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I'm New To PC Building And Am Wondering If These Components Will Work Together

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May 27, 2013 1:35:01 PM

So, I've heard a lot about building your own computer and I've decided I'm going to do it. I'm having a friend help me with building it, I just need to know if these parts will work with each other.

CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73820

GPU: Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7870 2 GB GDDR5 DVI-I/HDMI/2x Mini-Displayport PCI-Express 3.0 Graphic Card GV-R787OC-2GD

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GXM

Motherboard: ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - OEM

Hard Drive: Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

PSU: CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Note: This PC will be used for mostly gaming, no video editing or anything like that.
May 27, 2013 1:40:03 PM

I would answer this, but it's a hassle clicking each link then cycling through tabs...try to edit your post to let us know what you've selected. Also, click the link in my sig. It helps if you fill in this template and give us other info, chiefly your budget. :) 
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May 27, 2013 1:42:43 PM

1, You probably don't need 16GB RAM. Drop it down to 8
2. PSU is probably a bit overkill at 750W. Go for 500-600W.
3. Soundcard probably not needed, unless you have really good speakers, and will notice the difference over the onboard sound
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May 27, 2013 1:45:03 PM

What is your budget? And RAM is expensive right now and for gaming you only 8gb so get a DDR3 1600 8gb(2x4gb) kit instead. Also in a week new processors are coming out for intel, so if you can wait a week either current processors might go on sales/deals. Also sometimes newegg.com is cheaper so if you can order form there I would highly recommend checking it out.
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May 27, 2013 1:46:54 PM

USAFRet said:
1, You probably don't need 16GB RAM. Drop it down to 8
2. PSU is probably a bit overkill at 750W. Go for 500-600W.
3. Soundcard probably not needed, unless you have really good speakers, and will notice the difference over the onboard sound


I was wondering about the soundcard. Will I still be able to plug in my headset without it?
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May 27, 2013 1:48:10 PM

I'd not go Sandybridge-E. Get something like an i5-3570K...that's fine for gaming. Put the extra cash into your GPU, go for a 670 / 7970. I agree with dropping the RAM, 8GB is fine. You also don't need a discrete soundcard unless you have a specific reason...personally, I find onboard sound is more than enough.

You also want a different motherboard. You've chosen one for an AMD CPU and are using an Intel CPU. That won't work. A Z77 motherboard will do you; if you go Nvidia, make sure that the motherboard supports SLI if you ever plan on going multi-GPU. If you do plan this, stick with the 750W PSU...otherwise, drop it to 600 - 650W.

You can also get cheaper cases that are just as good, unless you're set on the HAF.
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May 27, 2013 1:48:29 PM

Delirious788 said:
What is your budget? And RAM is expensive right now and for gaming you only 8gb so get a DDR3 1600 8gb(2x4gb) kit instead. Also in a week new processors are coming out for intel, so if you can wait a week either current processors might go on sales/deals. Also sometimes newegg.com is cheaper so if you can order form there I would highly recommend checking it out.


Thank you for the suggestion on the RAM, also all of the components are not set in stone and it will prbably be a month or two till I get the money to afford everything, so thank you for the note about the processors.
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May 27, 2013 1:50:11 PM

Just to repeat, as it looks like you've missed it...your current CPU and motherboard are incompatible.
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May 27, 2013 1:50:17 PM

diellur said:
I'd not go Sandybridge-E. Get something like an i5-3570K...that's fine for gaming. Put the extra cash into your GPU, go for a 670 / 7970. I agree with dropping the RAM, 8GB is fine. You also don't need a discrete soundcard unless you have a specific reason...personally, I find onboard sound is more than enough.

You also want a different motherboard. You've chosen one for an AMD CPU and are using an Intel CPU. That won't work. A Z77 motherboard will do you; if you go Nvidia, make sure that the motherboard supports SLI if you ever plan on going multi-GPU. If you do plan this, stick with the 750W PSU...otherwise, drop it to 600 - 650W.

You can also get cheaper cases that are just as good, unless you're set on the HAF.


The case was honestly the first one I saw, so I'll check more into that. The motherboard is also one of the first I saw. Will this one be better?

MSI Z77A-G45 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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May 27, 2013 1:50:33 PM

FroggToggz said:
USAFRet said:
1, You probably don't need 16GB RAM. Drop it down to 8
2. PSU is probably a bit overkill at 750W. Go for 500-600W.
3. Soundcard probably not needed, unless you have really good speakers, and will notice the difference over the onboard sound


I was wondering about the soundcard. Will I still be able to plug in my headset without it?


Yes.
A plugin sound card often provides better audio, but only if you have the sound devices to use it....ex. better speakers in a DJ or music production situation
Use the onboard until you decide you really, really need an extra sound card.
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May 27, 2013 1:51:53 PM

USAFRet said:
FroggToggz said:
USAFRet said:
1, You probably don't need 16GB RAM. Drop it down to 8
2. PSU is probably a bit overkill at 750W. Go for 500-600W.
3. Soundcard probably not needed, unless you have really good speakers, and will notice the difference over the onboard sound


I was wondering about the soundcard. Will I still be able to plug in my headset without it?


Yes.
A plugin sound card often provides better audio, but only if you have the sound devices to use it....ex. better speakers in a DJ or music production situation
Use the onboard until you decide you really, really need an extra sound card.



Thank you for the suggestion, I think I'll be dropping the sound card. :) 
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May 27, 2013 1:53:57 PM

The motherboard you use depends. If you want to overclock and/or go SLI, then you want a more high-end one. If not, then it's not so important.
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May 27, 2013 1:55:25 PM

diellur said:
The motherboard you use depends. If you want to overclock and/or go SLI, then you want a more high-end one. If not, then it's not so important.


Im new to PC building and I don't plan on going SLI so I think this one will do. All in all, if I bought all of these parts today (without the sound card and with 8GB RAM) would it all work?
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May 27, 2013 1:56:48 PM

Yes, but it's not going to be the best gaming system. We need your budget to help you fully.
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May 27, 2013 1:59:18 PM

diellur said:
Yes, but it's not going to be the best gaming system. We need your budget to help you fully.



I'm not looking for a crazy amazing gaming rig. Just a upper end one that can manage say Borderlands 2 with medium settings at 60 frames, or somewhere in the ballpark of that. My budget is around 1200 not counting mouse, monitor, keyboard, etc. I don't want a SSD or multiple GPU's. But aside from that any suggestions would be greatly appreciated/
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May 27, 2013 2:03:12 PM

For $1200, you should be able to squeeze in an SSD + HDD
And get low profile RAM instead of those fin things. You'll thank me later when you want to put in a better air cooler.
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May 28, 2013 12:36:56 AM

Given your initial spec, I would definitely say drop the Sandybridge-E CPU (which is S2011, so the S1155 motherboard you picked above would also not be compatible). You could then afford to upgrade the 7870 to a 7950 or possibly a 7970; that'll set you up for a good while at 1080p...you'll get 60fps on high settings with either of those GPUs.

I'd also reconsider and add an SSD to your system. It's far and away the best upgrade you can get for system responsiveness; it needn't be pricey. I use a 120GB SSD for my OS and programs (MS Office etc) and then put my games on a 1TB HDD. You get the best of both worlds that way.
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