Need advice for compatibility.

First all new build for me.
Need advice for compatibility
In planning stages except I have case, PS, and the 2 WD drives.
Got my feet wet messing around with collecting used computers from flea markets, swap meets, and garage sales and has been quite a learning experience.
This new build will be for my part time home business (multi-tasking)
and some general home all around fun with beginner gaming.
The biggest concerns is memory matching speed (1600) for quad channel to work with the 8 core cpu? I don't know the difference with memory designed for dual and or quad core with the motherboard?
Trying to stay about $250 on video card as most likely stay with single monitor.
I want to run in raid 1 with the 2 WD drives. OS and programs on SSD. Lost a drive once when I was naive, still suffering 6 years later.

Thank you for any insight/advice
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  1. it needs some serious improvement

    -8320 is the same thing but for cheaper
    -better CPU cooler
    -you dont need such a high end board when you can never fill it up properly
    -you cant expand beyond 16gb of ram with a 4x4 kit, therefore wasting windows 7 pro
    -cheaper SSD that performs just as well
    -dont bother wasting time with the black drives. they perform the same and are the same
    -if you want to have data security, go do online backups with services such as carbonite. raid 1 isnt secure as you think
    -video card performs better for cheaper
    -way better case for cheaper
    -cheaper psu that is just as good
  2. PCPartPicker part list:
    Price breakdown by merchant:

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($164.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($89.25 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.97 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $868.16
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-08 08:37 EDT-0400)

    More or less just swapping around parts to make the build cheaper while giving the same level of performance after you overclock of course. Running the card in pci-e 2.0 shouldn't degrade performance (it is equavalent to someone running the card on pci-e 3.0 x8 in crossfire/sli setup in terms of bandwidth, I only worry about this if you plan on doing GPU upgrade a lot farther down the line but by than I expect only a small hit in performance and the cpu to hold u back by than). Though PCI-E 3.0 boards are also well within funds as well, this was just what I found for cheap that will get the job done.
  3. Awesome advice guys, thank you very much, I'll keep learning from you guys!
    Love this site.
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