thanks for the heads up.. I'll put together what I have so far and hope I dont get shot down too hard.
  2. 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=N82E16811129154

    Power suppy: Antec Truepower 550W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16817103931

    CPU: Intel® Core 2 Duo E6600 CPU

    mobo: MSI 975X Platinum
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813130051

    mem: Patriot 2GB (2x1GB) PC6400 DDR2/800 Dual Channel Memory
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820220144

    video: ATI Radeon X1900XT
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814127206

    hdd: 2x 320GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 8M Cache 7200RPM Hard Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148140

    Optical Drive: NEC 16X DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW DRIVE DUAL LAYER
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827152058

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

    Sound: onboard
  3. 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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