Gnome-core on Debian

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http://unix.stackexchange.com – I installed only the base debian package and during installation I did not select any of GUI window manager, laptop, or system utilities. So basically I'm running debian from command line, now I want to set up a GUI just for desktop. For this I tried installing gnome-core by apt-get install gnome-core But is shows gnome-core as a 400MB archive, is the core package so big? I don't want any programs just the basic desktop GUI and nothing else. My internet speed is slow and I can't wait for hours together for installing gnome. Is there any other way to do it? To install only the core package (HowTos)