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Can the FX6300 CPU support 16GB of RAM clocked at 2400Mhz?

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August 5, 2014 10:20:54 AM

I was just about to finally buy all the parts to my PC when I noticed my motherboard was only compatible with RAM speeds slower than 2400mhz, the highest speed was 2133mhz. I looked to see if it really was compatible and found it was, but also found that CPU's also had RAM compatibility restrictions, I delved into it more but have not found much of anything useful.

CPU: AMD FX 6300
MOBO: MSI 970A-G43
RAM: Kingston Beast 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400

Would really appreciate any help as I am so close to getting this PC made and would hate to prepare it again.

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August 5, 2014 10:48:10 AM

Darth Rache said:
No the max the Motherboard can handle is 2133mhz

I thought the motherboard was made before 2400mhz RAM so would just appear overclocked.

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August 5, 2014 10:50:06 AM

Mad_Matt01 said:
Darth Rache said:
No the max the Motherboard can handle is 2133mhz

I thought the motherboard was made before 2400mhz RAM so would just appear overclocked.



Yes it was , but it will either declock it or it just won't work. More than likely the later of the two.
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August 5, 2014 10:53:38 AM

Darth Rache said:
No the max the Motherboard can handle is 2133mhz, i would also advise against that motherboard, as it doesn't have a VRM heat sync. Pick this one up it is 20$ more and a pretty solid board.>>>>Link >>>>>http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga970...


Is this compatible with the RAM?
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August 5, 2014 11:04:19 AM

Mad_Matt01 said:
Darth Rache said:
No the max the Motherboard can handle is 2133mhz, i would also advise against that motherboard, as it doesn't have a VRM heat sync. Pick this one up it is 20$ more and a pretty solid board.>>>>Link >>>>>http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga970...


Is this compatible with the RAM?


No, the max with a FX 6300 you are going to get is 2133. The max that it Officially it supports is 1866Mhz.
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August 5, 2014 11:04:20 AM

Darth Rache said:
Mad_Matt01 said:
Darth Rache said:
No the max the Motherboard can handle is 2133mhz

I thought the motherboard was made before 2400mhz RAM so would just appear overclocked.



Yes it was , but it will either declock it or it just won't work. More than likely the later of the two.


More to the matter at hand is the CPU compatible with the RAM clock speed?

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August 5, 2014 11:06:47 AM

Should I look for a better CPU and Motherboard or is the extra speed not worth it. And will it even boot up at all?
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August 5, 2014 11:13:58 AM

What is your budget? the added speed isn't worth it, i have 8gb of 2933 in my benchmarking rig and i have 16gb of 1600 in my personal gaming rig. I can't tell a difference in the speed of the memory if im only using 8gb in both systems.
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August 5, 2014 11:19:02 AM

I have no real budget but don't want ridiculously priced components
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August 5, 2014 11:23:23 AM

Mad_Matt01 said:
I have no real budget but don't want ridiculously priced components


Ok, well what do you have already, and give me an amount that you would like to say around and the goal for the build.
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August 5, 2014 11:24:08 AM

What do you think should I risk it and try and boot up the PC with those components, or rethink the MOBO RAM and CPU?
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August 5, 2014 11:25:28 AM

Darth Rache said:
Mad_Matt01 said:
I have no real budget but don't want ridiculously priced components


Ok, well what do you have already, and give me an amount that you would like to say around and the goal for the build.


http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/p4djBm
That is my list and I don't want to really go over £900
The goal is to have a decent CPU above 3ghz and at the least 4 cores 16GB of RAM at hopefully 2400mhz because it is cheaper than the 2133mhz, that I have found but I will settle for 2133mhz if I have to
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August 5, 2014 11:28:41 AM

Have you already purchased them? Yea, you can use it. It will just automaticly down clock the memory to 1866, so you have wasted that extra money on the faster memory.
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August 5, 2014 11:33:18 AM

Darth Rache said:
Have you already purchased them? Yea, you can use it. It will just automaticly down clock the memory to 1866, so you have wasted that extra money on the faster memory.


I have not already purchased them

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August 5, 2014 11:36:13 AM

Ok, I made a few changes, 1 Motherboard- added a 990fx so you can take full advantage of the overclocking capabilities of the fx 6300. 2. Memory- dropped the speed down to 1866. 3. added a quality PSU. Here you are 4. added a cpu cooler so you can take full advantage of the overclocking capabilities of the fx 6300>>>

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£73.01 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.50 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard (£73.73 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£154.97 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.98 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 270X 4GB DirectCU II Video Card (£170.50 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Corsair SPEC-03 Red ATX Mid Tower Case (£45.81 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£57.17 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive (£9.58 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£72.77 @ Ebuyer)
Monitor: ViewSonic VA2246M-LED 60Hz 22.0" Monitor (£93.27 @ Amazon UK)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN781ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£8.26 @ Amazon UK)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Red 66.4 CFM 140mm Fan (£9.77 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Red 66.4 CFM 140mm Fan (£9.77 @ Scan.co.uk)
Keyboard: Corsair Raptor K30 Wired Gaming Keyboard (£37.99 @ Amazon UK)
Mouse: Gigabyte GM-M7700 Wireless Laser Mouse (£15.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £896.07
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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August 5, 2014 11:39:45 AM

Darth Rache said:
Ok, I made a few changes, 1 Motherboard- added a 990fx so you can take full advantage of the overclocking capabilities of the fx 6300. 2. Memory- dropped the speed down to 1866. 3. added a quality PSU. Here you are 4. added a cpu cooler so you can take full advantage of the overclocking capabilities of the fx 6300>>>

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£73.01 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.50 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard (£73.73 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£154.97 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.98 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 270X 4GB DirectCU II Video Card (£170.50 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Corsair SPEC-03 Red ATX Mid Tower Case (£45.81 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£57.17 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive (£9.58 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£72.77 @ Ebuyer)
Monitor: ViewSonic VA2246M-LED 60Hz 22.0" Monitor (£93.27 @ Amazon UK)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN781ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£8.26 @ Amazon UK)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Red 66.4 CFM 140mm Fan (£9.77 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Red 66.4 CFM 140mm Fan (£9.77 @ Scan.co.uk)
Keyboard: Corsair Raptor K30 Wired Gaming Keyboard (£37.99 @ Amazon UK)
Mouse: Gigabyte GM-M7700 Wireless Laser Mouse (£15.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £896.07
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-05 19:35 BST+0100


Thanks for all your help this was so valuable to me!

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August 5, 2014 11:42:59 AM

Mad_Matt01 said:
Darth Rache said:
Ok, I made a few changes, 1 Motherboard- added a 990fx so you can take full advantage of the overclocking capabilities of the fx 6300. 2. Memory- dropped the speed down to 1866. 3. added a quality PSU. Here you are 4. added a cpu cooler so you can take full advantage of the overclocking capabilities of the fx 6300>>>

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£73.01 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.50 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard (£73.73 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£154.97 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.98 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 270X 4GB DirectCU II Video Card (£170.50 @ Ebuyer)
Case: Corsair SPEC-03 Red ATX Mid Tower Case (£45.81 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£57.17 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive (£9.58 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (£72.77 @ Ebuyer)
Monitor: ViewSonic VA2246M-LED 60Hz 22.0" Monitor (£93.27 @ Amazon UK)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN781ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£8.26 @ Amazon UK)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Red 66.4 CFM 140mm Fan (£9.77 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Red 66.4 CFM 140mm Fan (£9.77 @ Scan.co.uk)
Keyboard: Corsair Raptor K30 Wired Gaming Keyboard (£37.99 @ Amazon UK)
Mouse: Gigabyte GM-M7700 Wireless Laser Mouse (£15.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £896.07
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-05 19:35 BST+0100


Thanks for all your help this was so valuable to me!



No problem, feel free to PM me if you need anything else.
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August 5, 2014 9:18:57 PM

Mad_Matt01 said:
Darth Rache said:
Mad_Matt01 said:
I have no real budget but don't want ridiculously priced components


Ok, well what do you have already, and give me an amount that you would like to say around and the goal for the build.


http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/p4djBm
That is my list and I don't want to really go over £900
The goal is to have a decent CPU above 3ghz and at the least 4 cores 16GB of RAM at hopefully 2400mhz because it is cheaper than the 2133mhz, that I have found but I will settle for 2133mhz if I have to

I don't think overclocking your RAM past 1866MHz is really needed at all.
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