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Alright well i had my system all sorted out at around $1600...http://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=4973167, anyway i got alot less then i was expecting on my tax return, so turns out i can only spend around 1200-1300. I need to find whats is the best alternitive for what i have chosen already. I would like to still have 2Gig mem and and intel board if possible, If anyone has built a core 2 duo system with this limited funds please tell. Thanks
 
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That link didn't work. You can copy the individual links or make your wish list public...

Now you're looking to build a gaming machine, right?
 
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So are you looking at the 975x chipset Intel so that you can go to SLI later on? Or are you going with that board because it's such a nice board? or...?
 
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Here are a couple of suggestions to save you a few bucks right away.

If you can forego SLI, the ASUS P5B is an excellent motherboard. The P5B deluxe is $180.00, and if you don't need built in WiFi and Dual Lan, look at the standard P5B, which is only $130.00.

The processor. The E6600 is the perfect CPU right now. However, I have two machines that have the E6300, which is only $ 190.00, and they are performance monsters. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the E6300.

I'd stick with the RAM you've got, although if you aren't overclocking, you can save a few bucks and get DDR2 667.

Any of this with an 8800GTX is still going to rip games to pieces. You'll be outfitted for DX10 already, and there is nothing bad about these selections.

If you need links, let me know...
 

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ok well i was going with the 975x just because its a nice board, i could care less about sli, im also not concerned with overclocking, thats another reason why i went with intel, i also decided to go with a xfx 7900GS ddr3 pci-E saves quit abit and i can also upgrade later, i was looking at this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813121053 but it says some mumbo jumbo about only being able to use 1.8voltage memory at 555 or 666 speed, and i cant find any at that rate....
 

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See with that asus board and this intel board there is alot of talk about not haveing very good sort of compatible memory, iw ould like to stay with the xms 800 but it runs a higher voltage then it says it can use
 
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It looks like everything should work. The only thing I would suggest is to get this board, rather than the one you chose;

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813121052

It's the same board, but a retail version not OEM and the price is only $2 more than OEM. If you had a board failure at some future time, it is much easier to RMA a retail board to Intel than an OEM board.
 
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The 965 is an excellent board--excellent chipset.

The RAM issue is that DDR2 800 has to be certain timings. Right now, 5-5-5-12 timings seem to work the best. I'd suggest going to Intel's website and look at the tested memory list just to be safe. Follow the link on Newegg's site.

You got yourself a NICE machine there! You'll be happy with it.

Now you had said earlier that you had an optical drive...? Is that right?
 
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It's empty...

You buy where you want to buy. I don't buy there because of the problems people have with RMA's and stuff, but if you feel comfortable with it, go for it.
 
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