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.
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.