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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 388 K Overclocking
a c 1694 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
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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 388 K Overclocking
a c 1694 V Motherboard
June 26, 2013 7:40:22 PM

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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