Help! $800 computer budget. Open to all suggestions.

Basically... my goal is to create an $800 computer that will preform decently for a few years. little gaming, I don't need anything like 60fps on F.E.A.R with high settings. I will probably do a little overclocking as well... nothing major.

I would also like it to be upgradable if possible.

So far the only thing I know I want is a E6300 Core 2 Duo. I am looking at a GIGABYTE 965P-DS3 motherboard right now, but that could change as well.

Any suggestions?
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  1. I would recommend a GIGABYTE 965P-S3. It will save you $20 that can be added to RAM or a better video card. Or go with Media Centre 2005 w/ Vista upgrade OEM (free to home prem, except $20 in random stuff).

    How much you want to overclock? Here is a little chart with some info for you.

    Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 - 1.86ghz at stock - 266*7, 1860mhz, 1066FSB. (DDR2-533 memory for pure-stock) ($100/gigabyte of RAM)

    What you could do... boost that to 333*7, 2331mhz, 1333FSB. (DDR2-667 for this small overclock) ($105/gigabyte of RAM)
    Or... boost that to 400*7, 2800mhz, 1600FSB. (DDR2-800 for this good overclock.) ($115/gigabyte of RAM)
    Or... boost that to 450*7, 3199mhz, 1800FSB. (DDR2-900, nonstandard, for this high overclock.) ($130/gigabyte of RAM)

    I am personally planning to use the last overclock setting; DDR2-900 is not extremely expensive, but expect to pay about $130 for a gig of RAM.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820134014

    Gigabyte has some good settings IIRC; it can automatically overclock your overclock 14%-20% while the CPU is under heavy load. You want to match your FSB you plan to use with the proper DDR2 memory.

    Good luck!
  2. What all do you need to replace? Case, monitor, everything? Will be tough with $800. Any older parts you can reuse?
  3. $800 is easily doable, especially if you are not into gaming. Can we assume that you already have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse?

    $190 E6300
    $105 GIGABYTE 965P-S3
    $108 Corsair Value Select DDR2 667 1GB
    $ 53 160GB hard drive 7200rpm
    $ 31 Case with power supply
    $ 32 DVD-RW drive
    $110 7600GT graphics

    $630 + shipping. You could go cheaper on the graphics if you won't be playing games. Still money left to play with, maybe add more memory or get a second HDD, whatever.
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