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February 1, 2010 8:18:15 PM

Just want to clarify if this system would be compatible and a pretty good gaming computer.

AMD Athlon II X4 620 Quad Core Processor Socket AM3 2.6GHZ 2MB Cache 95W Retail Box
ASUS M4A77TD ATX AM3 DDR3 AMD770 SB710 PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI IDE 6SATA
Corsair VS2GB800D2 PC2-6400 2GB 1X2GB DDR2-800 CL5 240PIN DIMM Memory X2
Radeon HD 5850 725MHZ 1GB GDDR5 4.0GHZ
Compucase 6C28B ATX Case Black 4X5.25 2X3.5 4X.3.5INT
Zalman CNPS9700 LED Copper CPU Heatsink 110MM Fan LGA775 AM2 S939
Coolermaster Extreme Power 550W ATX 12V V2.01 Silent Power Supply 20/24PIN 120MM Fan
Western Digital SE16 320GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB Cache
Liteon IHAS324 24X DVD Writer SATA Black

That's pretty much the whole system, your help would be greatly appreciated.

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February 1, 2010 8:27:15 PM

You have DDR2 RAM, when the MOBO is DDR3 RAM, so they won't work together. I recommend G.SKILL RIPJAWS DDR3 1333 Cas7 4GB (2x2GB)

I would go with the Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB hard drive fo a little more money.

The rest of you build is acceptable (not fan of your PSU but will work)

edit: I would go with the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus over the HSF you have listed. It is a better HSF.
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February 1, 2010 8:27:38 PM

You should post in the format from the "How to ask for new build advice" sticky at the top of the forum. What uses will the system be used for other than gaming? The 2.6GHz clock speed isn't great for gaming. If you won't be performing a lot of multi-threaded tasks like video editing you would probably be better off with a slightly higher clocked triple core CPU.

AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor - Retail $74.99

Your motherboard and RAM are not compatible. The AM3 motherboards require DDR3 RAM. Any current system should also have 4GB of RAM.

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C7 - Retail $109.99

That HSF is overpriced. Do you plan on overclocking? If not, you don't need a HSF at all since the one that comes with the CPU will work just fine. If you are planning on overclocking, you could save some money and go with this cooler instead:

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail $29.99

That PSU is not a quality unit. It doesn't have active PFC and has very low efficiency. Here's a quality unit in the same price range:

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $64.99 - $25 MIR

For an extra few dollars you can get a considerably faster hard drive with more storage.

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $54.99
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February 1, 2010 8:28:08 PM

Thanks for the quick reply and suggestions :D  :D 
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February 1, 2010 8:32:25 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
You should post in the format from the "How to ask for new build advice" sticky at the top of the forum. What uses will the system be used for other than gaming? The 2.6GHz clock speed isn't great for gaming. If you won't be performing a lot of multi-threaded tasks like video editing you would probably be better off with a slightly higher clocked triple core CPU.

Your motherboard and RAM are not compatible. The AM3 motherboards require DDR3 RAM. Any current system should also have 4GB of RAM.

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C7 - Retail $109.99

That HSF is overpriced. Do you plan on overclocking? If not, you don't need a HSF at all since the one that comes with the CPU will work just fine. If you are planning on overclocking, you could save some money and go with this cooler instead:

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail $29.99

That PSU is not a quality unit. It doesn't have active PFC and has very low efficiency. Here's a quality unit in the same price range:

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $64.99 - $25 MIR

For an extra few dollars you can get a considerably faster hard drive with more storage.

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $54.99


Thanks for your reply. . I GREATLY appreciate your suggestions which I will now include/replace in by build.
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February 1, 2010 8:32:29 PM

Links to the components you are considering would make it easier for people to verify compatibility. However that RAM is DDR2 and yet it looks like your motherboard is DDR3 and RAM is not backward (or forward) compatible.
There are better CPUs for gaming, I believe the Phenom II X2 550/555 are similiarly priced to the Athlon II X4 620 and is able to get higher framerates.
That harddrive isn't the best, you should consider the better performers typically not much more expensive Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB & Seagate Barracude 7200.12.
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