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.
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)
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.