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My First computer build!!! Please Help!!!

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November 3, 2009 7:41:10 PM

Hey, this is my first build, I am not crazy about spending tons of money here, and its just mid-range. ATM I have pretty much everything sorted out, but I need help choosing compatible ram, I would only want 3gb max, because I bought Win7 32bit, due to compatibility problems.


If anyone could please help, offering possibly better options or helping me in any way, that would be great.

Also, if anyone can post a link to 2gb of compatible RAM that would be great!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: I will be buying all the parts over time, starting on the top of the build list (below)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Mid/High end gaming. Run Crysis all Very High at a LOW RESOLUTION.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg FTW!

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe some light OC

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x990 *** I never run games in Fullscreen!!!***

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

Win7 32Bit




My build


CASE & PSU: comes with 500W PS, very good deal.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 79.99 (FS)


MOTHERBOARD: Very nice mobo, with 6 USB, Max RAM = 16gb

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 84.99 (FS)


PROCESSOR: Quad Core, 3.4ghz

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 102 (FS)


VIDEO CARD: (Runs great on Windows 7) - 174.99 (FS)
XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


HARD DRIVE: 1TB

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 89.99 (FS)


The total ATM without RAM is around 580 dollars.
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November 3, 2009 8:14:05 PM

Quote:
You posted this

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This will be long term

Are you planning on buying in future or now?

I dont quite understand? http://tsutton.site90.net/imgs/signature_smiley1.jpg



I'm basically planning on buying the parts over time, that's what I meant by long-term.

November 3, 2009 8:22:17 PM

1. Buying over an extended period of time is a very bad idea.
2. What exactly is the 64 bit compatibility problem that you encountered?
3. There's no reason not to get 4gb RAM.
4. Why would you need to play windowed on a 1440x990 res?
5. That PSU is terrible (and I don't really like the case either).
7. Why DDR2?
8. What is the budget??
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November 3, 2009 8:27:39 PM

jbakerlent said:
1. Buying over an extended period of time is a very bad idea.
2. What exactly is the 64 bit compatibility problem that you encountered?
3. There's no reason not to get 4gb RAM.
4. Why would you need to play windowed on a 1440x990 res?
5. That PSU is terrible (and I don't really like the case either).
7. Why DDR2?
8. What is the budget??



1. Well, thanks for the input.

2. A lot of my programs from Vista wouldn't run. This is probably a rather simple problem, but I would rather just keep the 32bit version I have right now.

3. I though Win7 32bit could only handle 3.2gb of RAM max.

4. I noticed that games run better at lower res, and I just prefer playing windowed.

5. Can you recommend new ones?

6. You skipped 6 lol

7. DDR2 is cheaper (to my understanding)
I might purchase a DDR3 compatible mobo, because I know it's better.

8. I would like to keep this under 800 - 900 dollars.
November 3, 2009 8:28:35 PM

^+1.

Also:

1. DO NOT get that PSU + case combo. RaidMax PSUs are cr@p.

2. Save up the money first and give us a solid budget. If you buy part by part, you could loose money (in terms of price vs performance).

3. DDR2 is DEAD. 2*2GB DDR2 is almost the same price as 2*2GB DDR3.

4. Why no x64?
November 3, 2009 8:29:27 PM

lol, OP posted before me.
November 3, 2009 8:32:11 PM

matteumayo said:
1. Well, thanks for the input.

2. A lot of my programs from Vista wouldn't run. This is probably a rather simple problem, but I would rather just keep the 32bit version I have right now.

3. I though Win7 32bit could only handle 3.2gb of RAM max.

4. I noticed that games run better at lower res, and I just prefer playing windowed.

5. Can you recommend new ones?

6. You skipped 6 lol

7. DDR2 is cheaper (to my understanding)
I might purchase a DDR3 compatible mobo, because I know it's better.

8. I would like to keep this under 800 - 900 dollars.


2. Most programs now SHOULD/WILL run on Win 7 x64 fine.

3. Yes, it's limited to 3.2-3.5GB or so, but you can STILL put in 2*2GB RAM.

4. Obviously, games run faster (as in more fps) at a lower res, your 5770 should not have any problems playing at 1600*1080.

5. A Corsair 450VX would do the job well.

7. See my post above.
November 3, 2009 8:32:12 PM

Shadow703793 said:
^+1.

Also:

1. DO NOT get that PSU + case combo. RaidMax PSUs are cr@p.

2. Save up the money first and give us a solid budget. If you buy part by part, you could loose money (in terms of price vs performance).

3. DDR2 is DEAD. 2*2GB DDR2 is almost the same price as 2*2GB DDR3.

4. Why no x64?



1. Can you link an alternative?

2. Okay, no problem.

3. Message received. Can you link a new mobo?

4. Personal prefference, and I also just bought 32bit. Is there some kind of discounted upgrade to 64 from 32?
November 3, 2009 8:33:27 PM

Quote:
Personal prefference, and I also just bought 32bit. Is there some kind of discounted upgrade to 64 from 32?

Unfortunately, there is no 32bit to x64 discount,etc.
November 3, 2009 8:34:50 PM

Shadow703793 said:
2. Most programs now SHOULD/WILL run on Win 7 x64 fine.

3. Yes, it's limited to 3.2-3.5GB or so, but you can STILL put in 2*2GB RAM.

4. Obviously, games run faster (as in more fps) at a lower res, your 5770 should not have any problems playing at 1600*1080.

5. A Corsair 450VX would do the job well.

7. See my post above.



3. Thanks for the tip.

5. Okay, I'll look for another case then.

November 3, 2009 8:35:51 PM

Shadow703793 said:
Quote:
Personal prefference, and I also just bought 32bit. Is there some kind of discounted upgrade to 64 from 32?

Unfortunately, there is no 32bit to x64 discount,etc.




Hmm... that sucks.

Do you know if I can use the .edu discount twice?

I used it to buy 32x for 30 bucks.
November 3, 2009 8:37:09 PM

matteumayo said:
Hmm... that sucks.

Do you know if I can use the .edu discount twice?

I used it to buy 32x for 30 bucks.

Don't know. You could always try it. Or get one of your friends to do it.
November 3, 2009 8:40:43 PM

^Link? Or are you talking about the board I linked to and the RaidMax case?
November 3, 2009 8:41:23 PM

Shadow703793 said:
^Link? Or are you talking about the board I linked to and the RaidMax case?



Link is posted.
November 3, 2009 8:53:31 PM

I'm not a fan of MSI myself, but that motherboard & case combo looks pretty good.
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