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June 30, 2010 4:15:28 AM

I am going to attempt to build my first budget gaming computer

My aim is to focus more on the video card/cpu. I want my parts to last me for a long time (4 or so years, college student that has to pay everything including college by myself) so I will not be overclocking anything.

Also, is everything compatible on my list?

I7-930 Processor $199.99

Rosewill Budget Case

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

DFI Lanparty JR X58-T3H6 Mobo

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

Rosewill 80+ Certified 530 Watt PSU

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

Kingston HyperX 3GB SDRAM DDR3 1600

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

Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5850

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

Windows 7 32 bit

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

Samsung 7200RPM 32MB Cache 750GB HDD

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

Hanns G 19" Widescreen LCD Monitor

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

DVD-RW/CD-RW

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

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a c 113 B Homebuilt system
June 30, 2010 4:24:29 AM

Whoa way to much CPU/MB for the budget.

The Rosewill PSU happens to be OK, but certainly does not match what you are spending on processing power ;) 

You need to raise your monitor expectations and lower the total platform cost.
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a c 113 B Homebuilt system
June 30, 2010 4:41:02 AM

Here's what I would do:

Gigabyte P55 board with USB 3.0 and Corsair DDR3 4GB kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

i5 750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sumsung Spinpoint F3 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Faster

Antec PSU and case combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Asus 21.5" monitor - 2ms, full HD 1920x1080.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And get Win 7 64-bit OEM
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June 30, 2010 4:50:18 AM

I was going to go with the i5-750 (194.99) originally until I found an i7-930 for 199.99.

I will not be upgrading my RAM over 3 GB as I just read a Tom's hardware article on how little difference 3GB/6GB/12GB RAM makes so I don't see the need for 64 bit OS.

The HDD you provided looks good.

Thanks for your input :) 
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a c 113 B Homebuilt system
June 30, 2010 5:15:06 AM

Understood about the processor deal, but you are still paying for more MB than you need, and loosing quality and features just to get an i7-930.

The DFI is older, and has no USB 3 or SATA 6GB. You said you wanted longevity.

I've been building my own systems for going on 18 years now, and I promise you that RAM demands will ALWAYS increase. My first rig used 512kb as I recall. two years ago 512MB video RAM was enough. Now you need at least 1GB.

The article you read was written, as I recall, over a year ago.

Don't limit yourself, leave options open.
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June 30, 2010 5:31:11 AM

I didn't know that about the DFI Mobo which is why I'm posting here for help. I appreciate it.

Keeping the i7-930, is there a basic budget LGA1366 socket board you would suggest that could last me?

I figured that a lot of programs aren't 64-bit compatible such as Microsoft Office 2010 (I could be wrong) which is what I need since I'm a student in college. I wanted a computer for school but also a gaming rig as well. If I got Windows 7 64-bit would I be able to play new games as well as old and use programs such as Office 2010?
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a c 113 B Homebuilt system
June 30, 2010 5:43:53 AM

The only game I have a real issue with is Civ IV, that refuses to run on my win 7 64-bit. And Crysis can be slightly buggy sometimes, but then it always has been on any platform.

Some games I have run on this platform:
WoW
Age of Conan
CoD 2
Crysis
Half Life 2
Empire: Total War
F.E.A.R. 2
Mass Effect 1 and 2
That Russian MMO...

As to MS Office, MS says you can install either the 32-bit Office or the 64-bit version on 64-bit Win 7. I myself use Open Office.

I can't predict what other software you might be asked to use in school. Some of it might indeed require an older 32-bit OS like XP to run and getting Win 7 32-bit is no guarantee in itself.


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June 30, 2010 5:57:06 AM

Ok you just convinced me to go 64 bit. I was originally going to get 6GB of RAM but felt that it was overkill. I guess it'll be smart because 6GB should be more than enough for 4 years down the road.

I guess since this is a one-time purchase I'll upgrade the mobo/case/psu. I really didn't want to spend that much but I guess quality and a good product is better than a better price and a garbage product. I'll update my new specs in a bit.
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June 30, 2010 6:18:02 AM

I7-930 Processor $199.99

AZZA Solano Full Tower Case

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

EVGA X58 Mobo

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

Cooler Master 630 Watt PSU

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

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB SDRAM DDR3 1600

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

Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5850

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814102884

Windows 7 64 bit

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

Samsung 7200RPM 16MB Cache 500GB HDD

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

Hanns G 19" Widescreen LCD Monitor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6824254023

DVD-RW/CD-RW

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827118039

Microsoft Office 2010 Home and Student

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


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a c 113 B Homebuilt system
June 30, 2010 10:50:15 AM

I don't have a review on the CM GX630, but the 750W was very poor.
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

You really should not buy PSUs based on brand, with the possible exception of Corsair.

Are you having trouble with a slow newegg? I've been waiting on it all day, off and on.

Some of your links are broken. I think the AZZA case is probably alright. You could get a nice combo on this Antec Illusion
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

The monitor you have chosen has a resolution of 1400 x 900. If you are trying to save money than don't waste it on the 5850, which would be overkill on that resolution. A 5770 would still be overkill and more reasonable.

It's a nice price on the EVGA board. It doesn't have the main feature most people buy X58 boards for.... dual X16 PCI-E slots. But then that is not why you are going that route.
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 30, 2010 3:27:55 PM

Good advice from Proximon, which is not unusual.
The biggest overkill item I see is the HD5850. Like he said, for a resolution of 1440x900, even a HD5770 is more than needed. Personally, I'm running at 1920x1080 using either a HD4850 or HD5770, and all my games (which admittedly aren't latest FPS) run at high-max settings.
I'd add Antec (except 430W Basiq) and Seasonic to the PSUs you can buy on brand name alone.
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June 30, 2010 4:21:12 PM

Thanks a lot Proximon
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June 30, 2010 4:21:28 PM

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November 4, 2010 6:36:18 AM

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