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First gaming build-- Is my hardware all compatible?

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June 25, 2011 9:42:44 AM

Hello, I was wondering if all the hardware for my gaming build is compatible with each other. This will be my very first build, so i'm newbish in this sense. Below i will post the hardware, and a link too it. Also, if there are any better suggestions please say them. I'm buying from TigerDirect, since i've worked with them before.

The build:

Asus DRW-24B1ST 24X Internal DVD Burner, Interface type= SATA
Link: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Cooler Master NV-334-KWN1-GP Elite 334 nVidia Case - ATX, mATX
Link: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition Processor - Quad Core, 6MB L3 Cache, 3.6GHz.
Link: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200RPM, 64MB, SATA 6Gbs
Link: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Corsair Vengeance Desktop Memory Kit - 8GB (2x 4GB), PC3-12800, DDR3-1600MHz, 9-9-9-24 CAS Latency
Link: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 700-Watt Power Supply - ATX, 700W, 120mm Fan
Link: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

PNY GeForce GTX 560 OC Video Card - 1GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), 2x Dual-Link DVI, Mini-HDMI, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot, SLI Ready, Overclocked
Link: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

MSI 870A-G54 Motherboard - AMD 870, Socket AM3, LAN, USB, DDR3, ATX
Link: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


Also, guys, if i'm missing any hardware, please let me know that as well. Thanks, in advance. Ask anything i wasn't clear on.









a c 136 B Homebuilt system
June 25, 2011 10:43:14 AM

It all works but you can save some money and make some improvements .

Buy a 955 Phenom. Its the exact same thing and you can change the clock speed to be the same as the 975

The Vengeance memory sounds good but its timings of 9-9-9-24 are pretty average . Look for RAM with LOWER timings [ and lower voltage if you can ]

AMD is going to release a new line of processors code named Bulldozer later this year . These plug in to the same socket as Phenom but the motherboards have to be AM3+ .Check that your mb can run an AM3+ processor and give yourself the chance to upgrade later
Search on Newegg for AM3+ . Tigerdirect only have one very expensive model
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June 25, 2011 10:45:58 AM

Thank you. On the processor, i've never messed with clock speeds before, would it be bad to do it? like the, if you have to ask don't do it rule? Also, i will look for better memory as well. But, it was hard to get any RAM at that speed, and at 8 gbs, for under 100 dollars on the site. Still, i'll see what i can do.

Also, it only says AM3. So, that wont be upgradable later?
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a c 136 B Homebuilt system
June 25, 2011 10:58:31 AM

Theres a guide to OCing in these forums .

AMD have made it VERY easy to do on their black edition processors

You wont see much ,or perhaps any, improvement in gaming by using 8 gig of RAM . Better to have 4 gig of higher quality IMO
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June 25, 2011 11:00:27 AM

Ah, i knew someone would say this. You see, i plan on running a game server, and i will allocate 2-3 gbs of my memory to handle that, so i will only have about 6 gigs anyways. I will also be running multiple editing programs and recording programs with the games, so i see it as necessary. However, your opinion is taken into consideration.

Also, any suggestion on how far to OC it?
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a c 136 B Homebuilt system
June 25, 2011 11:38:55 AM

It should easily clock to the level of the 975 . Anything more is optional .
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June 25, 2011 11:43:36 AM

Also, it seemed like only having two fans wasn't very much. You think it'll be enough to keep the system cool?
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a c 136 B Homebuilt system
June 25, 2011 1:06:36 PM

I havent seen that particular case .

Google for reviews , and see what you can find .

It says it only ships with one fan on the TD page , so you probably do need to buy another 120 mm fan
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