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November 25, 2010 10:31:29 PM

Hi! So, I'm building a computer for the first time. I'm basically building the Sep. 2010 $400 computer --



My main question is about the RAM. Which one?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I understand the BallistX is higher quality, but will there be a real, tangible difference? And is it worth $50?

I'm a complete and total noob at this, and it kind of intimidates me, heh. So thanks ahead of time!
November 25, 2010 11:29:03 PM

Alright! Thanks! Will do on the PSU. So would the G.SKILL be better than the Crucial still? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Because I've read some things about that RAM and the motherboard/and DDR3-1600 RAM with that motherboard having problems.

The computer will have some gaming use, but more general use than gaming use.

But like I said, I know almost nothing about all this.
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a c 113 B Homebuilt system
November 26, 2010 1:39:55 AM

People complain about 1600Mhz RAM on AMD setups because they don't realize that the memory controller on the CPU is only rated for 1333Mhz. Anything beyond that is an overclock that might not work.

The RAM settings should default to 1333 so it should be fine. It's possible with any RAM that there can be a compatibility issue, but it's not too common with AMD.
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November 26, 2010 2:12:09 AM

Cool! Thank you a lot!
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December 5, 2010 6:54:10 PM

This is sort of a bump, but it's about the same system..

I started building the system, and all's going well except I discovered that I may have ordered the wrong video card.

I ordered:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But I think I was supposed to order:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Did I mess up? And if so, how bad, and is it just worth keeping the one I ordered. (Again, I built this based off the Sep. $400 Gaming PC - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-pc-build-a-p... )

Thank you!
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a c 113 B Homebuilt system
December 6, 2010 5:28:00 AM

The only difference I see is a lack of crossfire bridge. The board isn't a crossfire board anyway, so there is no harm done.
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December 6, 2010 6:05:21 AM

Proximon said:
People complain about 1600Mhz RAM on AMD setups because they don't realize that the memory controller on the CPU is only rated for 1333Mhz. Anything beyond that is an overclock that might not work.

The RAM settings should default to 1333 so it should be fine. It's possible with any RAM that there can be a compatibility issue, but it's not too common with AMD.


Sorry to butt in. I am in the process of putting together my 1st build as well. I have a phenom IIx4 955 processor and got 4gb of 1600mhz ram not realizing your comment above. Will the cpu still be able to run with 1600? Or will I need to exchange it?
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a c 113 B Homebuilt system
December 6, 2010 8:29:26 AM

I doubt you'll need to exchange it. As I said, it should just default to 1333Mhz.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 7, 2010 3:12:26 PM

AsRock has qualified this A-Data 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 -- $40 after rebate.

They have also qualified this GSkill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 for $59.

Some motherboard vendors have qualified DDR3 2000+. It is important to follow each vendors QVL list. Some provide timings info.

That Crucial DDR3 1333 listed above is good stuff and is qualified for many AMD AM3 motherboards.
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December 8, 2010 7:44:41 PM

Thanks for all your replies; they helped! This is sort of another bump, but I'm having another problem..

When I boot my system, everything appears to be working. All the fans (case fans, CPU fan, fan on the graphics card) spinning, optical drive works, LEDs work, etc.

However, nothing comes up on the monitor (at first I used the DVI connection, but switched to VGA just in case - nothing from either), and I don't seem to be getting any power from the I/O panel to the keyboard. Help?

Thanks!
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December 8, 2010 10:51:40 PM

Well, so far I've:

1. Made sure the CPU power cords were inserted correctly.
2. Re-seated the video card. (There is no PCI-E slot on the card for extra power.)
3. Tried booting with one stick of ram, each on different modules (and re-seated each stick of ram).
4. Reset the CMOS.
5. Checked for loose screws/parts in the case.
6. Unplugged the Reset Switch.
7. The HDD activity light doesn't come on, but I've installed it correctley. (I even switched it around to what appeared to be the wrong polarity just in case. The power button comes on.)

Nothing. This is really depressing, I don't know what it is.

It's possible that I just got a bad video card, I guess? I am building two of these (one for my family and one for a friend), so I do have another of the same card - should I try that?
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a c 113 B Homebuilt system
December 9, 2010 5:20:43 AM

You can try, but a lack of video probably just means the motherboard never posts, so there is nothing to display.

Keep working through the thread.
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