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post #11 of 16
This would be my suggestion:

Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 RC-534-KKN2-GP Black Aluminum & Mesh bezel $44.99
MoBo: ASUS P5B-E Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express $150.99
Video: HIS Hightech H195PRF256DDN-R Radeon X1950PRO 256MB GDDR3 $189.99
PSU: SILVERSTONE SST-ST50EF ATX12V 500W $87.50
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz LGA 775 $186.00
RAM: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) $194.99
HDD: Western Digital Caviar RE WD1600YS 160GB 16MB Cache $125.98
DVD: LITE-ON 18X DVD±R Burner Black IDE $29.99

Total: $1,010.43

A little over budget. The ASUS P5B-E does have the ICH8R Southbridge, which allows RAID over the Southbridge (and not only over a secondary controller like the S3). Also, I opted for two 160GB/16MB cache drives, which will give him better performance. You could save some by going for 2x80GB of course. Since he does not overclock (that much) I went for 2GB budget DDR2 667 RAM.

Cases are a matter of taste. Lian-Li is just not an option is this price range. The Coolermasters are well-built and very reasonably priced.

Prices based on Newegg.

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Thanks Chozart , i am looking to overclock a bit so thanks for the tip.
Shank, thanks for the link as well.
For overclocking a bit, you might want to look at an after market CPU cooler (although I have an E6600 running at 3.0GHZ - from 2.4GHz stock - on the stock cooler). Also, you might want to look somewhat higher end RAM, like this kit: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) $224.99
    
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post #12 of 16
good list ,i would change the case, for optimal airflow get the COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW for 5 dollars more. It has 909 Reviews on newegg.

And i wouldnt go with 160 GB for harddisk space , because lately the 160 GB's have been failing horribly , like they are dying and breaking.
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post #13 of 16
Got any proof about that last comment? I'd be interested to know.

And yes, the Cent 5 does likely have the better airflow. The Cent 534 has a hard disk bracked on the bottom that's blocking airflow. Only if that one is removable, would I assume the case to have a good airflow. Do go for the Cent 5. Good catch

Regarding the hard drives.. do make sure 160GB storage space is enough. A single 250GB drive (esp. the Seagate perpendicular technology ones) performs fairly well, and you can always add a second one later on (although that will require a re-installation)
    
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post #14 of 16
actually no. lol , i just heard about it. But i mean , i suppose the reviewer that posted that could have been completely full of bs... But ok , i trust you because you seem to know what you are talking about.
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do those hard drives really make that big of a difference? is it just the amount of cache? My homeboy doesnt need alot of storage, he just wants to be able to play a game or two. He has enough chicks that he doesnt fill up his HDD with porn.
    
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post #16 of 16
The cache definately makes a difference in performance. However, this mostly shows in benchmarks. If 160GB is enough storage space (make sure that you anticipate future use), then I'd probably go for the two 80GB drives to save some money.
    
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