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April 16, 2010 12:06:02 PM

Hi,
I currently have a system that is almost 5 years old and researching for a new one. I’m a casual gamer and don’t do any heavy video, mostly d/l diff types of games to play from adventure to FPS, no MMO. Price is not too much of an option, just going with the latest that is out there.

I don’t need mouse, kb, monitor, speakers. I don’t like to overclock and prefer Intel CPU.

I re-install Windows every other month or so (reformat drive), so I only need 80G or less C: drive and Windows OEM. I already have a 320G external drive.

I prefer 32bit Windows, so I would only need 3G triple channel memory. I will go for 64bit for my next system in a few years.

Here is what I found at newegg. After reading/researching, the only questions I would have is: Do I need extra cooling, fans? Do I need any thermal compound? I also read somewhere that the X58 chipset only accepts memory at 1066 and anything higher (1333, 1600…) would need to be overclocked. Can anyone answer this? Thanks in advance for all your input.

CPU:
Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80601930 - Retail

MB:
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Memory:
Crucial Ballistix 3GB (3 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model BL3KIT12864BN1337 - Retail

Case:
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

PSU:
Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply - Retail

GPU:
EVGA 896-P3-1257-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

HDD:
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD800AAJS 80GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (I have cable)

DVD:
PLEXTOR 24X DVD/CD Writer Black SATA Model PX-880SA LightScribe Support - OEM

OS:
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

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April 16, 2010 1:23:59 PM

To answer your questions: No. No. And no.

As for the actual build, it's a drastic waste of money. If all you're doing is casual use, you can easily do that on $600 (excluding Windows), assuming you ditch your Intel preference (which you should). Also, there is no reason to prefer a 32-bit OS. There is no visible/noticeable difference, and you're just wasting upgrade potential. I highly recommend switching to the 64-bit OS if you want to stay current at all. Finally, you really shouldn't get just an 80 GB HDD. It's expensive ($/GB), slow, loud, runs hot and completely unnecessary. You can just create a partition for a larger drive to do the same thing, allow you to get a faster, cooler, quieter drive.

So all of that said, I'm going to give you two builds. One that's tailered to your use and one that's a correction of what you picked.

CPU: X3 425 $70
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 $80 after rebate
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $120
GPU: HD 5770 $150
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
Case/PSU: Antec 300 Illusion and Earthwatts 430W $115
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $22
OS: Windws 7 Home 64-bit OEM $100

Total: $712

CPU: i7-930 $295
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R $210
RAM: G.Skill Pi 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $190
GPU: HD 5770 $150
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
Case/PSU: Antec 300 Illusion and Earthwatts 430W $115
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $22
OS: Windows 7 Home 64-bit OEM $100

Total: $1,137

These two builds would perform the same for your uses.
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