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December 14, 2013 8:57:16 PM

Hey there. I'm building my first pc. And I finally have the build together (in no small part thanks to you guys). I know just what I want and I I'm ready to order the parts ASAP. But before I do I need to be completely confident that all the components are fully compatible. So all I need is for you guys to give my build a thorough scrutinizing to ensure its full compatibility and good worth! If you could spare the time to take a look at each part it would be highly appreciated here guys. You have all been so helpful so far and all I need is a little more help to finally pull it all together. So with that all said and done here is the build.


CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor


Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard


RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory


Hard drive: Western Digital Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive


Power supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply


Video card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card


Optical drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer


Case: Corsair Carbide Series Black 300R Mid-Tower Computer Case


Windows 7 (I'm also not sure what versions I need 64 or 32, or if it even matters)


Anyway that's about it. I'm a bit concerned if the ram is going to be compatible. The MOBO is only rated for 2100 speed ram. Pretty small difference but idk lol.
Once again. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
December 14, 2013 10:06:26 PM

Ram can underclock with no problem, nothing to worry about there. Everything else looks good as well. The mobo will fit the case, the power supply is the bare minimum for the video card and CPU, but it will work fine. (I would try to stretch for a 600/650 if you can, your next video card will thank you) All the drives are sata and the mobo has the ports for it. The CPU fits the mobo socket.

It all looks good - have fun building it!
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December 15, 2013 12:39:05 AM

volksman said:
Ram can underclock with no problem, nothing to worry about there. Everything else looks good as well. The mobo will fit the case, the power supply is the bare minimum for the video card and CPU, but it will work fine. (I would try to stretch for a 600/650 if you can, your next video card will thank you) All the drives are sata and the mobo has the ports for it. The CPU fits the mobo socket.

It all looks good - have fun building it!


Thanks a lot man! But you might have read it wrong, the ram is actually 2133. And the MOBO is only rated for 2100. So I suppose it would be overclocking by 33 whatever points lol. But I could be completely wrong. I'm not too experienced with this stuff yet. But please get back to me on that if you can. Thanks again!
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December 15, 2013 12:48:10 AM

Actually the motherboard can run the RAM at 2133mhz, but you just need to manually input the RAM's rated specs into the BIOS yourself.
You have a decent build there. The case, processor, and gpu are great picks.
You can definitely go with 2x4gb RAM rated at 1.5v, CAS9, and 1600mhz to save yourself some money. They can be found at around ~$54-60 and you won't lose any performance.
Is that the CX500 non-modular or semi-modular series? If it is the non-modular, then don't get it. The non-modular CX series are pretty trash since they use low quality capacitors.
If you plan to overclock, you'll want a different motherboard because the LE version lacks VRM heatsinks so you really can't overclock on that. If you don't plan on overclocking, then it's a solid choice.
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December 15, 2013 1:44:48 AM

realchaos said:
Actually the motherboard can run the RAM at 2133mhz, but you just need to manually input the RAM's rated specs into the BIOS yourself.
You have a decent build there. The case, processor, and gpu are great picks.
You can definitely go with 2x4gb RAM rated at 1.5v, CAS9, and 1600mhz to save yourself some money. They can be found at around ~$54-60 and you won't lose any performance.
Is that the CX500 non-modular or semi-modular series? If it is the non-modular, then don't get it. The non-modular CX series are pretty trash since they use low quality capacitors.
If you plan to overclock, you'll want a different motherboard because the LE version lacks VRM heatsinks so you really can't overclock on that. If you don't plan on overclocking, then it's a solid choice.



Turns out it is not modular or semi modular. In that case is there a modular version? If not. Could you suggest a better psu in a similar wattage and price range that would still be fully compatible with my build? Please get back to me as soon as you can. Thanks.
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a c 275 4 Gaming
December 15, 2013 11:29:53 AM

Here would be a semi-modular version: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx600...

Or if you want to go with an even better psu: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1650snlb...
It's more expensive but it is also higher quality.

The CX600M should still work fine though with tons of headroom for upgrades.
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