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I'm going to build my first gaming PC but will it work?

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December 14, 2013 12:02:24 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-8320
CPU cooler - Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (120mm)
Motherboard - Asus M5A97 R2.0 Motherboard (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)
SSD - Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5 inch Basic SATA Solid State Drive
Power Supply - XFX 650W XXX Edition 80+ Bronze Semi-Modular Power Supply
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? Finally, how well will this build perform?

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January 2, 2014 6:21:22 PM

you can either grab the M5a99fx pro motherboard or you will need to flash/update your bios to BIOS version 1605 for it to be compatible with that processor, unless chipping off few seconds of loading time is important to you, I personally recommend to scrap the SSD, and get a beefer GPU, such as the R9 280x, that will future proof you! especially if you are going to game at 1080p or higher!

The airflow of that case maybe a problem, or you can grab a another decent case thats well ventilated since these FX cheaps do get really hot, I suggest: Corsair Carbide 300R
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January 2, 2014 6:43:04 PM

itixmix said:
you can either grab the M5a99fx pro motherboard or you will need to flash/update your bios to BIOS version 1605 for it to be compatible with that processor, unless chipping off few seconds of loading time is important to you, I personally recommend to scrap the SSD, and get a beefer GPU, such as the R9 280x, that will future proof you! especially if you are going to game at 1080p or higher!

The airflow of that case maybe a problem, or you can grab a another decent case thats well ventilated since these FX cheaps do get really hot, I suggest: Corsair Carbide 300R


The board will definitely not need a BIOS flash to run an FX processor . The original might have , but the r2.0 version wont .

I do agree that ditching the SSD in favor of a more powerful graphics card is a good idea for most people though
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