How to know if specific computer parts work together?


I am hoping to get good advice because I am willing to upgrade my pc it's components.

My pc is getting outdated and I am only willing to buy certain parts instead of buying a whole new computer.

The only problem is, is that I am not sure if the combination of parts will work together.

My main goal is to get pc parts that are good for new games that require a lot of good pc parts.

I made a list with components which I want to use but I am not sure if they will work together:

Motherboard: M5A78L-M/USB3
Cpu: AMD Zambezi FX-4100 QuadCore
Video/Graphics card: MSI R7790-1GD5/OC
Memory: Corsair DDR3-1333, 8GK XMS CL9

These are the parts that I want to buy, but I am not sure if these parts will work together.

I hope someone with experience can help me out.

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  1. It will work together but get at least 1600MHz ram.
  2. Best answer

    There are a few ways to determine if parts are compatible.

    PCPartPicker has an automatic compatibility checker that works well, except it doesn't factor in physical space limitations.

    You can do this manually as well.
    A motherboard supports X socket, PCI E slots, SATA X and DDRX RAM.

    You find parts that fit into these respective sockets. some are backwards compatible so be sure to double check.

    Your parts are compatible, however I'd recommend an FX 63XX series.
  3. An easy way is to decide on a CPU, in it's specs it will list the socket it runs in - then head to mobos in that socket....most will generally support your CPU, but always check the mobo itself you like, can go to the manufacturers web site and they generally always provide a list of supported CPUs in their support area, most all video cards these days are PCI-E based so can pretty much look at any of them regardless of the PCI-E slots on the mobo, be it PCI-E 1, 2, 3 theslots can run any of the cards - DRAM on current mobos is DDR3 - most all CPUs can run 1333 or 1600, over and above that need a little research on the CPU you've decided on, to see what freq DRAM it can carry (many say look at the mobo specs, but that's just asking for trouble, unless you want to spend big money on high freq sticks only to find that your CPU can run them at spec and you have to run them at a lower freq, just had a guy today that bought 2400 sticks for a AMD build using a FX CPU because the mobo stated it supports 2400 DRAM, sad thing is few top of the line 8350 FX CPUs can carry 2133 sticks let alone 2400 at spec freq....with drives, today it's SATA II or III and again the components are forward and backward compatible
  4. Thank you all for the fast answers and replies, because of you all I won't have to pay like 400 euros more on spending a whole new pc!
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