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June 25, 2013 5:31:09 PM

I had a thread ( http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1711574/advice-b... ), and have marked it Solved and assume that means that I need to start a new one if I have another question. I apologize if that's not the case and I should've posted at the end of the first. I'm new to building and I've been stumbling around and changing some things I've chosen.

I'm working on building a system that will run World of Warcraft so that I can play with my children.

I found that the G.Skill Trident X Series with 2400 MHz 10 CAS Latency has a Newegg Combo Deal which makes this RAM set only about $10 more than the Corsair Vengeance 1600 MHz 9 CAS Latency that I'd originally chosen.

Here is what I'm looking at putting together, excluding OS and DVD Burner:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1a6c2


If I put 2400 MHz RAM into a Motherboard that says it supports 2100 OC, will it overtax (electrically burn out) the motherboard over time?

It looks like a motherboard that lists support for 2400 MHz DDR3 Memory is going to be $150+, which is more than I'd like to spend on a motherboard.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
a c 302 K Overclocking
a c 1311 V Motherboard
June 25, 2013 7:42:30 PM

From the looks of your other post, you have an AMD 6300? Regardless, with AMD, even the 8350, the best DRAM I would look at is 2133 (and don't count on being able to run that...realistically look for a set of 1866 in a 2 stick package, preferably CL9, or a set of 1600 in either CL8 or 7.....the 8350 is RATED UP TO 1866 AT 1 STICK PER CHANNEL.....(and actually the testing that brough things to that conclusion was done with 4GB sticks), sadly AMD CPU's just don't have strong MCs comparitively to Intel
June 26, 2013 7:26:01 PM

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you VERY much for your help, and for teaching me a little bit about looking at memory support.
I just noticed yesterday the memory info on the motherboard listing at Newegg. I had no idea that there's a memory limit on CPUs also.

I apologize for not having info you needed on this thread.

Purchased and on its way :
Case : Raidmax Super Hurricane
. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU : Corsair 600W ATX12V v2.3 80+ Bronze Certified
. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Hard Drive : Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB 7200 RPM 64 MP Cache
. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Video Card : ASUS Radeon HD 7790 1GB 128-bit PCI Express 3.0
. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Anti-Static Wrist Strap http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Will Order DVD Drive : Lite-On DVD Burner 24x DVD+R 8x DVD+RW
. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I managed to cancel the other items (CPU, motherboard, RAM) before they shipped, and can make changes to what I'd chosen to do.

Budget : $500 - $600
System Usage : gaming (World of Warcraft)
Monitor Resolution : will be using what I have (a 5:4 standard box?--Thanks, Clutchc) for a while, prob replace when return to school
Country : United States

I anticipate returning to school in a year or two to complete my Baccalaureate, and will probably end up in the Bioinformatics track. This would include working with programs like MatLab, sets of x-rays (100+ or more) to create an image for diagnostics, and I expect that there will be 3-D imaging work as well. I'm hoping that I'll also be able to use this machine for those courses (keeping cost of any necessary component upgrades to a minimum).

I've done more reading today after you taught me to watch the memory supported on the components that I'm looking at. I wouldn't mind spending a little more (~$50) if it would be worth it and I'd actually use the power increase. And I'm looking at moving down a step, too. I still have so much to learn. I'll keep working on it.
Thanks again

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a c 302 K Overclocking
a c 1311 V Motherboard
June 26, 2013 7:40:22 PM
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No problem, MetLab doesn't have high requirements so 8GB should be plenty for now, and if you look to upgrade in the future, would prob suggest Intel, for now would stick w/ what I suggested earlier
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