Hello I'm building a new machine and I would like some help. I've been doing some looking around on the internet to learn about the individual parts of a computer and I think I've done alright with what I've found so far. My main question is does this RAM work on this motherboard, the only reason I ask is because on the motherboard specs it doesn't say 1333mhz supported and i just want to make sure
I'll post my entire build so you guys can critique what i have so far and answer my questions. thank you very much
If i made any mistakes with picking out these items please let me know.
My next question is what kind of optical drive do i need with this chassis, in the specs it says 4 external 5.25" Drive Bays; so does that mean I can't use an internal dvd burner? I ask this because the external drives all look weird to me and I don't know if they're supposed to go in a computer or not.
Also would it be more beneficial for me to go for a SSD or internal Sata I don't know the difference between the two + im not sure if ssd drives benefit from the 6gb transfer rate on the motherboard
External drives will not fit the external drive bays. "External" has two meanings here. An "external drive" is a largely self-contained drive inside its own protective case for use outside the computer case. An "external" drive bay is one that has access to outside the case. An internal 3.5" drive bay for a hard drive has no outside access. An external 3.5" drive bay for a floppy does. After all you need to be able to change floppy disks.
You need an internal optical drive to fit in the external drive bay. Hey! I didn't make these definitions up.
I prefer Samsung, with LG as a close second choice.
My main question is does this RAM work on this motherboard, the only reason I ask is because on the motherboard specs it doesn't say 1333mhz supported and i just want to make sure.
The best thing to do is visit the Gigabyte website and product page for that specific mobo and check out the QVL (qualified vendor list) for memory that has been tested to work on that particular model; and then make you purchasing decision based on the memory known to work and be qualified by the mobo maker.
FYI...the model of the RAM is what you want to check out, the amount of GB per stick of RAM (unless specifically noted by the mobo maker) is usually not an issue.
TigerDirect is awful about listing the specs on their hardware. I was looking at PSUs once and they had a bunch of missing or incorrect information. That's why I buy from Newegg.com (plus, Newegg is cheaper).
Newegg lists the RAM speeds properly, and it's also cheaper on Newegg.
Why are you getting 8GB of RAM? Do you have some application you know will use that much? If not its probably a waste and may even slow your PC down.
Any DDR3 RAM that will run at 1.65V or less will work. 1.5V is preferable since that is what the motherboard will default to. It may not run at its fastest rated specs if the motherboard cant handle it or the bios settings are not set properly.
OCZ gold RAM was the first of a string of recent OCZ RAM releases that are not performing up to specs. OCZ has been getting alot of <deserved> bad rep for sending out RAM that wont work at its rated specs. Its a pain to deal with, especially if you are doing any overclocking.
As stated above, Ultra LSP was a good power supply a few years ago for prior generations of computers. New computers like you are building use 12V for almost everything so newer PSU designs put the vast bulk of their capacity on the 12V rails. For some reason Ultra has not released any new models to compete with the newer designs.
Didn't see the part about DVD burners.
What "external 5.25" bay" means is that the bay opens to the outside. I've never seen an "internal" 5.25" bay. It makes more sense when you talk about floppy drives/card readers. Those need 3.5" EXTERNAL bays, but your standard desktop hard drive needs a 3.5" INTERNAL bay.
In short, a regular internal DVD drive is supposed to go in an external 5.25" bay.
As far as the SATA II goes, there aren't any SSDs or Hard drives that can fully utilize the 6Gbps transfer speed, so it's not even worth spending anything on it. However, SSDs are a lot faster at reading data than hard drives, so they're great for putting your OS on and maybe a few major programs.
Go with a Corsair, Antec, or Seasonic PSU. It's worth every cent.