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I'm going to build a gaming PC but will it all work?

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December 5, 2013 2:43:58 PM

So I'm planning on building a computer in the near future, but I'm new to building computers so I have gotten slightly confused with all of the different details that I need to know about.
The components are:
CPU - AMD FX-6350
Motherboard - MSI 970A-G43 AMD 970 ATX Motherboard (PCI-E, Socket AM3+)
Ram - Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 Mhz
Hard Drive - Western Digital 1TB internal Hard Drive - Caviar Black (3.5 inch)
Power Supply - Corsair Builder Series CX 500 Watt ATX/EPS 80 PLUS Bronze Power Supply Unit
GPU - Sapphire 11199-16-20G AMD Radeon HD 7870 Dual-X 2GB GDDR5 Graphics Card (HDMI, DVI-I, DVI-D, Display Port, PCI Express 3.0, 256-Bit, AMD Avivo HD).
Case - Zalman Z9 Plus Midi Tower Case - Black (ATX, M-ATX, 7 Expansion Slots, Supports Bottom PSU Installation, Upto 7 System Fans, Tool Free HDD Installation)
I am going to use Windows 8 if makes any change, but can someone tell me if these components will be compatible with each other and if the computer will overall work properly? Also if there are any other parts I need or any additional information, please do tell me. If some of the parts aren't compatible, could someone please tell me why and recommend a different part to use?

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December 5, 2013 2:51:55 PM

The CPU will need to fit the socket on the motherboard
The motherboard needs to support the RAM + GPU
The PSU needs to be enough to run all that
and it all needs to fit in the case
These are the things you need to research



Or just pick your components on http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/ .... it checks that they're compatible for you :) 

However I would make sure the RAM your choosing is supported by your motherboard by going to the MB website and checking (I've had a bad experience..)

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December 5, 2013 2:57:14 PM

he came here to get answer and not to be redirected. your entire build is compatible
if you wish to add another gpu in the future i would get a 700w or higher psu
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December 5, 2013 3:15:54 PM

It will work just fine. The only thing I'd recommend is maybe looking into an aftermarket Heatsync for the CPU. However I don't know how the newer stock coolers work, and it's more than likely good enough unless you want to overclock.
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December 5, 2013 3:22:10 PM

Do not need an FX 6350. FX 6300 is the same chip for less and will clock to FX 6350 speeds with a simple multiplier bump. Swap out the board for a Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P. I would also get an aftermarket cooler as stock ones tend to suck. Coolermaster Hyper TX3, T4, or 212 plus/evo are all good coolers at different price points. CX 500'w are OK PSU's, but a 550w XFX is better.
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December 5, 2013 5:07:31 PM

logainofhades said:
Do not need an FX 6350. FX 6300 is the same chip for less and will clock to FX 6350 speeds with a simple multiplier bump. Swap out the board for a Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P. I would also get an aftermarket cooler as stock ones tend to suck. Coolermaster Hyper TX3, T4, or 212 plus/evo are all good coolers at different price points. CX 500'w are OK PSU's, but a 550w XFX is better.


if he isn't ocing the stock cooler is fine
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December 5, 2013 11:04:04 PM

ben850 said:
It will work just fine. The only thing I'd recommend is maybe looking into an aftermarket Heatsync for the CPU. However I don't know how the newer stock coolers work, and it's more than likely good enough unless you want to overclock.


I don't plan on overclocking straight away, but yeah i'll definitely look into getting a stock cooler in the future, thanks
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December 5, 2013 11:04:55 PM

airplanegeek said:
logainofhades said:
Do not need an FX 6350. FX 6300 is the same chip for less and will clock to FX 6350 speeds with a simple multiplier bump. Swap out the board for a Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P. I would also get an aftermarket cooler as stock ones tend to suck. Coolermaster Hyper TX3, T4, or 212 plus/evo are all good coolers at different price points. CX 500'w are OK PSU's, but a 550w XFX is better.


if he isn't ocing the stock cooler is fine

So if i'm not planning on ocing, everything will be fine and all the components are compatible?
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December 5, 2013 11:06:59 PM

airplanegeek said:
he came here to get answer and not to be redirected. your entire build is compatible
if you wish to add another gpu in the future i would get a 700w or higher psu


Thank you for a simple answer which doesn't entirely confuse me, and i don't plan on getting a second GPU, but if i do in the future i will look at a higher Watt PSU
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December 5, 2013 11:31:32 PM

no problem, but as logain said. you can save a bit by buying the FX-6300 instead. when you overclock you can get it to FX-6350 speeds
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December 6, 2013 11:12:52 AM

airplanegeek said:
no problem, but as logain said. you can save a bit by buying the FX-6300 instead. when you overclock you can get it to FX-6350 speeds

Would you recommend me spending a bit more and getting the FX-8320 CPU? or is there very little difference in performance between the two CPUs?
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December 6, 2013 11:48:05 AM

FX 8320 is a solid choice indeed.
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December 6, 2013 12:13:19 PM

most games won't be able to take advantage of more than 4 cores. unless you are playing bf4, the 8320 will perform slightly slower in 4 core games because it has lower clock speeds.
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December 6, 2013 12:40:04 PM

airplanegeek said:
most games won't be able to take advantage of more than 4 cores. unless you are playing bf4, the 8320 will perform slightly slower in 4 core games because it has lower clock speeds.


FX 8320 is same clock speed as an FX 6300 and will bump up to FX 8350 speed with just a multiplier change. Crysis 3 takes advantage of more cores and more games will going forward. Console ports from PS4 and Xbox 1 specifically will be designed for multiple cores from the outset.
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December 6, 2013 6:05:56 PM

they are not the same speed. the 8320 is .1GHz slower. and yes in a few years more games will take advantage of more cores, but right now and in the near future theres not really that big of a point in getting an 8 core
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December 7, 2013 7:19:34 AM

airplanegeek said:
they are not the same speed. the 8320 is .1GHz slower. and yes in a few years more games will take advantage of more cores, but right now and in the near future theres not really that big of a point in getting an 8 core


Ok thank you, i'll get the 6350, and in the future maybe i'll buy a more powerful 8 core processor
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December 7, 2013 3:58:32 PM

logainofhades said:
airplanegeek said:
most games won't be able to take advantage of more than 4 cores. unless you are playing bf4, the 8320 will perform slightly slower in 4 core games because it has lower clock speeds.


FX 8320 is same clock speed as an FX 6300 and will bump up to FX 8350 speed with just a multiplier change. Crysis 3 takes advantage of more cores and more games will going forward. Console ports from PS4 and Xbox 1 specifically will be designed for multiple cores from the outset.


will I be able to overclock the FX 8320?
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December 7, 2013 4:34:55 PM

yes. you can overclock any fx cpu
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December 8, 2013 6:42:19 AM

airplanegeek said:
yes. you can overclock any fx cpu


I've changed my build a bit, will this one all work ok?
CPU - AMD FX-8320
CPU Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (120mm)
Motherboard - Asus M5A97 R2.0 (AMD 970/SB950, 4x DDR3, S-ATA 600, ATX, PCI-Express 2.0, USB 3.0, USB BIOS Flashback, Windows 8 Ready, Socket AM3+)
Ram - Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 Mhz
Hard Drive - Western Digital 1TB internal Hard Drive Black (3.5 inch)
Power Supply - Corsair Builder Series CXM 600W Modular 80 PLUS Bronze
GPU - Sapphire 11199-16-20G AMD Radeon HD 7870 Dual-X 2GB GDDR5 Graphics Card (HDMI, DVI-I, DVI-D, Display Port, PCI Express 3.0, 256-Bit, AMD Avivo HD).
Case - Zalman Z9 Plus Midi Tower Case - Black (ATX, M-ATX, 7 Expansion Slots, Supports Bottom PSU Installation, Upto 7 System Fans, Tool Free HDD Installation)
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December 8, 2013 9:32:57 AM

yep, you are good to go
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December 8, 2013 9:38:14 AM

airplanegeek said:
yep, you are good to go


ok thank you
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December 9, 2013 6:49:59 AM

airplanegeek said:
they are not the same speed. the 8320 is .1GHz slower. and yes in a few years more games will take advantage of more cores, but right now and in the near future theres not really that big of a point in getting an 8 core


Base clock speed of FX 6300 and FX 8320 is 3.5ghz. You are never guaranteed to hit full turbo speed.
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December 9, 2013 11:28:05 AM

but still. on single threads it will
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