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Bought my parts.. did I make any mistakes?

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June 4, 2011 6:24:25 AM

Here are the top issues that are boggling me...

I bought an MSI P67A-G43 mobo. I am planning on installing an i5 2500k or something better next summer. For now, I have an i3 2100 to put in there. Would that work?

For memory, I have G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800). Will this work? I know the i3 2100 uses 1066/1333 mhz ram, but the memory I bought should work right? Whats the difference between what I bought and PC3 10666 memory?

June 4, 2011 6:51:26 AM

Yes it will.
June 4, 2011 6:55:24 AM

Please! I updated the question can you pls answer the second part?
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June 4, 2011 6:59:39 AM

Yes. The memory is supported by your motherboard. Even if your CPU uses 1066/1333 mhz, the RAM itself should run at 1333mhz speed. You can check your BIOS to see the memory profile to see the timing/speed.
June 4, 2011 7:01:07 AM

Okay. And the PC3 12800 and PC3 10666 should both work right cuz isn't the PC3 12800 just faster transfer rate or something?

I bought the 12800 memory
June 4, 2011 7:03:12 AM

Yeah. It just means the peak transfer rate is 12800mb/s.
June 4, 2011 7:04:25 AM

sweet you rock!

thanks a lot for ur help this is my first build which cost $850 including monitor :p  don't wanna make mistakes :D 
June 4, 2011 7:07:11 AM

just one quick question... is the stock cooler on the i3 good?
June 4, 2011 7:20:28 AM

By good what do you mean? haha.

It isn't silent.
At stock settings, it won't overheat or anything. If you aren't overclocking, don't worry about it. Just grab a aftermarket cooler when you get your i5 2500k and push that bad boy.
June 4, 2011 7:22:05 AM

cool. the i3 can't be OC'd anyway so I saved money on not having to buy a hyper 212 HSF.

do you have a guide or can you explain how to install the stock cooler on top of the cpu?
a b B Homebuilt system
a b } Memory
June 4, 2011 5:17:50 PM

The stock fan is a joke. It's kinda like the fan you used to get with a Intel 200mmx.

But it does the job.