System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, watching streams, flash games, youtube, research papers
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, case, hard drive, graphics card (GT 520), OS, dvd drive
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon
Country: US - Hawaii
Parts Preferences: reputable brands
SLI or Crossfire: no
Monitor Resolution: 1440x900. Possible 1680x1050 in future.
- Building for brother. He's a jobless stingy person so the budget is tight here.
- Seems to not care about upgrading this in the near future beyond graphics card. Would this cheapo board be worth it? Can I get by with what's currently on this or should I find another board?
- Recycling Windows 7 32-bit. Should I just pick up 8gigs if ram now since it's so inexpensive? He'll enter college in about a year and a half and can pick up a 64-bit copy. That or I could grab one for him in my next MSNDAA(sp?) renewal next year. Rather, how much of a hit will we see from running 1x4gb from a 2x4gb set?
- Recycling GT 520. I'd like to assume this can run GW2 on mid anyway. Upgrade plan is GTX 460 or better suggested equivalent if theres extra money. Only if he feels he wants to use it on that, otherwise savings is always good.
This is my current set up for the parts that need to be replaced.
That sounds like a good idea actually. Now that I think about it, theres no real space to tuck wires in the case so paying a bit more for modular would help. I was under the impression that XFX used Seasonic PSUs as a base though?
Can I assume this is as far as I can get away with a cheap board?
I think you're right about the XFX-SeaSonic connection.
Also, what you have originally listed is fine. Looks like a sound budget board. If your brother is getting Win7 64-bit in the future, it would probably be easier to just get 8GB RAM now since it is so cheap. Maybe something like this: