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Athlon II X3 785g build--feedback on compatibility and other pitfalls?

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December 25, 2009 9:05:05 AM

Hullo everyone! Hope you're all thoroughly stuffed with food or on your way to a stuffing soon... :) 

I'm building a PC for the first time, and I'd very much appreciate your advice on the parts I've decided on. I'm especially worried about compatibility issues, and I'd also like some recommendations for quiet-ish fans that are appropriate for this case, as well as pointers on other things I might want to get to make this a hassle-free setup :) 

Anyway, here goes. I'll provide links to newegg for the sake of simplicity, but the parts will all be purchased in Sweden :) 

Case
Lian-Li PC-V351B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard
ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(micro-ATX 785g chipset with IGP and dedicated graphics memory)

Processor
Athlon II X3 435 2.9 GHz (Rana core)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333 PC3 10666 CAS 7 1.65v (OCZ3P1333LV4GK)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OR

Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1066 PC3 8500 CAS 7 1.5v
(CT2KIT25664BA1067)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU
CORSAIR CMPSU-650HX 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



That's it for the components!

The question that's worrying me the most is whether or not the RAM modules are compatible with the processor and motherboard, despite being (from what I can tell) fairly low voltage. I won't be doing any overclocking with this particular setup, and I'll be dropping the processor into another build within a year anyway... but I need it to run smoothly until then :) 

I'm also wondering what I should replace the case-fans with. I'm not sure how quiet they are and from what I've gathered this case can be a bit of a pain to work with so I think I'd prefer to just put in well-known and recommended fans right from the outset.

Do I need some sort of fan controller as well?

Finally, do you have any recommendations for eg. thermal paste, and do you feel I've left out something really important? ;) 

I don't see the need for an optical drive atm, but if I find a good one cheap I'll get it.

I know the PSU is overkill for this setup... but I wanted a well-recommended modular PSU from Corsair at a good price and from a reliable retailer and that left me with this or the 620W model, so it'll be one of those two. I'll be using it for some years to come so it should be okay :) 

Any and all help would be very much appreciated!

ty
December 25, 2009 12:39:17 PM

Go with the cheaper ram if you're not overclocking. Expensive ram will run at the stand settings of cheap ram by default.

Overall, your build list is perfect.
December 25, 2009 11:35:19 PM

Okay, thanks! :) 

Just to clarify: I don't really need to concern myself with the voltage for either kit in building this system, since I won't benefit significantly from either a lower or higher voltage eg. in terms of heat? :) 

If that is the case then I guess I'm going with the higher-voltage OCZ kit (those two are the best deals on low-latency 4gb DDR3 kits I could find from a reliable retailer in Sweden, and here the OCZ is cheaper).

I assume the OCZ modules are at least as reliable as the ones from crucial??

Thanks again for the input, it's reassuring to know the components-list is more or less done =D
December 27, 2009 4:33:00 PM

To an experienced computer builder, brands make very little difference. I've dealt with OCZ RMA. They were pretty good. I'm dealing with Crucial right now. It's the holiday season's fault that my ram's delivery is being delayed. Crucial did ask me if I was to continue my RMA by email.

Pull the trigger and have a good time.
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