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)


    Case: Antec p180

    Power suppy: Antec Truepower 550W

    CPU: Intel® Core 2 Duo E6600 CPU

    mobo: MSI 975X Platinum

    mem: Patriot 2GB (2x1GB) PC6400 DDR2/800 Dual Channel Memory

    video: ATI Radeon X1900XT

    hdd: 2x 320GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 8M Cache 7200RPM Hard Drive

    Optical Drive: NEC 16X DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW DRIVE DUAL LAYER

    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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