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I am building a computer for my friend with a $750 budget. I am a bit over budget but it might not be a problem depending on how much shipping costs will end up being. He will be using it mostly for internet and music at first but he will want to put a graphics card in eventually. Keyboard, mouse, and monitor is not needed.

Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6400 - $225

Intel BOXDG965WHMKR LGA 775 Intel G965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard -$120

OCZ Gold Series 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory -$95

Seagate SV35 Series ST3250824SV 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive -$80

Thermaltake W0062RU ATX12V 420W Power Supply -$60

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R Burner, 12X DVD-RAM Write, Black IDE, LH-20A1P-186 -$35

Microsoft Windows Vista 32-Bit Home Basic for System Builders Single Pack DVD -$95

NZXT Apollo BLACK NP Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $70

Total=$780

Any suggestions for possibly getting this under $750?
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I am building a computer for my friend with a $750 budget. I am a bit over budget but it might not be a problem depending on how much shipping costs will end up being. He will be using it mostly for internet and music at first but he will want to put a graphics card in eventually. Keyboard, mouse, and monitor is not needed.

Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6400 - $225

Intel BOXDG965WHMKR LGA 775 Intel G965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard -$120

OCZ Gold Series 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory -$95

Seagate SV35 Series ST3250824SV 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive -$80

Thermaltake W0062RU ATX12V 420W Power Supply -$60

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R Burner, 12X DVD-RAM Write, Black IDE, LH-20A1P-186 -$35

Microsoft Windows Vista 32-Bit Home Basic for System Builders Single Pack DVD -$95

NZXT Apollo BLACK NP Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $70

Total=$780

Any suggestions for possibly getting this under $750?



I personally dont see anything that I would lower on this system. Its already got the lowest priced items at good overall quality so I wouldnt go any lower on anything.

Another thing make sure you understand the Memory timings about that mobo because alot of these conroe boards are picky about memory timings..


Make sure you read about the features part on that intel motherboard. It says this....


Features Notice: Only DDR2-800 memory supporting JEDEC approved 1.8V operation with timings of 5-5-5 or 6-6-6 is supported on Intel Desktop Boards based on Intel 965 Express Chipsets.


Check the ram specs also..


You can always change to a Gigabyte mobo if you wanted but I dont think you will find one much cheaper with the same quality as the intel. Dont go for the $60-$70 gigabyte mobos.


That powersupply is okay I guess but depending on what video card he will want in the future you might want to get a better one with more Watts and dont get a Cheapo powersupply for example a $600W psu for $40, Just dont do that.

I would recommend getting close to 500W to be safe.

Edited by jrm20, 20 February 2007 - 05:21 PM.

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So that means the board can only use a specific type of ddr2-800 memory? I had always known memory to be backwards compatable on speeds.

Also I have brands that I like on many things but I don't know too much about companies that make RAM. What brands do you all prefer?

After taking a quick look I saw that timing usually come in four sets of numbers. Would 5-5-5-15 be the same compatability as 5-5-5-12?

Edited by Titan8990, 20 February 2007 - 05:48 PM.

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So that means the board can only use a specific type of ddr2-800 memory? I had always known memory to be backwards compatable on speeds.

Also I have brands that I like on many things but I don't know too much about companies that make RAM. What brands do you all prefer?

After taking a quick look I saw that timing usually come in four sets of numbers. Would 5-5-5-15 be the same compatability as 5-5-5-12?



You can still use the ddr2 667 in that intel mobo.. I just said make sure you know what your getting your hands into.. The intel mobos are picky about the ram timings. As long as the ram is 5-5-5 or 6-6-6 timing or can run at those timings then it will work.
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