Budget i7 Build (Gaming, Video Editing)

I was just curious to see what some of your opinions on this build are. Any input is appreciated.


Core i7 930 - $199.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0331303

Asus Rampage II Extreme - $130.97
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0302536

Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 Dual Channel Kit CT2KIT25664BA1339 - $89.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0307440

Sparkle GeForce GTX 460 768MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.0 x16 Graphics Card - $159.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0341905

OCZ 600 Watt ModXStream Pro Modular ATX - $51.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0337644

Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7,200RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s - $44.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0340804

LG GH22NS50 22X Internal SATA Super Multi DVD Drive - $17.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0321889

Linkworld LC323 ATX Mid Tower Case - $15.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0312887


Comes out to - $711.90
$770.63 With taxes

Will a 600W PSU be enough to handle this setup? Also yes I realize that I have dual channel memory with a triple channel board. Im just trying to go as cheap as I can for now. I plan on buying another 2GB module later on.
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  1. If you plan on adding another GPU, you should step up to at least an 850W PSU, idealy 950-1000W.

    Stick with a triple channel kit because even if you get another stick down the line, it may not be compatible with the other two. It's one of those not required but recommended kind of things.

    I would also go with the 1TB version of the HDD, micro center only has it listed for $15 more than the 500GB one.

    If you plan to OC, grab a Hyper 212+ over there too, they list it around $20.

    Personally I wouldn't spend less than $25 on a case because below that point, the quality drops. Sometimes the case is flimsy, other times it rattles or resonates noise. I fully understand your stance on budget but its just a matter of opinion.

    Everything else looks fine.
  2. I dont plan to run SLI anytime soon. Also they have a 2GB single module ram thats the same model I plan to get at a later time. As far as the case goes im just trying to find something to put it in for the time being. I'll upgrade later on to something nice. I have thought about getting the 1TB model, but Im just trying to get it as low as possible for now. Im really tight on money. Thanx for your input. I think that motherboard is a steal for that price so I thought Id go ahead and get a X58 setup instead of going with P55.
  3. Even if you buy the same model, there is no guarantee that a module from a different batch will work in parallel without issue. Mixing and matching ram modules isn't recommended. A 6GB kit won't cost you that much more:

    Mushkin Enhanced SP 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory
    $105 w/free shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226063&cm_re=ddr3_1333_6gb-_-20-226-063-_-Product

    I think you can get a better deal if you buy that power supply from Newegg. There are a lot of really good combos with it:

    w/Lite-On 24X DVD Burner (Retail)
    $52 after a $20 rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.511529

    w/GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB Video Card
    $200 after a $20 rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.506264

    w/Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB
    $85 after a $20 rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.506601

    w/Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    $70 after a $20 rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.506570

    w/Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    $75 after a $20 rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.506571
  4. Yea those deals look good. I just hate ordering online when I have a frys, microcenter and a compusa right by me. Im definitely reconsidering now though. I'll go ahead and get a 6GB kit. Dont want to take any chances and plus its only a little more. I can spare that much. Thanks for the input. Much appreciated. I really want to get the XFX 650W PSU or the Corsair 650TX. I just dont know if its in my budget.
  5. Even in SLI you don't need 850-1000W. That's overkill. http://www.anandtech.com/show/3809/nvidias-geforce-gtx-460-the-200-king/17

    Good decision getting 3x2GB RAM up front.
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