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Is this an ok budget build?

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=N82E16811147090

DFI Lanparty JR X58-T3H6 Mobo

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813136066

Rosewill 80+ Certified 530 Watt PSU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182199

Kingston HyperX 3GB SDRAM DDR3 1600

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104117

Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5850

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102884

Windows 7 32 bit

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116752

Samsung 7200RPM 32MB Cache 750GB HDD

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152227

Hanns G 19" Widescreen LCD Monitor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254023

DVD-RW/CD-RW

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118039
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  1. 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.
  2. 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 :)
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. I7-930 Processor $199.99

    AZZA Solano Full Tower Case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811517004

    EVGA X58 Mobo

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188049

    Cooler Master 630 Watt PSU

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171052

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB SDRAM DDR3 1600

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231304

    Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5850

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

    Windows 7 64 bit

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754

    Samsung 7200RPM 16MB Cache 500GB HDD

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

    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=N82E16832116856


    Is this a better setup?
  8. Best answer
    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=Story&reid=188

    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?ItemList=Combo.410730

    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.
  9. 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.
  10. Thanks a lot Proximon
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