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September 22, 2013 1:29:45 AM

Heyy, thanks for checking. I need help checking if all my components are compatible with each other. I should say that I am NOT an expert and I might not understand the technical terms, so please give a conclusion at the end of what to do, in simple terms.

Case: CiT mars midi tower (gaming case) - 2x red LED fans and LED display.
Power supply: ACE 750W BR PSU - 12cm red fan
Motherboard: Asus sabertooth 990fx R2.0
CPU: AMD fx-6300
Memory: Unsure what to buy, I think it's RAM. Can someone explain, with a suggestion?
Video/graphics card: Asus AMD radeon HD 6670 (2GB, DDR3, PCI Express 2.1, HDMI)
Storage: Generic hard disk drive - 500GB sata II
Optical drive: Not buying one, I will download off steam.

I apologise for all of the writing, but I'm unsure what words were/n't needed for you to understand.
Also, have I got enough components, or am I missing a few pieces?
I'm on a tight budget as I'm only 15, although I have some extra money, if someone explains why this component would be a better option to buy. Lastly, have I cheaped out on anything? It's only purpose is for gaming; I have no intent for anything other than that. (Got a laptop)

PS - I wouldn't mind spending a lot in one department, if it ensured I would get a long lasting Gaming experience. I've been told the CPU is the most important, considering that mine isn't the most expensive, would it still get the job done? (Whilst playing big title names, such as: BF4, Dragon age & dark souls 2... basically RPGs)

Thanks a lot for any and every response.

- Bean Head :D 
September 22, 2013 2:52:28 AM

I recommend you to get an aftermarket CPU cooler (Means a third-party CPU cooler, not the stock cooling), but if you believe you don't need it, then ignore this.

Hmm memory.. It really depends on what you're using it for. For example, most games don't use more than 4Gb of ram (Some use more if they were modded or if the game's architecture takes a lot of ram). Also keep in mind that in order to be able to install a 64-bit Windows 7/8 for example, you're gonna need at least 4GB of ram because the minimum to run Windows 7/8 64-bit version is 4GB. But my advice for the ram is to get an 8GB of RAM (Since you want a long lasting gaming experience), it'll be more than enough for gaming.

Your motherboard supports RAM speed up to 1866MHz.

These are some options to get you started (I picked the fastest ones for the performance):

G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (CAS 9) $45.99+ :http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f314900cl9d4...
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (CAS 9) $67.50+: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f314900cl9d8...
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (CAS 9) $126.92+: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f31866c9d16g...

CAS stands for the RAM's latency or response time. The lower it is, the faster it will be, but put in mind the MHz of the RAM as well (Higher MHz = Faster Performance).

And when it comes to gaming, really the CPU isn't the most important thing here (Dual cores and Quad cores are actually enough to run any game), that would be the GPU, specially in demanding games like BF3, so in most cases it's the GPU.

You can throw another 6670 (same model) if you want in CrossFireX to max out BF3 easily, and probably even BF4. OR upgrade to AMD 7970 for a much higher performance in gaming.
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September 22, 2013 3:09:25 AM

If you're not satisfied with the prices, tell me your budget and I'll suggest you items that go within your range.

P.S. The case isn't good in my opinion, but that's up to you.
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September 22, 2013 5:03:08 AM

VENAXIS said:
I recommend you to get an aftermarket CPU cooler (Means a third-party CPU cooler, not the stock cooling), but if you believe you don't need it, then ignore this.

Hmm memory.. It really depends on what you're using it for. For example, most games don't use more than 4Gb of ram (Some use more if they were modded or if the game's architecture takes a lot of ram). Also keep in mind that in order to be able to install a 64-bit Windows 7/8 for example, you're gonna need at least 4GB of ram because the minimum to run Windows 7/8 64-bit version is 4GB. But my advice for the ram is to get an 8GB of RAM (Since you want a long lasting gaming experience), it'll be more than enough for gaming.

Your motherboard supports RAM speed up to 1866MHz.

These are some options to get you started (I picked the fastest ones for the performance):

G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (CAS 9) $45.99+ :http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f314900cl9d4...
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (CAS 9) $67.50+: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f314900cl9d8...
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (CAS 9) $126.92+: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f31866c9d16g...

CAS stands for the RAM's latency or response time. The lower it is, the faster it will be, but put in mind the MHz of the RAM as well (Higher MHz = Faster Performance).

And when it comes to gaming, really the CPU isn't the most important thing here (Dual cores and Quad cores are actually enough to run any game), that would be the GPU, specially in demanding games like BF3, so in most cases it's the GPU.

You can throw another 6670 (same model) if you want in CrossFireX to max out BF3 easily, and probably even BF4. OR upgrade to AMD 7970 for a much higher performance in gaming.


Thanks a lot for the reply! Cleared most of the hard stuff out of the way and I've decided to get 2 sticks of 4GB Gskill. Also I'll check the prices and probably get a cooler, any suggestions what one?

But what I still need help on is: You kinda lost me when you started speaking about GPU. No idea what it is, or did I mention it in a different name? Lastly, what do you mean about throw another 6670? Not sure whether that means buy 2 of them or don't buy either. (The price of the AMD 7970 is way over my limit, sorry :p  )
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September 22, 2013 5:36:33 AM

BeanHead98 said:
VENAXIS said:
I recommend you to get an aftermarket CPU cooler (Means a third-party CPU cooler, not the stock cooling), but if you believe you don't need it, then ignore this.

Hmm memory.. It really depends on what you're using it for. For example, most games don't use more than 4Gb of ram (Some use more if they were modded or if the game's architecture takes a lot of ram). Also keep in mind that in order to be able to install a 64-bit Windows 7/8 for example, you're gonna need at least 4GB of ram because the minimum to run Windows 7/8 64-bit version is 4GB. But my advice for the ram is to get an 8GB of RAM (Since you want a long lasting gaming experience), it'll be more than enough for gaming.

Your motherboard supports RAM speed up to 1866MHz.

These are some options to get you started (I picked the fastest ones for the performance):

G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (CAS 9) $45.99+ :http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f314900cl9d4...
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (CAS 9) $67.50+: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f314900cl9d8...
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (CAS 9) $126.92+: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f31866c9d16g...

CAS stands for the RAM's latency or response time. The lower it is, the faster it will be, but put in mind the MHz of the RAM as well (Higher MHz = Faster Performance).

And when it comes to gaming, really the CPU isn't the most important thing here (Dual cores and Quad cores are actually enough to run any game), that would be the GPU, specially in demanding games like BF3, so in most cases it's the GPU.

You can throw another 6670 (same model) if you want in CrossFireX to max out BF3 easily, and probably even BF4. OR upgrade to AMD 7970 for a much higher performance in gaming.


Thanks a lot for the reply! Cleared most of the hard stuff out of the way and I've decided to get 2 sticks of 4GB Gskill. Also I'll check the prices and probably get a cooler, any suggestions what one?

But what I still need help on is: You kinda lost me when you started speaking about GPU. No idea what it is, or did I mention it in a different name? Lastly, what do you mean about throw another 6670? Not sure whether that means buy 2 of them or don't buy either. (The price of the AMD 7970 is way over my limit, sorry :p  )


For the CPU fan, I strongly recommend the Cooler Master
Hyper 212 EVO for its unbeatable performance for the price ($29.99+): http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-r...

Haha sorry about that, haven't slept for over 26 hours! Alright, so the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is your video cart.

Yeah I meant to buy another one and configure both your cards in CrossFireX, but that was only a suggestion as I didn't know your budget. Your video card is actually great even alone, so you don't need to upgrade it! You'll be able to play BF4 at medium-high probably, that's my guess.

Your most welcome ;) 
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