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I'am a total noob, need some help with building my first computer

Hey, so this is my first time building a computer and these are the components that i came up with you can go ahead and laugh if i didn't do the right price and i'am a student so i cant spend too much. this is what i came up with. Thanks! oh and its for for gaming/school. etc, bf3, ac4, Skyrim.

Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153

Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131995

Graphics card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121642

power supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028

CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113286

Ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

hard drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339
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  1. Hi, You can't mix Intel boards with AMD CPUs, although appealing.
    Look on the ASUS site and you'll find the supported CPUs for your board.
  2. Hi. As far as I can see, your CPU and motherboard would not be compatible with eachother. The motherboard only takes new generation Intel CPUs, while you have selected an AMD CPU. You would either have to choose a different motherboard that supports AMD CPUs, or go for an Intel CPU. Your chosen motherboard supports the following CPUs (all Intel): http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/H87ME/#support_CPU

    Even the lowest performance CPU on the above list (website link) costs 70 dollars more than the AMD one that you selected. If that is too big of a difference, then you would need to look for another motherboard instead.
  3. ohh ok. i changed some things up, thanks for the help btw.
    i think these would be compatible. and would i be able to play modern games?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113280

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131872
  4. Best answer
    No, FM2 vs AM3+ socket.
    We can continue like this for ever. Why don't you use the ASUS site?
    http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/M5A97_LE_R20/#support_CPU
    It's much easier to pick a CPU.
  5. i see, how about you recommend me something. i think it'd be much easier.
  6. i have also changed the graphics card, i'am not sure if the compatibility matter.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202029
  7. It's not really a compatibility issue ...

    Depending upon your screen resolution and level of detail, your video card will ultimately determine your level of game play. So ... here's what I would do ...

    Snag the AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto for $65, and put the extra $50 toward your video card.

    That gets you in the range of the HIS IceQ H787Q2G2M Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB at $180.
  8. Wisecracker said:

    It's not really a compatibility issue ...

    Depending upon your screen resolution and level of detail, your video card will ultimately determine your level of game play. So ... here's what I would do ...

    Snag the AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto for $65, and put the extra $50 toward your video card.

    That gets you in the range of the HIS IceQ H787Q2G2M Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB at $180.



    I wouldn't recommend that at all. Pairing a $65 dual-core CPU with a mid-high end $200 GPU? You're just asking for bottlenecks in most new titles, especially BF3 and maybe even Skyrim.

    Anyway, do you a budget OP? We're flying blind here, you're just throwing out Newegg links and we have no idea what you need and what you're willing to spend.
  9. wolfkraut said:
    Wisecracker said:

    It's not really a compatibility issue ...

    Depending upon your screen resolution and level of detail, your video card will ultimately determine your level of game play. So ... here's what I would do ...

    Snag the AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto for $65, and put the extra $50 toward your video card.

    That gets you in the range of the HIS IceQ H787Q2G2M Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB at $180.



    I wouldn't recommend that at all. Pairing a $65 dual-core CPU with a mid-high end $200 GPU? You're just asking for bottlenecks in most new titles, especially BF3 and maybe even Skyrim.

    Anyway, do you a budget OP? We're flying blind here, you're just throwing out Newegg links and we have no idea what you need and what you're willing to spend.



    i said for gaming/school. But my budget is 650.
  10. Saladdin-1381704 said:
    i said for gaming/school. But my budget is 650.


    Ok, comes out to $604 after rebates.

    [url=PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $604.92
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-05 18:51 EDT-0400)]http://
  11. wolfkraut said:
    Wisecracker said:

    It's not really a compatibility issue ...

    Depending upon your screen resolution and level of detail, your video card will ultimately determine your level of game play. So ... here's what I would do ...

    Snag the AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto for $65, and put the extra $50 toward your video card.

    That gets you in the range of the HIS IceQ H787Q2G2M Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB at $180.



    I wouldn't recommend that at all. Pairing a $65 dual-core CPU with a mid-high end $200 GPU? You're just asking for bottlenecks in most new titles, especially BF3 and maybe even Skyrim.

    Anyway, do you a budget OP? We're flying blind here, you're just throwing out Newegg links and we have no idea what you need and what you're willing to spend.


    What's that, again?



    That said, for the OP's budget, your build is great ... except for that cheap motherboard. Use the Asus M5A97 (not LE) I listed above ...

    And selecting RAMs on the motherboard QVL list is always a good thing.


    edit: And, it would help to know what resolution your monitor is ... or will be in the **Big Plan** :D
  12. Wisecracker said:
    wolfkraut said:
    Wisecracker said:

    It's not really a compatibility issue ...

    Depending upon your screen resolution and level of detail, your video card will ultimately determine your level of game play. So ... here's what I would do ...

    Snag the AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto for $65, and put the extra $50 toward your video card.

    That gets you in the range of the HIS IceQ H787Q2G2M Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB at $180.



    I wouldn't recommend that at all. Pairing a $65 dual-core CPU with a mid-high end $200 GPU? You're just asking for bottlenecks in most new titles, especially BF3 and maybe even Skyrim.

    Anyway, do you a budget OP? We're flying blind here, you're just throwing out Newegg links and we have no idea what you need and what you're willing to spend.


    What's that, again?



    That said, for the OP's budget, your build is great ... except for that cheap motherboard. Use the Asus M5A97 (not LE) I listed above ...

    And selecting RAMs on the motherboard QVL list is always a good thing.


    edit: And, it would help to know what resolution your monitor is ... or will be in the **Big Plan** :D




    Singleplayer benchmarks for BF3 are irrelevant, the game is entirely GPU bound in singleplayer. Multiplayer, however, is heavily CPU dependent, especially on the kinds of 64 players matches that make it so popular. Still, if all he wanted to do was play BF3 singleplayer, then I guess that CPU would be wonderful for him. :P

    Here's a multiplayer benchmark. The X2 560 is unplayable at Medium settings.



    I agree about the motherboard, however. I was trying to shave off few a bucks to get the base price closer to his budget. And taking a chance with the RAM is not a good idea, you are correct.
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