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I would say it would have a E6600, DDR2 533 or 667 RAM, and an Intel motherboard. As for cooling, stock would be fine unless you wanted it to be quiet, in which case you should get something by Zalman. If you want a parts list, I can get it to you.
 

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My wifes 6400 cost around 1200. That was with a nice case and decent psu but 2GB of cheap ram, 7600gs, and P5B. This was the cheapest, reliable build I could put together. I just couldn't make myself buy some of the cheaper stuff. Right now ram is at a premium. Even value ram is expensive. The parts that you can save on somewhat are ram, cooling, and the motherboard if you have no interest in overclocking but remember if you go to cheap you will get unreliable parts. I stuck with names like OCZ, ASUS, EVGA, and enermax. The tsunami case was purchased solely for looks but after the purchase and putting it together I am glad I picked it up. It is by far the best case I have used yet. Make sure you get a 965 chipset instead of a 975. The 965 is the newest (I know why a lower number for a newer chipset? dunno blame intel) It will help when you go to upgrade.
 

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This is what I came up with some help from a few nice guys on this board.<br><br><br>
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel, SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $44.99<br><br>
ASUS P5B Deluxe Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $184.99<br><br>
SAPPHIRE 100176L Radeon X1950PRO 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 CrossFire Video Card - Retail $199.99<br><br>
OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI ATX12V 600W Power Supply - Retail $119.99<br><br>
Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6300 - Retail $181.99<br><br>
Crucial Technology 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TY2KIT12864AA663 - Retail $229.99<br><br>
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $94.99<br><br>
Thermaltake Big Typhoon CL-P0114 120mm Cooling Fan with Heatsink - Retail $43.99<br><br><br>
I just wanted to see if I could shave off a couple hundred bucks or so without damaging the reliability factor with the parts by switching from an overclocking build to a non-overclocking build.<br><br>
Thanks, any help would be much appreciated!
 

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ASUS P5B Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - $139<br>
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit $189 or<br>
CORSAIR ValueSelect 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) $206<br>
Plus there is some OCZ for $199 after a MIR that is DDR2667 with the neat camo heat spreaders.<br>
If you do not care about overclocking you can save a little on your ram and motherboard. I have the motherboard I posted, the ram I got was OCZ value ram. No compatability issues so far and I was still able to overclock.<br>
Also why get an aftermarket cooler if you are not overclocking? The stock cooler is fine. Heck I use it with a slight overclock and there are some on here that have got good overclocks with the box cooler. Do not waste the $40.
 

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For non-overclocking, cut down on the motherboard, and get at least an E6400
 

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What Choz and SoaD said. Get a cheapy mobo. Something with like just two DDR2 667 slots for like $40, and a E6400. with the $100 or so you save on the mobo and cooling get a really nice video card for it.<br />
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E6400 - $220<br />
ECS P4M890T-M2 - $52<br />
G. SKILL PC2 4200 1GB - $100<br />
Your choice of 7900GT or X1900<br />
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Me, I'm going the other way and getting a decent mobo for $150 and getting a cheapy videocard (7600GT)
 

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Thanks guys. I'm keeping my case and hard drive and I'm getting rid of the fan. Also, I'm replacing the e6300 with the e6400. However, I'm still having trouble with these parts:<br />
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ASUS P5B Deluxe Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $184.99<br />
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SAPPHIRE 100176L Radeon X1950PRO 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 CrossFire Video Card - Retail $199.99<br />
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OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI ATX12V 600W Power Supply - Retail $119.99<br />
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Crucial Technology 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TY2KIT12864AA663 - Retail $229.99<br />
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If you guys could please make suggestions, that would be great. The video card for sure because they're out of stock on Newegg. Thanks, I appreciate your time.
 

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Why are you getting that board if you don't want to overclock?
 

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Initially, I was going to make an overclocking rig, but I decided to try to save some cash. The P5B Deluxe was part of that build, but since I'm not planning to overclock anymore, I gotta find a new board.
 

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Well when the system is not going to be used for overclocking you dont have to get specialist parts that will help you in such endeavours.<br><br>
I think a Good enough build would consist of.<br><br>
E6300-E6400<br>
DDR2 533<br>
Intel chipset Motherboard. Something along the lines of a DFI or ASUS brand.
 

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<ul><li><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131070" target="_blank">ASUS P5B-E Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express</a> $154.99</li>
<li><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115004" target="_blank">Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz</a> $220.00</li>
<li><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820231051" target="_blank">G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 667 (PC2 5400)</a> $219.99</li>
<li><a href="http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=324623" target="_blank">Asus EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M Radeon X1950 Pro 256MB</a> $199.99</li>
<li>2X <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822136062" target="_blank">Western Digital Caviar RE WD1600YS 160GB</a> $129.98</li>
<li><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827106014" target="_blank">LITE-ON Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X</a> $27.99</li>
<li><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16835186134" target="_blank">ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro</a> $29.99</li>
<li><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811119068" target="_blank">COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel</a> $44.99</li>
<li><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817341001" target="_blank">OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI ATX12V 600W</a> $119.99</li>
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Total: $1,147.91<br><ul><li>The Asus X1950PRO is cheaper on the 'Egg, but out of stock</li>
<li>Don't need a Big Typhoon if you don't overclock. I listed an Arctic Freezer Pro, but you probably will be just fine with stock.</li>
<li>I choose a motherboard that support RAID on the Southbridge. Is RAID is not desired, just get a <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813128017" target="_blank">Gigabyte S3</a> for $115.99 (note: this board does not support RAID at all).</li>
<li>Also, I choose two 160GB/16MB HDDs for a RAID array. Again, if you don't want RAID, just get a single disk.</li>
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